Cybersecurity pros live in a never-ending game of cat and mouse. Think of the guardians of our data as Tom, and those trying to steal it as Jerry. The stakes of this game couldn’t be higher: individual identities, corporate financial records, and perhaps nations’ security are on the line.
Podcasters covering the ongoing war between security professionals and hackers must monitor every move. Like Bobby Fischer versus Boris Spassky during the Cold War, the public knows that the stakes of the game are greater than wins and losses. The cybersecurity battle is larger than any one breach — it’s the front line in the quest to defend the internet and our data that lies within.
7 Minute Security shines a spotlight on utilitarian issues in cybersecurity like how to start a career in information security and rundowns of the latest high-profile penetration tests. Their “Tales of Internal Pentest Pwnage” series lends a lighter tone to the topic. Brian Johnson hosts the show, which runs on a rough weekly schedule, with some variation in the amount of time between episodes.
Number of followers: 1,050
Bryan Brake, Amanda Berlin, and Brian Boettcher co-host this weekly podcast, reviewing relevant news topics under the umbrella of security, privacy compliance, and regulatory issues involving. They also interview guests on a range of informative topics including email security tips, developer operations tools, and cybersecurity mentorship organizations.
Number of followers: 4,570
Hosts Bob Sullivan and Alia Tavakolian recall the massive data breaches that grabbed headlines, threw countless lives into disarray, and became black marks on the companies that fell victim to hackers on The Breach Podcast.
Each episode ventures further beyond the breach, exploring the causes and ramifications of each attack. Season 2 takes a serial approach to the Equifax Data Breach of 2017, while Season 1 highlighted several individual attacks, including Yahoo! and multiple “Russia hacks”.
Number of followers: 108
Itunes Link: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breach/id1359920809
The Charles Tendell Show, hosted by (surprise!) Charles Tendell, covers events and breaking news related to cybersecurity. The show once ran on a rough weekly schedule, but the latest episode — covering the 2018 Defcon hacking convention — was published in August of 2018.
Despite the lack of recent episodes, you’ll find the archives full of interesting episodes like “Can you hack my university?”. A full episode runs roughly an hour, give or take 15 minutes.
Number of followers: 4,297
The Crypto-Gram Security podcast is a monthly rundown of newsworthy stories and trends impacting the world of cybersecurity. The script for the show is a newsletter written by Bruce Schneier, read by Dan Henage and published as an episode ranging anywhere between seven and 45 minutes.
A typical episode will cover three to five topics. For example, the June 2019 edition touched on a major corporate data leak, the prevalence of fraudulent academic papers, the most recent tech agenda of the Chinese military, and the latest on computers and video surveillance. Schneier and Henage pack plenty of detail into bite-sized episodes to keep listeners updated on all things cybersecurity.
Number of followers: N/A
Player FM Link: player.fm/series/crypto-gram-security-podcast
CYBER is an easily-digestible podcast that runs weekly, with each episode lasting 15 to 45 minutes, give or take. Host Ben Makuch picks the minds of guests like Edward Snowden through an interview format which is prevalent throughout the CYBER catalog.
The show shines a spotlight on the latest news and trends in information security and cybersecurity by relying on the insights of industry insiders. Topics range from utilitarian (‘Is Your Password Secure? Probably Not’) to the entertaining (‘The Zuckerberg Deepfake Heard Around the World’). The show has the backing of Vice, which ensures high-quality content and worthwhile guest cameos.
Number of followers: 225.1k
iTunes Link: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cyber/id1441708044
Cyber Security interviews can claim one of the more self-explanatory podcast titles on this list. Each episode of the weekly podcast revolves around the guest, who include threat researchers, CEOs of cybersecurity firms, the CISO of Lyft — host Douglas Brush even takes the time to “interview” himself for the listeners on the first episode.
