Recent Episodes

  • Cybersecurity is about loving other people

    28th Mar, 2023#26

    To our guest, Anastasios Arampatzis, a Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Specialist and Cybersecurity Content Writer, the ancient Greek heroes and philosophers have much to teach us about helping people secure their digital lives.

    He believes that promoting, teaching, and spreading knowledge about cybersecurity is a massive demonstration of love. Here's the heartfelt story behind this belief.

  • Creating psychological safety in cybersecurity

    14th Mar, 2023#25

    Psychological safety doesn't just help performance. It also creates space for us to name problems, admit vulnerabilities, and then find ways to get better.

    Besides keeping technology safe to use, cybersecurity also needs to protect the people using it. Arguably, this is the most important goal for this industry. The path to achieving this is definitely not an easy one, but it is an attainable one when we have real-life examples to guide our work.

  • Why security teams need an empathy filter

    28th Feb, 2023#24

    Any security team that wants to be effective and make a difference needs to remember that overly technical and dramatic messages about trending or successful attacks fly right by busy ears. 

    The solution? 

    Creating simple messages that resonate with people in their context. This is a practical way of using empathy to create true resonance, but it’s often difficult to accomplish without help. That’s why a non-IT specialist with communication expertize can act as an empathy filter for the security team when bringing them on board. 

  • From fear to friendship: how positive language boosts cybersecurity awareness

    14th Feb, 2023#23

    Poor communication hinders cyber-safety adoption and creates a disconnect between information security specialists and the people they serve. But empathy steps in to offer practical solutions to this pervasive and costly problem which impacts every organization in the world.

    Tune in to learn from Ceri Jones how positive language can transform cyber safety measures from an exhausting burden into an empowering self-development tool.

  • 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.

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.