Recent Episodes

  • How emotions shape human behavior in cybersecurity

    1st Nov, 2022#22

    Everyone has some kind of relationship with security. Improving that is the key to getting people interested and involved in advancing their security know-how and abilities. To do this at scale, we need to find a common ground that gets the conversation started.

    Today we get to learn from Erlend Andreas Gjære how to improve people's personal relationship with cybersecurity by focusing on empathy, privacy, and self-confidence.

  • Rethinking communication in the cybersecurity space

    18th Oct, 2022#21

    There are many layers of abstraction that separate people from cybercrime, which is why it's so difficult to see the potential consequences of your actions – or lack thereof. It's just hard to connect the cause to its effects.

    That's a real challenge which is going to still persist for quite some time because, biologically, we're just not built for this yet.

    This is why cybersecurity specialists need two things: to build their empathy muscle and to overcome the bias that their familiarization with the industry creates. Both efforts led to doing meaningful, impactful work that connects them to the people they serve.

  • The value of approachability in cybersecurity

    4th Oct, 2022#20

    The key to being a successful cybersecurity expert is to be approachable and understand the needs of others.

    This underrated characteristic of a security specialist or security team has ripple effects that travel farther than you can imagine. Today's guest have a treasure trove of examples that highlights how approachability is one of the key ways anyone can practice empathy.

  • The art of listening

    20th Sep, 2022#19

    The biggest communication problem we have is that we listen with the intention of replying instead of understanding. This takes away the safety net that a speaker is expecting to have and closes the door on empathy.

    That is why it's important to practice the critical art of listening if you wish to grow in how you practice empathy. Mastering it will help you connect with others in a generous and meaningful way.

  • Attaining a fulfilling life in the cybersecurity industry

    6th Sep, 2022#18

    When you take time to replenish, you can serve from the overflow and avoid burnout. Cybersecurity is a stressful industry that demands a lot of commitment from professionals in it. Sometimes, people in this industry focus so much on the task at hand that they forget to replenish themselves.

It’s time to talk about Cyber Empathy

There’s more compassion, kindness, and empathy in cybersecurity than you imagine but you rarely hear about it. Let’s change this together!

Meet the people who dedicate their lives to keeping you, your loved ones, and all the things we often take for granted safe – across all technology layers.

Discover how they ensure your rights are protected as you interact with technology and how their actions – rooted in the hacker ethic – keep tech accessible, decentralized, and human.

Now is the time to talk about empathy in cybersecurity because we need the rich, diverse, and kind perspective it offers. When we understand how and why people connect through technology, we elevate our ability to make wiser decisions that benefit everyone.

Thank you for joining us!

Meet The Hosts

Photography of Andra Zaharia.

Andra Zaharia

I’m a cyber-realist with a over a decade of experience in communication. Since 2015, cybersecurity has been my home.

I jumped at the opportunity to do work that I deeply care about and learn from smart, kind, and generous people. Now I use empathy-driven content to repair the disconnect between people and technology.

Photography of Dave Smyth.

Dave Smyth

I’m a designer and developer with a strong interest in privacy and ethics. I work at Scruples, a collaborative ethical design studio that helps clients make better decisions.

Beyond my work, I spread awareness of privacy and surveillance capitalism issues through my writing and side projects:

  • No To Spy Pixels – a campaign to help people become aware of email tracking pixels and encourage them to take action.

  • Below Radar – a community for freelancers and small business owners who want to reduce their reliance on Facebook, Google and techniques that fuel surveillance capitalism.