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35 of the Best Information Security Podcasts to Follow in 2019

by Nate Lord on Thursday January 3, 2019

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Podcasts are a go-to resource for security professionals – here's our roundup of 35 of the top podcasts covering information security.

For years information security podcasts have been a popular medium for digesting security news, keeping up with the latest threats, learning about recent incidents, and everything else you need to know to stay at the top of your game. Podcasts can be pretty entertaining, too. After all, no one gets security humor quite like your peers.

There are some fantastic podcasters hailing from the security field, bringing decades of experience, unique perspectives, and valuable insights to audiences around the world. We've rounded up 35 of our favorite, must-listen podcasts from top infosec pros, analysts, journalists, and more who aim to educate, entertain, and inform, breaking down hours of reading material into easy-to-digest podcast episodes. In other words, you can absorb hours' worth of security news and information in as little as half an hour or so – or, at least gain awareness of the most pressing threats and other news that you want to dig into further on your own.

If you're looking to expand your podcast subscriptions or spend your time more wisely by digesting security news and insights on your daily commute, here are our top 35 recommendations, sorted into four categories: Independent Podcasts, Educational and Professional Organization Podcasts, Media Podcasts, and Vendor Podcasts.

Independent Podcasts

1. Security Now!
Hosts: Steve Gibson, Leo Laporte

Security Now!

Security Now! is a weekly podcast featuring Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte who spend nearly two hours discussing vital security concerns ranging from news to long-standing issues and their solutions. Security Now! focuses on personal security, offering valuable insights to help their audience overcome common challenges and ramp up their personal security.

Three episodes you should check out from Security Now!:

2. Security Weekly
Host: Paul Asadoorian

Security Weekly

Security Weekly covers IT security news, vulnerabilities, hacking, research, and related topics of interest for the information security community. Their goal is to reach a wide global audience to share insights and information that help them learn, grow, and become savvy security professionals. Hosted by Paul Asadoorian, Security Weekly has been going strong for 11 years.

Three episodes you should check out from Security Weekly:

3. Risky Business
Host: Patrick Gray

Risky Business

First established in 2007, Risky Business is one of the most highly regarded and most-listened-to podcasts in the information security space. Risky Business aims to take a lighthearted look at information security news and has earned a reputation for covering the most alarming hacks and gaining insights from guests in-the-know.

Three episodes you should check out from Risky Business:

4. The Unsupervised Learning Podcast
Host: Daniel Miessler

The Unsupervised Learning Podcast

The Unsupervised Learning Podcast is hosted by Daniel Miessler, an information security professional and writer. Miessler digests three to five hours of reading about information security, technology, and people into a concise, 15 to 30-minute summarized podcast every week. There are dozens of podcasts in the Unsupervised Learning archive, providing a plethora of insights in a brief, entertaining format.

Three episodes you should check out from Unsupervised Learning:

5. Down the Security Rabbithole
Hosts: Rafal Los, James Jardine, Michael Santarcangelo

Rafal Los, James Jardine, and Michael Santarcangelo team up to deliver the Down the Security Rabbithole podcast, a weekly podcast first introduced in 2011. The podcast focuses on security from a business perspective and features regular guests who speak on current news and offer expert insights on the latest information security trends and happenings.

Three episodes you should check out from Down the Security Rabbit Hole:

6. Defensive Security Podcast
Hosts: Jerry Bell, Andrew Kalat

Defensive Security Podcast

The Defensive Security podcast analyzes recent infosec news and disseminates it to identify valuable lessons that you can put to real-world use in protecting your company or your clients' companies. Hosted by Jerry Bell and Andrew Kalat, the Defensive Security Podcast offers new episodes two to three times each month for your listening pleasure.

Three episodes you should check out from Defensive Security Podcast:

7. Security Conversations
Host: Ryan Naraine

Cybersecurity scribe Ryan Naraine hosts a series of discussions around threat intelligence, penetration testing, bug bounties, red team exercises, and more. Ryan releases several episodes a month in which he discusses security with CEOs, CISOs, engineers, and researchers.

