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CyberSound
CyberSoundTM is a podcast built by and for business owners and professionals. Tune in as our cybersecurity experts cover the latest news regarding IT security, the most recent and relevant threats organizations are facing today, and provide tips to keep your business safe.

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Most Recent Episode

107

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Technology and Culture | 2024

In the latest episode of CyberSound, Vancord’s Cybersecurity Podcast 2024, hosts Jason and Steve introduce a new segment to the show, titled “Hot or Not.” Joined by Brian Brehart of Vancord, they explore trending topics in cybersecurity and beyond. The episode covers a range of issues, from the ongoing challenges of compromised firewalls and the new federal security incident reporting obligations to current emerging technologies in the market.
They also dive into a rapid-fire game, evaluating the relevance of topics like generative AI, social media, and the metaverse. The episode concludes with lighter topics, including Taylor Swift’s enduring popularity and Caitlin Clark’s impact on the WNBA

Meet the Hosts of CyberSoundTM

CyberSoundTM is hosted by cybersecurity professionals who work in the industry on a daily basis. Meet Vancord’s Jason Pufahl, Steven Maresca, and Matt Fusaro.
Jason Pufahl
VP Security Services
Steven Maresca
Senior Security Engineer
Matt Fusaro

Manager Security Services

Most Recent Episodes

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PODCAST EPISODE 107
In the latest episode of CyberSound, Vancord's Cybersecurity Podcast 2024, hosts Jason and Steve introduce a new segment to the show, titled "Hot or Not." Joined by Brian Brehart of Vancord, they explore trending topics in cybersecurity and beyond. The episode covers a range of issues, from the ongoing challenges of compromised firewalls and the new federal security incident reporting obligations to current emerging technologies in the market.
They also dive into a rapid-fire game, evaluating the relevance of topics like generative AI, social media, and the metaverse. The episode concludes with lighter topics, including Taylor Swift's enduring popularity and Caitlin Clark's impact on the WNBA
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PODCAST EPISODE 106
Happy Fourth of July! In this engaging episode of CyberSound, Vancord's Cybersecurity Podcast, hosts Jason, Michael, and Steve explore the intriguing parallels between cybersecurity and the historical figure Benedict Arnold. Tying the discussion to the July Fourth holiday, they delve into how Arnold's betrayal during the American Revolution can provide valuable insights into modern insider threats.
The episode covers Arnold's background, his rise and fall, and his ultimate act of treason, drawing lessons on how organizations can detect and prevent insider threats today. Emphasizing the importance of trust, vigilance, and thorough background checks, the hosts highlight the need for robust security measures and a culture of awareness to safeguard against similar risks in the cybersecurity landscape.
Play Video
PODCAST EPISODE 105
In this episode of CyberSound, Vancord’s Cybersecurity Podcast hosted by Jason and Michael, the focus is on the intricacies of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) within the cybersecurity realm, featuring guest Fred Purdue, Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at West Monroe. Fred discusses his role in assisting private equity firms through the M&A process, emphasizing the importance of IT and cybersecurity due diligence. He shares insights into the different stages of the M&A process, from initial assessments to integration strategies, and highlights common red flags and risks, such as outdated technology and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The conversation also covers the increasing necessity of cybersecurity assessments in transactions, the potential impacts of cyber risks on deal valuations, and the importance of having well-defined security and technology strategies, offering valuable insights for both buyers and sellers in the market.
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PODCAST EPISODE 104
In this episode of CyberSound, Vancord’s Cybersecurity Podcast hosts Jason and Michael are joined by Steve Prout, President of Vancord’s client, Alpha Q, to discuss the critical intersection of cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing. Steve highlights Alpha Q’s impressive 60-year legacy, detailing its two business segments: complex component machining for major clients like Sikorsky and Rolls Royce, and precision gaging through Glastonbury Southern Gage.
Emphasizing the impact of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) on small businesses, Steve shares the challenges and costs associated with compliance, such as enhanced security measures and regulatory adherence. The discussion underscores the evolving nature of cybersecurity standards and the essential role of trusted IT partners in navigating these complexities.
PODCAST EPISODE 103
In the latest episode of CyberSound, hosts Jason Pufahl and Michael Grande engage in a thought-provoking discussion with State Senator Tony Hwang about the burgeoning risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI), particularly focusing on the spread of disinformation through deepfakes. Highlighting a live demonstration created using voice cloning technology, the episode showcases the alarming ease with which convincing yet fake audio conversations can be produced.
Senator Hwang emphasizes the need for a balanced approach, advocating for both education and regulation to mitigate these risks while still fostering innovation. The conversation delves into the potential misuse of AI in manipulating public opinion, especially in the context of elections, and underscores the critical role of technology companies and consumers in ensuring the integrity of information. The episode underscores the critical balance between embracing AI's benefits and safeguarding against its potential harms, advocating for increased public awareness and legislative action to protect society.
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PODCAST EPISODE 102
In this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Steve are joined by Brian Brehart of Vancord to delve into the intricate world of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity. The discussion navigates through the challenges posed by aging OT systems, highlighting critical vulnerabilities in the manufacturing sector. The conversation evolves into practical strategies for risk management, urging businesses to prioritize business continuity and revenue protection.
The team concludes with a call to action for businesses, especially smaller manufacturers, stressing the importance of assessing and addressing cybersecurity risks, even if they perceive themselves as less attractive targets.
Play Video
PODCAST EPISODE 101
In this episode of CyberSound, co-hosts Jason and Michael sit down with Brian Brehart of Vancord to delve into the complexities of securing smart home devices within the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). The conversation explores the balance between convenience and security when integrating smart technology into homes, touching on topics such as wireless thermostats, smart TVs, and voice-activated assistants like Alexa.
The team encourages listeners to educate themselves on the importance of implementing robust security measures to maintain privacy, including setting up separate networks, updating router firewalls, and researching device security features. As the conversation broadens to include considerations for small businesses and the expanding range of internet-enabled devices, the team concludes by underscoring the importance of privacy in the IoT era.
Play Video
PODCAST EPISODE 100
In the landmark 100th episode of CyberSound, Jason, Steve, and Michael reflect on the podcast’s growth and evolution over two years. The team celebrates the journey by reflecting on notable episodes, highlighting honorary guests, and discussing recent expansion into video and broader topics beyond cybersecurity.
With humor and enthusiasm, the team underscores CyberSound's mission: to inform, educate, and engage with integrity while helping listeners navigate the ever-evolving landscapes of business and cybersecurity.
Play Video
PODCAST EPISODE 99
It is necessary for companies to proactively consider the ethical and legal ramifications of AI usage while understanding the importance of balancing technological advancement with safeguarding individual privacy rights and societal well-being. It becomes evident that privacy in the age of AI is a multifaceted and evolving realm, ripe with complexities and opportunities for thoughtful regulation and ethical implementation.
In this episode of CyberSound, co-hosts Jason and Michael welcome Rob McWilliams of Vancord, and William Roberts of Day Pitney LLP to delve into the intricate intersection of AI and privacy law. With a focus on demystifying AI and its implications, the conversation navigates through the evolving landscape of privacy policies, consent, and the burgeoning challenges posed by generative AI.
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PODCAST EPISODE 98
In this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Michael welcome special guest Chris Taft, Chief Accounting Officer at Fanatics, a leading global digital sports platform. Chris emphasizes the intersection of sports, accounting, and technology while highlighting the importance of ongoing training, tabletop exercises, and board involvement for businesses to maintain a strong cybersecurity practice.
The team discusses the seasonality of sports events and tournaments, which oftentimes come with heightened opportunities for cyber threats and phishing scams. They also discuss the implications of the new SEC rule requiring public companies to report breaches, representing the growing significance of cybersecurity at the board level.