Bottomline: the guests on Cyber Security Interviews will make or break the episode. This format makes it critical that the interviewee has the necessary stature and working knowledge to capture the listener’s attention. Thus far, the guest-driven formula has proven a winner.
Number of followers: 615
Cyber Security Sauna is a monthly dive into the “latest information security trends and topics”. Guests chat with host Janne Kauhanen throughout episodes that typically run between 30 and 40 minutes long. Most guests are affiliated with the company behind the podcast, F-Secure, and are chosen by their expertise according to the topic of the episode.
Each episode dives into a different topic, which can range from ‘Online Dating and Trading Data for Love’ to ‘Passwords: A Hacker’s Take on Cracking & Protecting Your Creds’. The aim: bring listeners perspectives to better secure their lives, and to do it in an entertaining way.
Number of followers: 930
This bi-monthly podcast is led by host Brian Contos, who is also the CISO and VP Technology Innovation for Verodin, the sponsor behind Cybersecurity Effectiveness. Contos gets assists from information security pros, including the CISOs for the Ohio State University and the state of Vermont, who drop by to chat about what it takes to protect massive digital infrastructure. Representatives of Microsoft and McAfee also joined the show’s growing roster of guests.
Number of followers: 1,221
Cybersecurity Sense produced by the information security wing of LBMC, a large accounting and professional services firm. The show goes live weekly, and features a rotating cast of hosts from the LBMC team. The episodes are short, typically ranging between five and fifteen minutes, and cover cybersecurity basics (explaining acronyms) as well as how to protect from various forms of cyber attack.
Number of followers: 1,194
Host Dave Bittner and CyberWire produce this daily podcast meant to catch listeners up on the cybersecurity stories of the day. There are over 900 episodes published to date, touching on topics like the security of voting machines, the Capital One breach in July, and the latest ransomware attacks.
There are occasional interviews, but the mission is clear: educate the listener about what’s going on in academia, government, and the corporate world as it pertains to information security.
Number of followers: 19.6k
CyberWire-X is a podcast that dives into more complex cybersecurity topics through a multi-part episode style. There is no set schedule for each series. Dave Bittner served as host of the first (and, for now, only) series in the CyberWire-X anthology. It is an exploration of regulation in the U.S., and it is comprised of four episodes released between November 2018 and January 2019.
Number of followers: 19.6k
iTunes Link: N/A
Are you into true crime? How about cybersecurity (or a lack thereof)?
If so, Darknet Diaries may be the backscratcher for your podcast itch. Host Jack Rhysider takes listeners on real-life audio rollercoasters through hacks gone awry and unauthorized penetration tests stopped in their tracks — and he’ll occasionally bring in-studio guests along with him. Most shows are about an hour long, and they pair well with a full bag of fresh popcorn.
Number of followers: 12.9k
The Data Breach Today podcast is all about the state of cybersecurity today. Host Tom Field sits down with a former Secret Service agent, a CEO whose tenure included a large-scale data breach, and a doctor who explores the importance of cybersecurity in the medical field, to name a few of the show’s guests.
The aim of Data Breach Today is to educate listeners in an entertaining way. This means touching on breaking news as well as fleshing out the basics of cybersecurity. Episodes arrive daily and run anywhere between five and seventeen minutes long.
Number of followers: 5,964
Decipher Security is the podcast from cybersecurity news outlet Decipher. Decipher Editor in Chief Dennis Fisher handles hosting duties on most episodes, though fill-ins from the Decipher editorial team occasionally take a turn. Most episodes are one-on-one interviews with analysts, media, researchers, and other cybersecurity pros. The scheduling of shows is somewhat sporadic (two episodes in June, five in May, two in April, etc.) but the frequency qualifies as a steady stream of high-quality content.
Number of followers: 2,981
Decrypted comes from the team at Bloomberg. Host Brad Stone (solid host name if I’ve ever seen one) chats with guests and fellow Bloomberg reporters on the weekly show to answer questions like ‘Why Silicon Valley is Hiring Bird Experts’. Other eye-catching episodes include ‘The Science of Resurrecting Extinct Species’ and ‘Silicon Valley is Making Gasoline Out of Thin Air’.