Three episodes you should check out from Security Conversations:

8. The Southern Fried Security Podcast
Hosts: Andy Willingham, Martin Fisher, Steve Ragan, Joseph Sokoly, Yvette Johnson

The Southern Fried Security Podcast

Andy Willingham, Martin Fisher, Steve Ragan, and other hosts discuss information security, news, and conduct interviews with thought leaders and other personalities of interest within the information security community. An entertaining podcast held every few weeks, The Southern Fried Security Podcast is one you'll want to tune into. Check out iTunes for the most recent podcast archives.

Three episodes you should check out from The Southern Fried Security Podcast:

9. Data Driven Security
Hosts: Jay Jacobs, Bob Rudis

Data Driven Security

Jay Jacobs and Bob Rudis host Data Driven Security, a podcast focused on "the journey to discovery and decision making through data in information security." A monthly podcast, Jacobs and Rudis cover everything data security, featuring leaders in the data science world and veterans from the information security sector.

Three episodes you should check out from Data Driven Security:

10. Exploring Information Security
Host: Timothy De Block

Exploring Information Security

Timothy De Block's career started back in 2001 when he joined the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician. After serving in the military, De Block climbed the IT career ladder and discovered his interest in security after taking a role as a network and system administrator. He continues his work in security today and produces the Exploring Information Security podcast where he shares his expertise and talks with industry leaders about the latest happenings in the world of security.

Three episodes you should check out from Exploring Information Security:

11. The CyberJungle
Host: Ira Victor, Samantha Stone

The CyberJungle

The CyberJungle is co-hosted by digital forensic analyst Ira Victor and Samantha Stone, an award-winning journalist who also produces the show. Ira Victor is a sought-after expert in the cyber security realm, and Samantha Stone is a veteran broadcaster and reporter who specializes in politics and legislation. The duo provides an entertaining and informative take on the latest in security news and features thought leaders and insiders who weigh in on current happenings.

Three episodes you should check out from The CyberJungle:

12. Brakeing Down Security
Host: Bryan Brake

Brakeing Down Security

Bryan Brake, host of Brakeing Down Security, is a CISSP who enjoys working in the security field and shares his love for the industry with his listeners. Brake talks about security, legal issues, privacy, and compliance, among other topics of interest to the security community.

Three episodes you should check out from Brakeing Down Security:

13. Hacker Public Radio
Hosts: Community Members

Hacker Public Radio

Hacker Public Radio is an internet radio show that releases new episodes every weekday. HPR founders have a long history spanning more than a decade producing popular shows. A unique podcast, Hacker Public Radio is crowd-sourced, featuring news, insights, and discussion from community members.

Three episodes you should check out from Hacker Public Radio:

14. Open Source Security Podcast
Hosts: Josh Bressers and Kurt Seifried

Open Source Security Podcast

The Open Source Security Podcast is hosted by Josh Bressers and Kurt Seifried and covers a variety of information security topics with a focus on open source software. One of the newer podcasts on this list, Open Source Security was launched in September of 2016 but has already released an impressive 34 episodes, with new episodes each week.

Three episodes you should check out from Open Source Security Podcast:

15. PVC Security Podcast
Hosts: Paul R. Jorgensen, Edgar Rojas, Chris Maddalena, Tracy Z. Maleeff

PVC Security Podcast

The PVC Security Podcast is hosted by Paul R. Jorgensen, Edgar Rojas, Chris Maddalena, and Tracy Z. Maleeff, each bringing a unique perspective and valuable expertise to the table for a regular discussion about leadership and security.

Three episodes you should check out from PVC Security Podcast:

16. The Shared Security Podcast
Hosts: Tom Eston, Scott Wright

The Shared Security Podcast

Hosted by ethical hacker and security aficionado Tom Eston and cyber security auditor and researcher Scott Wright, The Shared Security Podcast explores the trust placed in people, apps, and technology. The pair cover information security, privacy, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices and apps, and everything in between.

Three episodes you should check out from The Shared Security Podcast:

17. Crypto-Gram Security Podcast
Hosts: Dan Henage (podcast creator), Bruce Schneier (newsletter creator)
@schneierblog (Bruce Schneier on Twitter)

Crypto-Gram Security Podcast

The Crypto-Gram Security Podcast is a unique offering, featuring a reading of Bruce Schneier's Crypto-Gram Newsletter aloud, read by Dan Henage with Schneier's permission. For commuters who don't have the time to read a regular newsletter, listening on your commute to one of the leading security news sources is a welcome alternative.