Most Recent Episodes

107

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Technology and Culture | 2024

In the latest episode of CyberSound, Vancord's Cybersecurity Podcast 2024, hosts Jason and Steve introduce a new segment to the show, titled "Hot or Not." Joined by Brian Brehart of Vancord, they explore trending topics in cybersecurity and beyond. The episode covers a range of issues, from the ongoing challenges of compromised firewalls and the new federal security incident reporting obligations to current emerging technologies in the market.
They also dive into a rapid-fire game, evaluating the relevance of topics like generative AI, social media, and the metaverse. The episode concludes with lighter topics, including Taylor Swift's enduring popularity and Caitlin Clark's impact on the WNBA
Play Video
106

Independence Day: What Benedict Arnold Can Teach Us About Cybersecurity | 2024

Happy Fourth of July! In this engaging episode of CyberSound, Vancord's Cybersecurity Podcast, hosts Jason, Michael, and Steve explore the intriguing parallels between cybersecurity and the historical figure Benedict Arnold. Tying the discussion to the July Fourth holiday, they delve into how Arnold's betrayal during the American Revolution can provide valuable insights into modern insider threats.
The episode covers Arnold's background, his rise and fall, and his ultimate act of treason, drawing lessons on how organizations can detect and prevent insider threats today. Emphasizing the importance of trust, vigilance, and thorough background checks, the hosts highlight the need for robust security measures and a culture of awareness to safeguard against similar risks in the cybersecurity landscape.
Play Video
CyberSound ep105
105

CyberSound™ Vancord’s Cybersecurity Podcast 2024 / Information Security Due Diligence 101 / Ep. 105

In this episode of CyberSound, Vancord’s Cybersecurity Podcast hosted by Jason and Michael, the focus is on the intricacies of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) within the cybersecurity realm, featuring guest Fred Purdue, Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at West Monroe. Fred discusses his role in assisting private equity firms through the M&A process, emphasizing the importance of IT and cybersecurity due diligence. He shares insights into the different stages of the M&A process, from initial assessments to integration strategies, and highlights common red flags and risks, such as outdated technology and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The conversation also covers the increasing necessity of cybersecurity assessments in transactions, the potential impacts of cyber risks on deal valuations, and the importance of having well-defined security and technology strategies, offering valuable insights for both buyers and sellers in the market.
Play Video
CyberSound ep104
104

