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About the Author
Kyle Puckhaber has a wide background from mitigating cyber-security threats, business to politics, and everything in between. He loves navigating through chaos to find customized solutions to problems. He is the CFO for the cyber-security startup Deeplight Systems. He is a philosopher at heart. As a contrarian, he questions conventional wisdom and experiments with alternative approaches to traditional problems. He enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and finding wisdom in travelers and nature. The first podcast he hosted is called Seeking Truth, which is an effort to find truth through the dialectic process.

Episode 25: Adventures with Pocket

I enjoyed getting to know Pocket on this podcast. He’s a fun loving social engineering kinda guy. He talks about getting kicked out of BSides to working for BSides. We discuss the DEFCON side con ShabbotCon  that he and his brothers started so that Jews who attend DEFCON have a space to recognize the Sabbath…

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Episode 24: Hacking Sex Toys, AI, and X-Prize

In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Sydney Swaine – Simon, founder of the non-profit Neurotechx, XPRIZE advisor, AI Commons partner and all around interesting human. We talk about his involvement at the Biohacking Village at DEFCON, which leads us to an interesting case study of identifying vulnerabilities in IoT sex toys…

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Episode 23: Continuous Penetration Testing

Casey Cammilleri, founder of Sprocket Security, joins me to discuss the necessity of continuous with DevOps and shadow IT departments so prevalent in today’s companies. We exchange security stories from our start-ups and talk about the awesomeness of hacker communities challenging each other and exchanging information in a fun entertaining way. Say hi to Casey…

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Episode 22: Spiritual Hacking on a Train

This is a different episode. I happened to be on a train coming from Winnemucca, NV to Salt Lake City, UT soaking in the afterglow of my first trip to Burning Man. I happened to talk to a gentleman, Anthony Benton, who turned out to be a spiritual hacker. While he’s not in your traditional…

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Episode 21: Building Tiny Robots and Tesla Coils

I have the pleasure of speaking with Torrey Smith on this episode of the podcast. Torrey’s got the right blend of grit and tenacity to get things done. He’s putting the same energy into building giant Tesla Coils at Burning Man into his new startup Endiatx to build tiny robots that swim around our bodies…

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Episode 20: Thots on Hacker Farm

Jonathan Tomek, co-founder of Chicago’s THOTCON, joins me on this podcast to discuss threat intelligence, ham radio, and what it’s like to run a hacker conference and the genesis of THOTCON. We talk about how he’s gathered threat intelligence data through Iranian hacker groups. We discuss QRP records sending messages thousands of miles with very…

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Episode 19: Tales from the Cold War

Jo Jones is a collector of Cold War artifacts and she shares her knowledge and passion with me on the podcast. We discuss pamphlets, ID tags, nuclear bunker maps that were handed out in the Greater Milwaukee Area during the Cold War. From citizen activation and engagement to preparing for the morbid possibility that your…

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Summer Break

The CypherCon Podcast is entering summer break. While on break we plan to build a new podcast website for your enjoyment. We will return October 15th with new fascinating interviews with incredible hackers sharing new exciting stories!

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Episode 18: Meditation Moss

Kat Traxler joins me on the podcast to talk about encryption, secrets management, security impact of application layers, and growing things. One of the themes on this podcast is that cybersecurity can be super stressful work and it is important to have something to allow you to decompress and center your mind. For Kat that’s…

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Episode 17: Capture the Purple Team

On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Trenton Ivey, Co-founder of CypherCon. He’s led and designed the capture-the-con events at CypherCon and really put a lot of emphasis on interactivity into the capture-the-con competition. We chat about the hacker communities in Milwaukee compared to St. Louis where he now lives. He talks…

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Episode 16: Cyber security Strategies and Approaches

I join Chris Merkel at Northwestern Mutual’s Cream City Labs for this podcast. Chris is a Senior Director of Cybersecurity Operations at Northwestern Mutual. We talk about fostering a work environment that allows the team to do great security work, overcoming challenges in the shift to cloud services, security challenges within different sectors, strategies for…

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Episode 15: Knife Fighting and Industrial Cyber Security

On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Lesley Carhart. We talk about hacking for pancakes, knife fighting martial arts, industrial cybersecurity, apartment complexes sharing your data without permission, and some really great resume and job hunting tips. You say hi to Lesley at @hacks4pancakes on twitter and find her on her blog at tisphone.net.

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Episode 14: True Stories of an AV Entrepreneur

I am joined by all around technical A/V guru and entrepreneur Sean Schult. We talk about how he sold his first program when he was 12 years old, how he started doing A/V in high school as a DJ and doing sound production for plays, and today he has a full blown production company. We…

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Episode 13: Everything Crypto

Matt Werner joins me in a conversation about cryptocurrency. Matt recently worked as an Engineering Manager at Coinbase and shares a wealth of knowledge on cryptocurrency. We talk about different coins, how to vet a coin to find out if it’s good, and interesting applications of ERC20. Matt shares what it was like to be…

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Episode 12: Augmented Reality Podcasting

Bummed that CypherCon is over? We bring you back with Augmented Reality Podcasting! Johnny Xmas and I sat down after his talk at CypherCon 4.0 and we bring you back into the Con. Among other topics, we discuss (not) flamethrowers, venmo drug dealers, and questioning whether or not there is true altruism. You can check…

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