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Five essential cybersecurity podcasts for IT professionals

A curated list of cybersecurity podcasts to help security experts and enthusiasts stay on top of emerging threats.

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From the rise of ransomware to the blooming IoT exploit market, in the coming months security professionals at organizations as diverse as governments agencies, enterprise companies, and SMBs will face a growing number of cybersecurity threats.

Because they are both timely and convenient, podcasts are a great way for IT pros to nimbly dance across the ever-shifting sands of cybersecurity trends and stay connected to communities of likeminded experts and enthusiasts.

SEE: Cybersecurity spotlight: The ransomware battle (Tech Pro Research report)

This is a list of essential security podcasts curated to cover a diverse range of topics. Shows like Security Now and Risky Business analyze security news and headlines, Defensive Security and Exploring Information Security are beefy conversations about enterprise and business security trends, and the Social Engineer Podcast is a roundtable discussion about penetration and pretexting tactics.

Although these are some of the most informative and interesting cybersecurity podcasts, this is far from a comprehensive collection of shows. Share your favorite technology and security audio and video podcasts in the comments below.

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Security Now

Security Now is one of the longest-running, most-respected security podcasts. Host Steve Gibson coined the phrase "spyware" and is revered in the security community for writing early anti-malware software. Security Now is a program for both news and tech junkies and provides analysis and detailed technical dissection of security headlines.

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Risky Business

Produced by radio host Patrick Gray, Risky Business is an award-winning news program targeted at IT professionals. The program provides context to top security headlines and routinely features guest-host experts who share nuanced details about the state of global hacking, defensive tactics for businesses, and emerging cybersecurity trends.

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Defensive Security

Not your typical vanilla tech podcast, Defensive Security is a nerdy but head-banginging romp through hot malware trends that threaten SMBs and enterprise companies. Hosts Jerry Bell and Andrew Kalat are well-versed in technical components of network security and work hard to articulate tangible lessons from data breaches for business listeners.

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Exploring Information Security

Exploring Information Security is, as the program's name states, an exploration of the IT security space. Host Timothy De Block brings listeners into security culture by conducting interviews with thought leaders, live reports from conferences like DerbyCon, and technical explainer conversations about topics like cryptography, DDoS attacks, and threat modeling.

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The Social-Engineer Podcast

Humans are often the weakest link in an organizational security chain. Social engineering, a time-tested hacker tactic, is the practice of tricking someone into revealing sensitive information like network passwords. The Social-Engineer podcast is an amalgamation of indie music, deep interviews with security experts, and a topical roundtable discussion about pretexting strategies companies are most likely to encounter.

Although these are some of the most informative and interesting cybersecurity podcasts, this is far from a comprehensive collection of shows. Share your favorite technology and security audio and video podcasts in the comments below.

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About Dan Patterson

Dan is a Senior Writer for TechRepublic. He covers cybersecurity and the intersection of technology, politics and government.

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