Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy | Episode 103

Australian journalist Stilgherrian, who’s been covering internet policy for more than a decade, and has been closely following Australia’s cybersecurity and digital surveillance laws for global tech site ZDNet returns to Covert Contact to discuss Australia’s recently released 2020 cyber security strategy.

For more of Stilgherrian’s thoughts on the recently published cyber strategy visit ZDNet. You can find much more of his work at Stilgherrian.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter and make sure you check out his podcast The 9pm Edict.

Chinese Spies and Russian Honey Traps | Episode 102

William Tucker returns for our regular Thursday evening counterintelligence chat. We start off by discussing the resource and coordination challenges in addressing Chinese espionage but quickly pivot to thoughts on Russian cases, honey traps, and the universally terrible outcomes experienced by American defectors and spies.

Online Security: Avoiding a Personal October Surprise | Episode 100

Infosec professional and security blogger Scot Terban joins me to discuss the recent LinkedIn spying case, the degrading environment in social media, and strategies for improving your personal security so that you don’t get targeted, compromised, and swept into your own (or someone else’s) October surprise.

When You Can’t Obey | Episode 97

Pauline Shanks Kaurin, Ph.D joins Covert Contact to discuss ethical and moral dilemmas and how we can prepare ourselves for the eventual challenge of facing them. Her book, On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community, explores these issues and presents strategies for anticipating and navigating even the most complex problems.

Pauline is a professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics, and the Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Temple University and specializes in military ethics, just war theory, philosophy of law and applied ethics. You can follow her on Twitter @KaurinShanks.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the participants alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of USNWC or any agency of the U.S. government.

The Poisoning of Sergei Skripal | Episode 94

Fred Burton, former deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service and the author of GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent’s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, and Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi joined me shortly after the attack on Sergei Skripal. Skripal. a former Russian double agent now living in the UK, was poisoned with a Russian novichok nerve agent developed during the Soviet era. We look at the many implications of this brazen attack, security issues surrounding it, and the need for a serious response.