Brakeing Down Security podcast

A podcast all about the world of Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Regulatory issues that arise in today's workplace. Co-hosts Bryan Brake and Brian Boettcher teach concepts that aspiring Information Security Professionals need to know, or refresh the memories of the seasoned veterans.
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Jul 6, 2015

Roxy, who we interviewed a few months ago on our podcast about hackerspaces, is back with us this week to discuss a project she is working on, called 'Big Brown Cloud'. If you've ever wanted to setup your own fake blog and send people to it to gain information on possible attacks, you've come to the right place.  


We also get an update on the hackerspace that Jarrod, Sean, and Roxy were getting setup a few months ago. They've come a long way, and they are about to move into their new facility

Jun 29, 2015

In this podcast, you'll learn about:

Log analytics software that can be used to parse system logs for naaty malware

Detecting Malware artifacts

learn about windows directory locations

looking for indicators like packing, changed hashes, etc

Tips for capturing malware using tools like RoboCopy

Learn about what code caves are and how malware hides inside them (


SANS DFIR poster - 

Jun 22, 2015

Michael Gough joined us again to discuss malware detection techniques on Windows systems. We talk about how you can modify Powershell's defaults to allow for better logging potential. Also, we find out some hidden gems that pretty much guarantee to let you know that you've been infiltrated. 

Stay for the powershell security education, and you also learn some new terminology, like "Malware Archaeology", Malwarians, and 'Log-aholic', to name a few...

Jun 14, 2015

This week, we discuss various methods of enabling companies to move applications to cloud based platforms. 

We discuss containers, like Docker, and how various hosting services handle converting businesses from a traditional data centers to a secure. cloud based entity.

We even discuss securing the data in the cloud, preventing bad guys from accessing it, as well as the cloud provider themselves, who can be served with a subpeona to hand over data.

Brakeing Down Security would like to thank FireHost for allowing Chase and Mike to join us.

Jun 8, 2015

With last week's revelation from Microsoft that they will support SSH, understanding powershell has become more important than ever as a tool to be used by blue teamers, both for adminstration, and to understand how bad guys will use it for nefarious deeds on your network.


Part 2 of our interview with Mick Douglas discusses a bit more about the DEV522 class that he teaches for SANS, and why it seems that blue team (defenders) are not getting the training they should.  By being deficient in necessary skills, the knowledge between bad guys and the defenders widens. 

May 31, 2015

We had the opportunity to discuss with Mick Douglas the fact that there is a stigma of blue team always being on the losing end of the security. Is it because there are more tools for the pentesters or bad guys, or that it takes a massive IT budget to be secure? We don't believe so... Great insights into how a blue team can protect their network.

May 26, 2015

Having a more secure network by deploying tools can be no easy task. This week, we show you a tool, Security Onion, that can give you an IDS and log analysis tool in less than 20 minutes.

May 17, 2015

When you're working with network infrastructure, there's a real need for proper configuration management, as well as having a proper baseline to work from.

Mr. Boettcher and I continue through the SANS Top25 Critical Security Controls. #10 and #11 are all dealing with network infrastructure. Proper patches, baselines for being as secure as possible. Since your company's ideal security structure needs to be a 'brick', and not an 'egg'.


May 10, 2015

We continue our journey on the 24 Deadly Programming Sins. If you listened to last week's podcast, we introduced the book we were using as a study tool:

This week is on command injection. We first discussed command injection as part of our OWASP Top 10 for 2013, but you'll be surprised just how easy devs compile conditions that allow for command injection into their code as well.

May 8, 2015

At DerbyCon last year, Mr. Boettcher did a microcast with Johnny Long. An inspirational human being who left a life many info professionals dream of, and went to Africa to help disadvantaged people make a better life with access to technology.

Where is the audio you ask? Well, we've posted it on out Patreon so that they can have first dibs on it. We'll post it here this weekend for everyone. 

He is a great individual and we hope you'll enjoy it.

May 3, 2015

Code Audits are a necessary evil. Many organizations resort to using automated tools, but tools may not find all issues with code. Sometimes, you need to take a look at the code yourself. 

Mr. Boettcher and I begin going through the book "24 Deadly Sins of Software Security: Programming Flaws and How to Fix Them" What we covered this week is "buffer overruns", we discuss what they are, and how they occur.

Get ready for a crash course in code audits. The book is not required, but it definitely helps when we are discussing concepts.

