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 16 | 2.22.24

Deep dive into the 2024 Incident Response Report with Unit 42's Michael "Siko" Sikorski

This episode of Threat Vector outlines a conversation between host David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, and Michael "Siko" Sikorski, Unit 42's CTO and VP of Engineering, discussing the Unit 42's 2024 Incident Response Report. They provide insights into key cyber threats and trends including preferred attack vectors, the escalating use of AI by threat actors, software vulnerabilities, the concept of 'living off the land' attacks, and the importance of robust incident response strategies. They also address the rising trend of business disruption, supply chain attacks, and share recommendations for mitigating these cyber threats.

Ep 15 | 2.5.24

Beyond the Breach: Strategies Against Ivanti Vulnerabilities

In this episode of Threat Vector, host David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Unit 42, along with guests Sam Rubin, VP, Global Head of Operations, and Ingrid Parker, Senior Manager of the Intel Response Unit, dive deep into the critical vulnerabilities found in Ivanti's Connect Secure and Policy Secure products. They explore the vulnerabilities' potential impact, the urgency of mitigation, and strategies for defense. This discussion sheds light on the tactical and strategic responses necessitated by the current threat landscape, highlighting the collaboration between public directives and private sector response.

Ep 14 | 1.25.24

The Role of Threat-Hunting in Cybersecurity

In this episode of Threat Vector, host David Moulton, Director of Thought Leadership at Unit 42, speaks with Oded Awaskar, an MDR Senior Manager - Threat-Hunting. Oded talks about how he got into threat-hunting, the evolving threat landscape, and the benefits and challenges of implementing a managed threat-hunting program. He also discusses how AI and ML might change the world of security operations and threat-hunting. The conversation wraps up with a lightning round of questions, where Oded addresses misconceptions related to threat-hunting and managed detection and response (MDR).

Ep 13 | 1.11.24

Cybersecurity in the AI Era: Insights from Unit 42's Kyle Wilhoit, Director of Threat Research

Join us on the latest episode of Threat Vector to dive into the evolving world of AI in cybersecurity with Kyle Wilhoit, director of threat research at Unit 42. The podcast also touches on the threat research published by Unit 42 regarding the unique characteristics of Medusa ransomware with Unit 42 researchers Doel Santos, principal threat researcher, and Anthony Galiette, senior malware reverse engineer. This thought-provoking discussion, hosted by David Moulton, director of thought leadership at Unit 42, focuses on the current state and future trends of AI in cyberthreats. Discover how AI is reshaping the landscape of cyberattacks, the role of generative AI in threat actor tactics, and the challenges of attribution in AI-driven cyberattacks. Wilhoit shares his perspectives on the notable use cases where adversarial AI techniques have been employed and how cybersecurity professionals can adapt to these emerging challenges. Learn about the balance between targeted and non-targeted AI-driven attacks and the strategies being developed to counteract them effectively. The conversation then shifts to new research on Medusa ransomware, with experts Santos and Galiette, offering a snapshot of the threat intel they published on the Unit 42 Threat Research Center. Their research exposes how Medusa employs sophisticated methods for propagation and evasion, a unique multi-extortion strategy, transparently pressurizing victims with online ransom demands, and a detailed breakdown of Medusa ransomware's operations and the proactive protective measures suggested by Palo Alto Networks.

Ep 12 | 1.4.24

The Impact of Mentorship and Training for Cybersecurity Growth with Garrett Boyd

This episode features Garrett Boyd, a senior consultant with a background as a Marine and professor, discusses the importance of internal training and mentorship in cybersecurity. He provides insights into how training prepares professionals for industry challenges and how mentorship fosters professional growth and innovation. Garrett emphasizes the need for a mentorship culture in organizations and the responsibility of both mentors and mentees in this dynamic. The episode highlights the transformative impact of mentorship through personal experiences and concludes with an invitation for listeners to share their stories and a reminder to stay vigilant in the digital world.

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Threat Vector
Host(s)
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 Sheida Azimi, 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