Steve Prout: Navigating CMMC Compliance with Vancord for Alpha Q’s Success | 2024

In this episode of CyberSound, Vancord’s Cybersecurity Podcast hosts Jason and Michael are joined by Steve Prout, President of Vancord’s client, Alpha Q, to discuss the critical intersection of cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing. Steve highlights Alpha Q’s impressive 60-year legacy, detailing its two business segments: complex component machining for major clients like Sikorsky and Rolls Royce, and precision gaging through Glastonbury Southern Gage.
Emphasizing the impact of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) on small businesses, Steve shares the challenges and costs associated with compliance, such as enhanced security measures and regulatory adherence. The discussion underscores the evolving nature of cybersecurity standards and the essential role of trusted IT partners in navigating these complexities.
Play Video
103

Deepfake and Democracy: Senator Tony Hwang on the Threat of Deepfake and the Need for Legislation

In the latest episode of CyberSound, hosts Jason Pufahl and Michael Grande engage in a thought-provoking discussion with State Senator Tony Hwang about the burgeoning risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI), particularly focusing on the spread of disinformation through deepfakes. Highlighting a live demonstration created using voice cloning technology, the episode showcases the alarming ease with which convincing yet fake audio conversations can be produced.
Senator Hwang emphasizes the need for a balanced approach, advocating for both education and regulation to mitigate these risks while still fostering innovation. The conversation delves into the potential misuse of AI in manipulating public opinion, especially in the context of elections, and underscores the critical role of technology companies and consumers in ensuring the integrity of information. The episode underscores the critical balance between embracing AI's benefits and safeguarding against its potential harms, advocating for increased public awareness and legislative action to protect society.
102

Defending Manufacturing: Best Practices in OT Security

In this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Steve are joined by Brian Brehart of Vancord to delve into the intricate world of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity. The discussion navigates through the challenges posed by aging OT systems, highlighting critical vulnerabilities in the manufacturing sector. The conversation evolves into practical strategies for risk management, urging businesses to prioritize business continuity and revenue protection.
The team concludes with a call to action for businesses, especially smaller manufacturers, stressing the importance of assessing and addressing cybersecurity risks, even if they perceive themselves as less attractive targets.
Play Video
CyberSound ep101
101

Home Smart Home: Security vs. Convenience in IoT

In this episode of CyberSound, co-hosts Jason and Michael sit down with Brian Brehart of Vancord to delve into the complexities of securing smart home devices within the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). The conversation explores the balance between convenience and security when integrating smart technology into homes, touching on topics such as wireless thermostats, smart TVs, and voice-activated assistants like Alexa.
The team encourages listeners to educate themselves on the importance of implementing robust security measures to maintain privacy, including setting up separate networks, updating router firewalls, and researching device security features. As the conversation broadens to include considerations for small businesses and the expanding range of internet-enabled devices, the team concludes by underscoring the importance of privacy in the IoT era.
Play Video
CyberSound ep100
100

Securing a Century: Reflecting on 100 Episodes of CyberSound

In the landmark 100th episode of CyberSound, Jason, Steve, and Michael reflect on the podcast’s growth and evolution over two years. The team celebrates the journey by reflecting on notable episodes, highlighting honorary guests, and discussing recent expansion into video and broader topics beyond cybersecurity.
With humor and enthusiasm, the team underscores CyberSound's mission: to inform, educate, and engage with integrity while helping listeners navigate the ever-evolving landscapes of business and cybersecurity.
Play Video
CyberSound ep99
99

Transparent Tech Steering Consent in the AI Age

It is necessary for companies to proactively consider the ethical and legal ramifications of AI usage while understanding the importance of balancing technological advancement with safeguarding individual privacy rights and societal well-being. It becomes evident that privacy in the age of AI is a multifaceted and evolving realm, ripe with complexities and opportunities for thoughtful regulation and ethical implementation.
In this episode of CyberSound, co-hosts Jason and Michael welcome Rob McWilliams of Vancord, and William Roberts of Day Pitney LLP to delve into the intricate intersection of AI and privacy law. With a focus on demystifying AI and its implications, the conversation navigates through the evolving landscape of privacy policies, consent, and the burgeoning challenges posed by generative AI.
Play Video
CyberSound ep98
98

Bracket Breakdown Cybersecurity Meets March Madness

In this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Michael welcome special guest Chris Taft, Chief Accounting Officer at Fanatics, a leading global digital sports platform. Chris emphasizes the intersection of sports, accounting, and technology while highlighting the importance of ongoing training, tabletop exercises, and board involvement for businesses to maintain a strong cybersecurity practice.
The team discusses the seasonality of sports events and tournaments, which oftentimes come with heightened opportunities for cyber threats and phishing scams. They also discuss the implications of the new SEC rule requiring public companies to report breaches, representing the growing significance of cybersecurity at the board level.
Play Video

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