We also mentioned our new Patreon account, so if you are a listener, and want to support what we do, you can give on a per month schedule. Donations are entirely optional, and if you don't wish to give, that's fine too.


24 Deadly Sins on Amazon:



Apr 26, 2015

When you're faced with major projects, or working to understand why your IDS fails every day at the same time, there must be a way to work that out. Or when you must do the yearly business continuity failover, you need a process oriented framework to track and ensure changes are committed in a sane, orderly manner.

ITIL is a completely versatile, flexible framework that scales with your organization. You can also use it with your software development lifecycle. You can use it to enhance major projects and security initiatives.

Tim Wood joins us for the second part of his interview. We discuss Change Management, Problem Management and making inter-departmental SLAs a reality for proper management of changes.


Tim Wood's Presentation: (view only)

Apr 18, 2015

Much of InfoSec and Compliance is all about processes, procedures, controls, audits, and the proper management of all of these.  To do so, you need a proper framework to make these as seamless as possible. ITIL is one of these types of frameworks.

We introduce Mr. Tim Wood on the podcast, who has over 20 years of ITIL experience and began ITIL implementations in banks and Healthcare systems in the United Kingdom. He currently works with different industries to change culture and make an ITIL a reality.

This week, we go over the History of ITIL, and understand the various incarnations from v1.0 to v3.0. You quickly understand where security will start fitting into all those facets of the ITIL framework.


Tim Wood's Presentation: (view only)

Apr 7, 2015

Special interview this week! On the heels of their uber successful KickStarter campaign, we brought co-founder Ryan and one of the technical editors Anthony in to discuss what Cybrary is. We also discuss ways you can leverage it in your own business to get quality security awareness training, as well as train up your employees on infosec topics that can benefit your company and employees. You can find out more at

Apr 4, 2015

It's that time of year again...  when all the reports come out that shows how various industries did over the last year.

Brakeing Down Security went over the results of the Verizon PCI report.  Did companies do worse this year, or could they have actually improved? Listen to our analysis, and what companies can do to learn from this, and how you can use this report to help get a leg up when your QSA comes calling.


Pay IRS using "Snapcard":


According to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), virtual currencies are treated as "Property":

Mar 28, 2015

We continue our trek down the list of SANS Top 20 Critical Security Controls this week with #12 and #13 - Boundry Defense, and Controlled use of Administrative Privileges.  Learn what you can do to shore up your network defenses, and how to handle admin privileges... When to give that kind of access, and how to make privileged access as secure as possible while still allowing administrators to do their work.

Mar 21, 2015

We invited the organizers of the "", a Dallas, Texas based hacker/makerspace on the podcast to talk about why they wanted to start a makerspace, the costs and plans to setup a hacker space, and some of the things you can do with a makerspace. We also understand the sense of community and the learning environment gained from these places. 

If you are looking to start a 'space in your area, or looking to understand why they are needed in a community, you'll want to listen to Roxy, Sean, and Jarrod talk about the highs and lows and even some of the gotchas in setting up a space.

Mar 15, 2015

Mr. Boettcher went on vacation and was volunteering for Austin Bsides this week, and I needed to do a podcast, so I enlisted the aid of Lee Brotherston and Jarrod Frates discuss some important topics.  We discuss the seemingly short talent pool for IT/IS positions.  We talk about the ROWHAMMER vulnerability and how it may affect your organization. Additionally, we talk about how the NTP protocol is being maintained by one person and what can be done to help with that, as it is a critical piece of Internet Infrastructure, and finally, we figure out why PGP/GPG is not user-friendly, and if there are ways to make it better, or if it needs to be replaced permanently.


News of the week

  1. RowHammer -


  1. Lack of hire-able people in IT/IS - per Leviathan Sec report.


  1. NTP maintained by one guy ‘Father Time’


  1. Moxie Marlinspike’s GPG/PGP rant: Perfection ruined the goal


Mar 7, 2015

In our continuing discussion with Jeff and "Str4d", we got right to the heart of the matter: Privacy and anonymity.


If you're trying to remain anonymous, what steps do the devs of I2P use to keep themselves as anonymous as possible.  We also touch on what the "Browser Exploitation Framework", and why it scares the heck out of Jeff.


Finally, I ask them if there is any real 'good' sites on I2P, because of how the media seems to latch on to any story where we hear the bad things of any anonymizing network, is there a way we can improve the image of anonymizing networks.