Show typically run between twenty and thirty minutes. Would it be worth 28 minutes of your time to find out ‘Why Drugs are Still for Sale on Instagram’? If so, check out Decrypted.
Number of followers: 322.7k
iTunes Link: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/decrypted/id1161880916
Defending Digital is a publication built on defending those who most need protection from the dark side of the web, namely kids and young adults. Their podcast takes on a similar aim. Listeners can expect a steady stream of security-related book reviews, as well as practical tips about using VPNs, securing mobile payments, and general privacy hacks.
Host Chad Warner is also the founder of Defending Digital, and he continues his mission of protecting kids online through the Defending Digital podcast. New episodes drop every two weeks and typically run between five and 25 minutes.
Number of followers: 38
Defensive Security is a monthly podcast designed to update listeners on recent events in the cybersecurity world. Spoiler: the news on Defensive Security is mostly bad. We’re talking about the latest, greatest data breaches, explanations of how hackers are outsmarting data defenders, and the vulnerabilities that will inevitably lead to future breaches.
Number of followers: 7,838
Defrag This is a podcast aimed at “IT pros”, with the mission of alerting industry professionals to trends and stories they may not be aware of — a sort of proactive, practical podcast, if you will. Greg Mooney handles hosting duties, and new episodes are published on a consistent (if unpredictable) basis that averages close to once per week.
Topics range from the ultra-practical (‘MOVEit Integration with Microsoft’) to the topical (‘Does Brexit Outcome Have Any Effect on Compliance?’).
Number of followers: 126
Hosts Rafal Los and James Jardine take listeners down the security rabbithole each week through interviews with cybersecurity insiders and coverage of important cybersecurity events like Defcon, Black Hat, and Microsoft’s Inspire 2019. Guests frequently join the show to talk shop about the latest trends and events impacting the cybersecurity world. Listeners surely appreciate the lack of advertisements in each 30-40 minute show, too.
Number of followers: 496
‘Hackable?’ is the cybersecurity podcast from one of the biggest names in the cybersecurity game, McAfee. The show aims to prove or disprove the hacking tropes that you’d find in a Hollywood film or TV show. The popular show Mr. Robot was the focus of an entire episode, where instances from the TV show were gauged for authenticity.
Host Geoff Siskind teams with guests to discuss the role fax machines play (if any) in modern hacking, whether a random flash drive is a real threat to your data, and other off-the-wall (yet plausible) cybersecurity scenarios. Episodes typically run around 30 minutes and drop at a rate of one to three shows per month.
Number of followers: 112.7k
iTunes Link: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hackable/id1257232208
HACKED is an interview-style cybersecurity podcast that runs approximately once per month, though earlier episodes were published more frequently. HACKED offers a glimpse into the present and future of cybersecurity through interviews with cybersecurity professionals, and occasionally their adversaries.
Host Ben Hotaling picks the mind of a Chief Information Security Officer for the city of Austin, TX, has a conversation with the hacker who broke into Texas Instruments, and dives into the pros and cons of AI with a well-known data scientist. HACKED goes straight to industry sources to deliver listeners firsthand accounts of cybersecurity events and trends, with guest hailing primarily from Texas.
Number of followers: 40
Hacking Humans is a weekly podcast from CyberWire. Co-hosts Joe Carrigan and Dave Bitner explore the latest scams and schemes aimed at hostilely obtaining data at the individual and organizational levels. The show can be categorized as tech horror or informational, depending on your perspective.
Episodes run around 30 minutes and cover topics including ‘Looking after Dad’ (from a cybersecurity angle), ‘Be wary of all emails’, and ‘Just because I trusted you yesterday doesn’t mean I trust you today’.
