If you’re a security professional, thinking of becoming one, or just want to remain safer in an increasingly connected world, this podcast is practically a graduate course delivered once a week at no cost to you. Steve Gibson knows computer infrastructure on a fundamental level akin to a native speaker of a language.
As a long-time assembly programmer, Steve’s mind naturally breaks down concepts into its fundamental components, allowing even security novices to follow along (though occasionally it might take a couple listens).
A note to new listeners: the episodes really must be listened to sped up. I’m not sure if Apple’s improved their speed settings, but other apps like Pocketcast and Overcast have features that naturally remove pauses and dead space as well as dynamically speeding up speech. This is necessary because not only are the episodes quite long, but Steve is a very deliberate speaker and is not reading from a script.
This is not meant to be a criticism. He’s a programmer and security researcher. He does not have the decades of radio training his cohost Leo Laporte benefits from. I only mention this because it’s something I hear frequently from people just starting to listen. I find 1.3x is a perfect balance.
Security Now! Is one of the first podcasts I started listening to and it’s given me a framework to discuss just about any technology story in the news, or concept a work. I really can’t recommend it enough. The archive has many classics explaining how the internet works, how computers work, how ecliptic curve encryption works. Seriously, just listen and learn!