*** If you have a blog, and it's about security/privacy/compliance, please consider adding us as a write-in for '2015 Best New Security Podcast' here:***


Show notes:

Feb 28, 2015

Mr. Boettcher got a hold of the developers and maintainers of the anonymizing network "I2P". We talked with "str4d" and "Jeff" this week.

In Part 1 of the interview, we discuss the technical aspects of I2P, how it functions, how 'Garlic routing' works, and how the flood Fill servers allow for I2P to function effectively.

In the final segment, we discuss form factors, specifically if I2P is available for embedded systems like Raspberry Pi.

If you find Tor not to your liking, give I2P a try... it's goals are the same, but the method of security and privacy are different. Plus, as you can hear from the podcast, it's very much a tight knit community of security and privacy enthusiasts.


Show notes, links, and contact info:

Feb 21, 2015

The second part of our interview with Pawel discussed Content management systems, and how you can integrate CSP in Drupal, Django, and the like.

Content managers, you'll want to listen to this, especially about how CSP can help you secure the content on your systems, as well as protect customers from web based attacks using the sandboxing functions of CSP

Pawel's Blog =

Pawel's CSP builder app =

Quick Guide to CSP:



Feb 16, 2015

Pawel Krawczyk did an interview with us about Content Security Policy. Learn about what it is, and whether or not the latest browsers can support it.


We also talk about how you can get around it, if there are ways to avoid it if you are a bad guy, and how you can get the most out of it.

If you're a web developer, and want to reduce your site's chances of allowing XSS, you'll want to take a listen to this.

Feb 10, 2015

Extra special treat this week!  We do a continuation of our review of the Top 20 Security Controls, in which we do #14 and #15, which all of you will find very interesting.


But the real reason we are posting this today is the Call for Papers and Call for Mentors for the Bsides Las Vegas Proving Grounds! We invited Magen Wu (@tottenkoph) on to discuss. If you've ever asked yourself "I'd like to give a talk, but they'd never put me on"  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! :)

This is a great opportunity if you're a veteran speaker, or just want to give back to the community at large... You can mentor a n00b to help them create a topic, help them hone their paper, and be with them when they give the talk at Bsides Las Vegas in July.  

Many thanks to @tottenkoph and @securitymoey. They need your help, both as a mentor and a mentee.  This is also an excellent networking opportunity. You get 1-on-1 access to an often influential mentor, someone in the infosec community, and your talk will be seen by several hundred people. hmmm.... maybe I should put one in :D



SANS #14-10: 

Ensure that the log collection system does not lose events during peak activity, and that the system detects and alerts if event loss occurs (such as when volume exceeds the capacity of a log collection system). This includes ensuring that the log collection system can accommodate intermittent or restricted-bandwidth connectivity through the use of handshaking / flow control.




"Dirty Rhodes" created by Kevin MacLeod ( 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Feb 7, 2015

During our research with Lee Brotherston, who we had on last week for our podcast on threat modeling, we got to listen to one of his talks about how his ISP in Canada was actively doing a Man-in-Middle injection of a banner into sites that he visited.  


We were intrigued, and also gobsmacked (I can say that, right?) about the brashness of an ISP not apparently understanding the security implications of this, so we had him back on totalk about the finer points of his research.  The bad news? Other ISPs, including American ISPs are using this technology.


This is one of those podcasts that you need to tell your friends about, cause it's truly surprising the lengths ISPs go to injecting content into your pages.

 We also have a short message about the Bsides Las Vegas Proving Grounds this year... If you've wanted to present a paper at a conference, and have a mentor guide you through the process, hit them up on the Proving Grounds page at

Show notes (lots of info): 









"Dirty Rhodes" created by Kevin MacLeod ( 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Feb 1, 2015

Threat Modeling... ranks right up there with Risk Assessments in importance...  You gotta figure out how the applications you're creating or the systems you're engineering are secure.  It really takes knowing your application and really, knowing the enemies/factors that can cause your application to fail, from santizing inputs on a web app, to making sure that your code doesn't have use-after-free bugs.

Brakeing Down Security talked about conducting threat modeling and application reviews with Lee Brotherston (@synackpse) from Leviathan Security (@LeviathanSecurity) this week. We discuss types of risk analysis, including one named 'Binary Risk Analysis', which may simplify assessment of your computer systems.  


Show notes =




"Dirty Rhodes" created by Kevin MacLeod ( 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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