Threat Vector

Threat Vector

Threat Vector is your compass in the world of cyberthreats. We unravel cyberthreat intelligence secrets through engaging discussions, expert interviews, and insightful analysis.

Hear our unique threat intelligence, cutting-edge techniques, and real-world case studies. We'll equip you with the knowledge and insight to proactively prepare and stay ahead in the ever-evolving threat landscape.

Recent Episodes

Ep 22 | 5.9.24

Navigating the AI Frontier: A Security Perspective with Mike Spisak

In this episode of Threat Vector, host David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Unit 42, discusses the challenges and opportunities of AI adoption with guest Mike Spisak, Managing Director of Proactive Security at Unit 42. They emphasize the importance of early security involvement in the AI development lifecycle and the crucial role of inventorying AI usage to tailor protection measures. Mike provides insights on balancing innovation with security, warning against treating security as the 'last gate,' and describes AI as a 'baby tiger,' underscoring how initial enthusiasm can lead to unforeseen risks if not carefully managed. Listeners will gain actionable strategies for proactive risk assessment and ethical AI adoption.

Ep 21 | 4.27.24

Understanding the Midnight Eclipse Activity and CVE 2024-3400

In this episode of Threat Vector, host David Moulton and Andy Piazza, Sr. Director of Threat Intelligence at Unit 42, dive into the critical vulnerability CVE-2024-3400 found in PAN-OS software of Palo Alto Networks, emphasizing the importance of immediate patching and mitigation strategies for such vulnerabilities, especially when they affect edge devices like firewalls or VPNs. The discussion covers the discovery, technical details, and exploitation of the vulnerability, highlighting its potential for unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges. They discuss the Midnight Eclipse activity related to pre-disclosure exploitation of the vulnerability, the collaborative response with cybersecurity firm Volexity, and the living off the land techniques employed by threat actors. The episode underlines the critical nature of patching vulnerabilities promptly, monitoring network traffic for suspicious activity, and ensuring that mitigation strategies are in place to protect against such threats.

Ep 20 | 4.18.24

Defending against Adversarial AI and Deepfakes with Billy Hewett and Tony Huynh

In this episode of Threat Vector, David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Unit 42, explores Adversarial AI and Deepfakes as part of the ongoing series “AI’s Impact in Cybersecurity” with two expert guests, Billy Hewlett, Senior Director of AI Research at Palo Alto Networks, and Tony Huynh, a Security Engineer specializing in AI and deepfakes. They unpack the escalating risks posed by adversarial AI in cybersecurity. You’ll learn how organizations can fortify their defenses against AI-driven attacks and the critical role of human vigilance in safeguarding against sophisticated cyber threats.

Ep 19 | 4.4.24

Mission-Driven Security: From Marine Corps to Silicon Valley with Donnie Hasseltine

In this episode of Threat Vector, host David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Unit 42, welcomes Donnie Hasseltine, VP of Security at Second Front Systems and a former Recon Marine, as they delve into the indispensable role of a military mindset in cybersecurity. Drawing from over two decades in the Marine Corps and a seamless transition into the tech industry, Donnie shares insights into leveraging military discipline and strategic thinking in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. This conversation not only explores the challenges and opportunities within the startup ecosystem but also highlights the criticality of foundational cybersecurity practices and the value of a security-first approach. Listeners will gain an understanding of how military experience equips veterans for impactful roles in cybersecurity, offering unique perspectives on problem-solving, leadership, and the importance of nurturing a security mindset to navigate and mitigate cyber risks effectively.

Ep 18 | 3.21.24

Public Meets Private: Forging the Future of Cyber Defense Unpacking Congressional Testimony from Sam Rubin

Join David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Unit 42, as he hosts Sam Rubin, VP and Global Head of Operations at Unit 42, to discuss Sam's testimony to the US Congress on the multifaceted landscape of ransomware attacks, AI, and automation, the need for more cybersecurity education and more. This episode digs into the sophistication and rapid evolution of cyber threats with insights drawn from real-world case studies, including stark revelations from sectors like healthcare and education. The conversation underscores the need for robust public-private partnerships in fortifying cybersecurity frameworks. Listeners will gain a deeper understanding of the strategic shifts necessary to counteract the advanced tactics of today's cyber adversaries.

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Threat Vector
David Moulton
Meet David Moulton, the voice for Threat Vector, the Unit 42 podcast dedicated to sharing knowledge, know-how, and groundbreaking research to safeguard our digital world.

Moulton, leads Thought Leadership for Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks, draws on a rich background of experience, including roles in design, strategy, marketing, and sales, to connect with experts from across the globe.
Schedule: Biweekly, Thursdays
Credits: Executive Producer is Michael Heller, Show production by Shelia Droski, Tanya Wilkins, Danny Milrad, and David Moulton. Editing by David Moulton. Audio Engineering by Elliott Peltzman.
Creator: Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks
Unit 42 by Palo Alto Networks