Number of followers: 359
Human Factor Security is an interview-style show that goes live two-to-four times per month. Host Jenny Radcliffe fills 45 minutes to an hour waxing technologic with guests in the cybersecurity field, covering subjects including but not limited to what it takes to forge a career in cybersecurity, the state of the industry, and where the greatest threats to our security lie.
Number of followers: 9,037
Into Security is the podcast from Infosecurity Magazine. The podcast is still fresh, with only five episodes in its catalogs as of August 12th, and they’re averaging about two new episodes per month. Co-hosts Michael Hill (Editor of Infosecurity Magazine) and Dan Raywood (Contributing Editor) discuss topics including Julian Assange’s latest arrest, the latest patches and security updates, regulations like the EU Cybersecurity Act, and more. Episodes span between 15 and 20 minutes, give or take.
Number of followers: 176.5k
Itunes Link: N/A
The IRL podcast embraces the slogan “Online Life is Real Life”. They’re not wrong.
Host Manoush Zamorodi, with the backing of internet giant Firefox, shares true stories about the internet’s impact on very real lives. These stories fall within broader themes including ‘Democracy and the Internet’, ‘What if Women Built the Internet’, and The 5G Privilege’. Episodes run between 20 and 30 minutes and new ones drop roughly every 15 days.
Number of followers: 115
Malicious Life brings a firsthand perspective to some of the greatest hacking stories known to man. They explore each event — the aftermath of the 1986 Challenger disaster, The Fall of Mt. Gox, and the Ethereum DAO Hack among them — with assistance from guests who were present to witness these events.
Author and cybersecurity expert Ran Levi hosts, steering the listener through each 30-45 minute episode covering “unknown tales, slowly unraveled, deeply researched.” Expect new episodes twice per month.
Number of followers: 2,546
Josh Bressers and Kurt Seifried co-host Open Source Security, an informational series with a slant towards open-source-related topics. They cover newsworthy stories and events, but also educate listeners on topics under the umbrella of DevOps, cloud, operational security, and beyond.
They’re going strong with over 150 episodes, released weekly and running about 30 minutes long. They regularly bring guests on the show to join in the cybersecurity discussion of the day.
Number of followers: N/A
Purple Squad Security is a bi-monthly podcast that covers all things security. Though the name implies a specialty towards purple team security (a combination of red and blue team cybersecurity approaches), host John Svazic doesn’t discriminate when it comes to subject matter.
Guests like ‘Tinker’ — a hacker who brings with him tales of his adventures in ‘hackerland’ — spice up the show’s format. Episodes run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.
Number of followers: 880
Recorded Future is the podcast from threat intelligence solution company Recorded Future. The company offers browser extensions, integrations, and other threat neutralization products, and their podcast leverages their industry expertise to help listeners better protect their own data.
Dave Bitner, who hosts podcasts for CyberWire, also handles hosting duties for Recorded Future. He brings on guests to make heads and tails of social media misinformation campaigns (ep. 114), the questions to ask when shopping for threat intelligence products (ep. 101) and a bevy of other cybersecurity topics.
Number of followers: 58.8k
Research Saturday is yet another podcast from the CyberWire media family. Episodes come out each Saturday as easily digestible, 20-30 minute long dives into the latest in malware. Guests join Dave Bitner — perhaps the hardest-working man in cybersecurity podcasting — to discuss the latest in malware.
Those who join Research Saturday are employed by the likes of Cisco, and they know their stuff. This is the podcast for detailed dissection of the latest cyber threats to your business.
Number of followers: 19.7k
Itunes Link: N/A
Sorry, Tom Cruise stans. This podcast ain’t about a high schooler left home alone with a lady of the night, it’s a long-running, interview-style look into the world of cybersecurity. The show has been live since 2007 and nearly 550 episodes have been recorded to date.
Host Patrick Gray dives into the minds of industry “luminaries”, including a former general counsel to the FBI, several CEOs, and employees of the NSA. New episodes are released every week. The show also covers the latest stories in the cybersecurity sector.