Three episodes you should check out from Crypto-Gram Security Podcast:

Educational and Professional Organization Podcasts

18. SANS ISC Daily Stormcasts
Hosts: SANS Internet Storm Center Handlers

SANS ISC Daily Stormcasts

SANS is among the largest and most-trusted resources when it comes to security training and research. The SANS ISC Daily Stormcasts are an extension of the SANS Internet Storm Center and feature daily, 5-10 minute updates on security threats to keep professionals and businesses in the know regarding the latest and most pressing threats.

Three episodes you should check out from SANS ISC Daily Stormcasts:

19. CERT Podcasts
Hosts: Lisa R. Young and others

CERT Podcasts

CERT is a division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The CERT Division holds regular podcasts aiming to solve the nation's security challenges through general principles and starting points for business leaders who want to launch or improve on enterprise-wide security efforts.

Three episodes to check out from CERT Podcasts:

20. OWASP Podcast
Host: Mark Miller

OWASP Podcast

OWASP's 24/7 podcast series is hosted by executive producer Mark Miller, who interviews industry experts, volunteers, and security leaders to provide valuable insights on web application security.

Three episodes you should check out from OWASP Podcast:

Media Podcasts

21. The Cyber Wire
Host: David Bittner

The Cyber Wire

Deciphering the day's security news into a brief, easy-to-digest summary to give you the essential details you need to know to stay abreast of the security landscape, The Cyber Wire features an essential daily briefing and a longer podcast brought to you by Pratt Street Media. Published each weekday in the afternoon, during prime East Coast drive-time, this podcast catches you up on the day's events during your daily commute.

Three episodes you should check out from The Cyber Wire:

22. Security Current
Hosts: Various

Security Current

Security Current is "an information and collaboration community by CISOs for CISOs." Hosted by a number of leading CISOs and other industry leaders such as Richard Stiennon, Gartner Research VP Anton Chuvakin, IBM Cloud and SaaS Global CISO David Cass, and others, Security Current focuses on the issues that matter to today's CISOs and the companies they serve.

Three episodes you should check out from Security Current:

23. Data Breach Today Podcast
Hosts: Data Breach Today Staff

Data Breach Today Podcast

For the most up-to-date news on data breach prevention, detection, and notification, the Information Security Media Group's Data Breach Today Podcast is worth a listen. Hosted by the Data Breach Today staff, the Data Breach Today Podcast regularly features expert guests and commentators to discuss the most pressing data breach news of the day in short, easily digestible episodes.

Three episodes you should check out from Data Breach Today Podcast:

24. Security Ledger Podcasts
Hosts: Paul Roberts, Robert Vamosi

Security Ledger Podcasts

The Security Ledger is an independent security news website founded in August 2012. Editors Paul Roberts and Robert Vamosi host the Security Ledger Podcasts, bringing you in-depth reporting and insights from security thought leaders about the most pressing infosec issues plaguing businesses and users today.

Three episodes you should check out from Security Ledger Podcasts:

Vendor Podcasts

25. Hak5
Hosts: Darren Kitchen, Shannon Morse


Hak5 is an entertaining web show led by Darren Kitchen and Shannon Morse. Hak5 covers open source software, pen testing, network infrastructure, and everything in between. The flagship show is so popular that it's syndicated by Discovery Digital Networks, and Hak5 also produces numerous other sister shows including HakTip, ThreatWire, Metasploit Minute and TekThing.

Three episodes you should check out from Hak5:

26. Root Access
Host: Josh Pyorre

Root Access

Root Access is a podcast brought to you by Cisco, hosted by Security Researcher Josh Pyorre. Focused on security and privacy, Root Access takes an in-depth look at events that shift the course of the Internet and how these events impact people's daily lives.

