Security Confidential S15 E2 Vivek Ramachandran

This week on Dark Rhiino Security’s Security Confidential podcast, Host Manoj Tandon talks to Vivek Ramachandran. Vivek is a security researcher, author, speaker/trainer, and serial entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in offensive cybersecurity. He is currently the founder of⁠ SquareX⁠, building a browser-native security product focused on detecting, mitigating, and threat-hunting web attacks. Prior to that, he was the founder of Pentester Academy (acquired), which has trained thousands of customers from government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and enterprises from over 140+ countries. He has authored multiple books in cybersecurity and spoken at DEFCON, BlackHat multiple times. 

Chapter Titles:

00:00 Introduction

01:04 Our Guest

05:55 Advice from Vivek to those who want to follow a passion

09:19 Ransomware payments have gone down 

13:37 Why is this still not addressed?

27:55 Should the CISO report to the board or the CIO? 

36:55 Vulnerabilities in Gmail, Outlook, and their counterparts

47:14 SquareX + DEFCON  

Dark Rhiino Security’s Security Confidential is a weekly Cybersecurity podcast where Host, Manoj Tandon, talks to Infosec and Cybersecurity professionals about the current issues going on in our industry. Guests are able to share their stories about how they began their journey into cybersecurity and connect with our audience. Listeners are able to tune in through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Youtube, LinkedIn, and more.

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Important Links

Vivek’s Linkedin

Learn more about SquareX

Check out the other episodes in Season 15:

Ep.0 Robert Kerbeck – Fame, Fortune, and Corporate Espionage

Ep. 1 Stephen Kowski – Inside the mind of a Field CTO

Ep. 2 Vivek Ramachandran – Inside Email Security: Breaking Through Gmail and Outlook’s Defenses

About Vivek Ramachandran

Vivek Ramachandran is a security researcher, book author, speaker-trainer, and serial entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in offensive cybersecurity. He is currently the founder of SquareX, building a browser-native security product focused on detecting, mitigating, and threat-hunting web attacks against enterprise users and consumers. Prior to that, he was the founder of Pentester Academy (acquired in 2021), which has trained thousands of customers from government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and enterprises from over 140+ countries. Before that, Vivek’s company built an 802.11ac monitoring product sold exclusively to defense agencies.

Vivek discovered the Caffe Latte attack, broke WEP Cloaking, conceptualized enterprise Wi-Fi Backdoors, and created Chellam (Wi-Fi Firewall), WiMonitor Enterprise (802.11ac monitoring), Chigula (Wi-Fi traffic analysis via SQL), Deceptacon (IoT Honeypots), among others. He is the author of multiple five-star-rated books in offensive cybersecurity, which have sold thousands of copies worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages.

He has been a speaker/trainer at top security conferences such as Blackhat USA, Europe and Abu Dhabi, DEFCON, Nullcon, Brucon, HITB, Hacktivity, and others. Vivek’s work in cybersecurity has been covered in Forbes, TechCrunch, and other popular media outlets.

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