Number of followers: 23k
The Secure Talk podcast is hosted by Mark Shriner, who guides interviews with a different cybersecurity industry professional in each episode. The typical chat runs between 20 minutes and an hour, with topics including business-level security measures, an explanation of cryptojacking, how to get a job in cybersecurity, and more. New Secure Talk episodes are released each week.
Website: player.fm/series/secure-talk-cybersecurity (PlayerFM)
Number of followers: 31
Securiosity is the brainchild of the Scoop Media Group, and new episodes come out each week. It’s a show oriented around the cybersecurity news stories of the day, from the Equifax breach to the rise in ransomware payments being sent from Florida.
Co-hosts Greg Otto and Jen O’Daniel occasionally bring on a guest, but they aren’t dependent on the interview format and thus have the freedom to cover the most interesting topics of the day in about an hour or less.
Number of followers: 254
The Security Now! podcast is centered on discussions about the latest computer security issues and solutions. The podcast is hosted by Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. It is a weekly podcast that usually runs two hours long.
The show mostly deals with providing you with information to help you understand how information security problems can be overcome. The topics include firewalls, VPNs, password security, and others. Steve Gibson was the one to coin the term “spyware” which is now widely used in the cyber security world.
Number of followers: 19 800
Security Weekly covers the latest research and news pertaining to cybersecurity. Episodes are labeled by their primary subject (Business Security Weekly, Application Security Weekly, Hack Naked News, etc.) so that listeners can pick and choose which shows will be worth their time.
A cast of hosts that includes main players Paul Asadoorian, Matt Alderman, and John Strand bring strong chemistry and levity to each episode, which includes accompanying video. New episodes drop most weekdays.
Number of followers: 64.6k
Tom Eston and Scott Wright co-host the Shared Security podcast, which releases new episodes each week. Most episodes hover around a ten-minute run time, though select episodes can reach 30 minutes or more. Content includes “news, tips, advice, and interviews” that bring actionable value to the listener.
Number of followers: 888
Smashing Security is the rare cybersecurity podcast whose hosts pride themselves on making the listener laugh. I don’t mean weaving a wisecrack into an otherwise serious subject — the point of Smashing Security is to expose the lighter side of cybersecurity in an informative way.
Hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault use stories of cleverly stolen PINs, porn trolling lawyers, and Instagram phishing scams as a way to bring some levity to the latest news and trends shaping cybersecurity today. They even bring guests in to join the fun during their weekly episodes, which typically run 45 minutes to an hour long.
Number of followers: 6,048
Southern Fried Security puts a Southern spin on all things hacking. A gaggle of hosts — Andy Willingham, Martin Fisher, Steve Ragan, Yvette Johnson, and Joseph Sokoly, to be specific — have been talking about the latest news and trends in cybersecurity since 2010, and they announced the end of the show’s run in January.
Still, for those interested in group chats about cybersecurity with a casual feel (see the ‘On the Front Porch’ series), Southern Fried Security is certainly an option. Episodes remain available for download through most major podcasting platforms.
Number of followers: 1,126
Brent Huston hosts State of Security, a brainchild of MicroSolved, Inc. The monthly show focuses on what’s new in cybersecurity: “new ideas, new threats & new approaches to information security on a global scale”. A notable feature of this podcast is guest involvement through a mailbag-style question and answer segment.
The show is still young, with 17 episodes live as of August 12th. It’s not your standard cybersecurity podcast, as it goes beyond breaking news into somewhat unexpected topics. The interview with Jeffrey McClure about his work at the Holocaust Museum typifies their more outside-the-box approach to cybersecurity. Shows can run anywhere from 17 minutes to just over an hour.