Three episodes you should check out from Root Access:

27. ThreatPost Podcast Series
Host: Chris Brook

ThreatPost Podcast Series

ThreatPost, Kaspersky Lab's security news service, is "the first stop for fast-breaking security news, conversations, and analysis from around the world." Providing a reputable, trustworthy source of news and information for today's security professionals, the ThreatPost Podcast Series, hosted by Chris Brook, is a must-add to any serious security pro's listening queue.

Three episodes you should check out from ThreatPost Podcast Series:

28. Sophos Chet Chat
Hosts: Chester Wisniewsi and the Sophos Team

Sophos Chet Chat

Chester Wisniewski hosts the Sophos Chet Chat along with other members from the Sophos team. They cover major security events like DEF CON live, offer insights on major security breaches, industry news, and all things of interest to today's security and privacy professionals.

Three episodes you should check out from Sophos Chet Chat:

29. Tripwire Security Slice
Hosts: Shelley Boose

Tripwire Security Slice

Tripwire's Security Slice is an extension of its State of Security news portal, aiming to provide news, informative opinions, and valuable resources for security professionals looking to keep up with the constantly changing security landscape. Security Slice, hosted by Shelley Boose, has a broad audience and features interviews with leading industry experts.

Three episodes you should check out from Tripwire Security Slice:

30. The Social Engineer Podcast
Hosts: Chris "loganWHD" Hadnagy and The Social-Engineer, Inc Team

The Social Engineer Podcast

With a new episode on the second Monday of each month, The Social Engineer Podcast is a regular show with a dedicated monthly topic. Host Chris Hadnagy has an interesting and informative perspective on social engineering, security, and other topics of interest to the security community.

Three episodes you should check out from The Social Engineer Podcast:

31. SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup
Hosts: SurfWatch Labs Team

SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup

The SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup is brought to you by SurfWatch Labs, delivering cyber risk intelligence solutions to aid businesses in understanding and acting on their cyber risks. A weekly show, SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup focuses on how cybercrime is impacting businesses today.

Three episodes you should check out from SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup:

32. Silver Bullet Podcast by Cigital
Host: Gary McGraw

Silver Bullet Podcast by Cigital

Software security pioneer Gary McGraw hosts the Silver Bullet Podcast by Cigital, featuring interviews, news, and commentary by industry leaders and relevant experts who share insights on the security threats and news impacting the world.

Three episodes you should check out by Silver Bullet Podcast by Cigital:

33. The Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast
Hosts: Mike Foley, Edward Haletky

The Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast

The Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast "provides an open forum to discuss all things related to Virtualization, Virtual Environment, and Cloud Computing Security." Hosted by The Virtualization Practice, The Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast also makes video episodes available on YouTube.

Three episodes you should check out from The Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast:

34. CYDEFE - Making cyber defense simple
Hosts: Raymond Evans, Micheil Fairweather

CYDEFE - Making cyber defense simple

CYDEFE is all about making cyber defense simple. Hosted by Michael Evans and Micheil Fairweather, CYDEFE's mission is to help people understand the always-changing cyber landscape. With minicasts filling in the time between regular, full-length episodes, there's always something new to learn from CYDEFE.

Three episodes you should check out from CYDEFE:

35. DevelopSec
Host: James Jardine


Aiming to bolster security awareness, DevelopSec is hosted by James Jardine, an information technology professional with more than 15 years of experience and founder and principal consultant at Jardine Software, Inc. Jardine is also a co-host for the Down the Security Rabbit Hole podcast, another popular show featured on this list.

Three episodes you should check out from DevelopSec:

Bonus: SecurityCast Radio


SecurityCast Radio

SecurityCast isn't a security podcast but instead a 24x7 streaming re-broadcast that aggregates many popular security podcasts, including much of this list. You can tune to SecurityCast anytime, anywhere and will be sure to catch quality content spanning a wide range of infosec topics, from security best practices and news to penetration testing and vulnerability research.

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Nate Lord

Nate Lord is the former editor of Data Insider and is currently an account manager covering the southeast, Great Lakes, and Latin America regions at Digital Guardian. He has over 7 years of experience in the information security industry, working at Veracode prior to joining Digital Guardian in 2014. Nate enjoys learning about the complex problems facing information security professionals and collaborating with Digital Guardian customers to help solve them.