The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast

Join us to hear stories from the Microsoft Threat Intelligence community as they navigate the ever-evolving threat landscape - uncovering APTs, cybercrime gangs, malware, vulnerabilities, and other weird and cool tools and tactics in the world of cyber threats. Featuring tales of innovation, teamwork, and cyber espionage, tune in to hear in-depth analyses of Microsoft's influence on the threat landscape and behind the scenes stories from the tireless researchers and analysts that take part. This enthralling and insightful podcast is delivered in a casual, conversational style that transports you to the frontlines of cyber defense.


Recent Episodes

Ep 16 | 4.10.24

Microsoft Secure in San Francisco

On this week's episode of The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast, Sherrod DeGrippo is Live from Microsoft Secure in San Francisco and is joined by Brandon Dixon and Vasu Jakkal. As Group Product Manager for Security Copilot, Brandon is helping to shape how generative AI is used to empower professionals to focus on what matters most. Brandon reflects on how security practices have changed, mental health in the security industry and how AI can empower individuals in the tech and infosec fields. Vasu discusses her passion for cybersecurity and its impact on global safety. She emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and optimism in tackling security challenges and shares her journey into cybersecurity, which was influenced by her love for technology instilled by watching Star Trek. Vasu also highlights the transformative potential of AI, particularly Microsoft Copilot for Security, in enhancing defense capabilities and catching new threats.

Ep 15 | 3.27.24

Live from New York it’s Microsoft Secure

On this week's episode of The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast, Sherrod DeGrippo is Live from Times Square at Microsoft Secure and is joined by Chris Wysopal, Chip Calhoun, and Torrell Funderburk. Chris (aka Weld Pond) reflects on his experiences with L0pht, the evolution of bug bounty programs and their dominance in the cybersecurity space, highlighting both the benefits and drawbacks. Chip explains how Copilot for Security assists with threat hunting and script analysis, enhancing analysts' capabilities in identifying threats and malicious activities. He also touches on the prevalent threat actor profiles, highlighting the prevalence of e-crime and the potential impact of nation-state actors. Terrell expresses excitement about the advancements in their security program and the ability to detect and respond at scale. He also discusses his transition from software engineering to cybersecurity and encourages others to consider the move due to the foundational similarities between the fields.

Ep 14 | 3.13.24

Data Science for Security

On this week's episode of The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast, Sherrod DeGrippo is joined by Emily Yale and Anna Bertiger. The discussion delves into Emily and Anna's daily activities within the security domain. Emily highlights her role in supporting Microsoft's internal Security Operations Center by building detections for potential threats. Anna emphasizes the practical application of research in solving security problems and focuses on anomaly detection in post-breach security. Emily and Anna provide insights into Microsoft's work culture, the intersection of technology and security, the importance of mathematical and data science skills in tech roles, and the practical applications of AI tools in professional and personal contexts.

Ep 13 | 2.28.24

Throwing Darts in the Dark With Microsoft Incident Response

On this week's episode of The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast, Sherrod DeGrippo is joined by Stella Aghakian and Holly Burmaster. They explore the intrigue of watching threat actors and their techniques and walk through these techniques and how they are educational and critical in threat intelligence work. They also discuss their experiences at Microsoft Ignite, insights into the cyber threat actor Octo Tempest, and personal reflections on threat intelligence and favorite threat actors. Both Stella and Holly discuss how they thrive on the uncertainty and variety of their work despite the long hours and high pressure but appreciate the supportive team environment that helps them.

Ep 12 | 2.14.24

Iran’s Influence Operations

On this week's episode of The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast, Sherrod DeGrippo is joined by Bryan Prior and Nirit Hinkis from the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center. Sherrod, Bryan, and Nirit discuss Iranian influence operations, distinguishing between influence and information operations. The conversation covers examples of cyber-enabled influence operations, focusing on Iran's actions related to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections and the Israel-Hamas war. The discussion covers tactics Iranian actors use, such as impersonation, recruiting locals, and leveraging email and text messages for amplification. The podcast brings context to the intricacies of Iranian cyber activities, their collaborative efforts, propaganda consumption, creative tactics, and challenges in attribution for influence operations.

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The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Podcast
Sherrod DeGrippo
Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Threat Intelligence Strategy at Microsoft, is a frequently cited threat intelligence expert with a 19-year career leading global threat research and analyst teams. She was named Cybersecurity Woman of the Year in 2022 and Cybersecurity PR Spokesperson of the Year for 2021. Sherrod has provided expert commentary for BBC News, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and New York Times and has presented extensively at conferences including Black Hat, RSA Conference, RMISC, SleuthCon, and others.
Schedule: Bi-Weekly
Credits: Executive Producer is Bruce Bracken, Producer is Rob Petrillo, Production Manager is Max Solomon, and our Audio Engineer (and magician) is none other than The Great Rich Cerbini.
Creator: Microsoft
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