Number of followers: N/A
StormCast is a daily podcast hosted by Dr. Johannes Ullrich, a SANS Fellow. Episodes are as bite-sized as podcasts get, running around five to six minutes each. The objective is straightforward: update listeners on the latest news in cybersecurity. Brevity is part of StormCast’s appeal, and a typical episode includes three to four topics/stories. This show is ideal for casual cybersecurity followers with time constraints.
Number of followers: 12k
Itunes Link: podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id304863991
The Cloudcast is led by co-hosts Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely, and you may have guessed that the show focuses heavily on the topic of cloud computing. However, the show is in no way limited to cloud computing. Episodes range from the informative (‘Understanding Graph Database Patterns’), to the advice-driven (‘The Power of Community Engagement’), and much in between (A VC’s Perspective on AI and Security’).
New Cloudcast episodes are released weekly and the typical episode lasts between 25 and 45 minutes.
Number of followers: 3,663
This podcast is dedicated to breaking and follow-up news in the fields of privacy, security, and open-source intelligence. These subject fields take host Michael Bazzell and his listeners into topics ranging from the privacy of your personal website to an alarming consideration: ‘Is Your Employer Spying on You?’. Other episodes are dedicated to answering listener questions and wrapping up the week’s news in a specific field (privacy, for example).
A new episode is launched each week, with typical run times between 45 minutes and an hour and 15 minutes per episode.
Number of followers: 14.9k
Paul Roberts, Editor in Chief of The Security Ledger publication, hosts this podcast, which goes live about once per week. The format is interview heavy, and each episode goes as the guest’s stories and insights do. Each interview can run anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour, with an array of topics from ‘Hacking Anesthesia Machines’ (yikes) to ‘Ransoming the City’. The guests on this show are some of the more impressive you’ll find on a cybersecurity podcast.
Number of followers: 4,232
The Social-Engineer Podcast explores how we, as humans, “interact, communicate and relay information”. The next step: helping listeners use this information to better protect themselves and their data.
In roughly hour-long episodes, host Chris Hadnagy explores the human-centric possibilities of cybersecurity and technology. That includes scenarios involving ‘Fixing marriages, teenagers, and saving hostages’ and ‘Leading everyone like dogs’. The future is now, and you better check your mental fortitude before going down the Social-Engineer rabbithole.
Number of followers: 14.5k
Threatpost is a digital publication covering news and trends in the categories of cloud security, malware, vulnerabilities, and privacy. The Threatpost podcast covers much of the same territory, with Mike Mimoso handling much of the early hosting duties. He’s since left, but the Threatpost roster of podcasts haven’t missed a beat.
The Threatpost News Wrap show is pretty self-explanatory, while other episodes are more informative, such as the one entitled ‘Why Throwing Money at Threats Won’t Work. Threatpost editors Lindsay O’Donnell, Tara Seals, and Tom Spring pitch in as hosts of these easily-digestible episodes, which are released roughly once a month (with some substantial variation).
Number of followers: 176k
To The Point is brought to the listeners by Forcepoint, a cybersecurity solution company that’s making its name in the podcasting world. Eric Trexler and Arika Pierce serve as hosts of To The Point. A typical episode runs between ten and 25 minutes, during which time they’ll chat amongst themselves and with guests about topics like ‘The Cybersecurity Workforce’s Way Forward’, ‘Government Cybersecurity vs. Commerical Cybersecurity’, and the ‘Breach of the Week’. Look for new episodes to come out each week.
Number of followers: 74.7k
Daniel Miessler hosts Unsupervised Learning, a podcast self-advertised as “Content Curation as a Service” — CCaaS, if you will. Miessler serves as the primary personality, as it is not a guest-dependent format. Instead, the host gives a summary of impactful stories that fall within the cybersecurity umbrella, whether that’s somebody imprisoned for cyber crimes or the intersection of cybersecurity and current events/politics.
Most episodes range between 10 and 40 minutes long, though interviews can run much longer. There is no set publication schedule, but there are usually three to five episodes posted each month.
Number of followers: 90.7k