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Shift5 | Episode 28: Frontiers of Cybersecurity

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Sept. 17, 2021

It’s no secret that digital technology has been at the root of many such profound impacts over the past century. But this digital landscape invites brave, new frontiers of cybersecurity problems. These frontiers co-evolve with new technologies--from the internet, to smart phones, to internet of things devices, to fleet assets like “planes, trains and tanks.” We can thank venture capitalists and the entrepreneurs they back for many of these new technologies.

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Shift5 | Episode 27: Aircraft Penetration Testing

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Aug. 27, 2021

Even though they may not look like it at first glance, aircraft are crammed full of computers. Because aircraft run complicated software and contain many digital interfaces, aircraft cybersecurity has become an increasingly important topic. In this show, special guest Brian McCord discusses just how embedded digital components are into modern aircraft, what cybersecurity threats exist, and how a researcher goes about discovering cybersecurity issues in an aircraft.

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Shift5 | Episode 26: Space Force

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Aug. 13, 2021

The United States established the Space Force in 2019 as the world’s first and only independent space force. Its mission is to protect US and allied interests in space. Space is an important domain for a wide range of applications, including communications, observation, scientific exploration, and recently tourism. In this episode, special guest Ryan Welch joins us to discuss the mission of this newly formed organization.

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Shift5 | Episode 25: Field Engineering in Tech

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Aug. 4, 2021

Field Engineering is the customer-facing team of technologists who are "closest to the problems" faced by the customer which enables our company to rapidly deliver world class solutions. In this episode, we welcome special guest Egon Rinderer to discuss what makes a great field engineer, how it’s unique from product engineering, and why many companies find it advantageous to develop field engineering organizations.

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Shift5 | Episode 24: CISA and Bad Practices

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July 16, 2021

CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is a standalone US federal agency established to advance the Department of Homeland Security’s national security mission. It seeks to reduce and eliminate threats to US critical physical and cyber infrastructure. In this episode, special guests Brian McCord and James Correnti discuss Jen Easterly’s Confirmation as the new CISA Director, CISA’s mission, and a new catalog of Bad Practices that the Agency is actively developing.

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Shift5 | Episode 23: Quantum Crypto

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July 9, 2021

On this podcast, we’ve talked about the need to secure legacy systems from attackers that use today’s technology. But what about securing today’s systems in preparation for attackers using technologies of the future? In this episode, special guests Ellie Daw and Ben McCarty discuss one of those emerging technologies: quantum computers, and specifically their utility for securing and encrypting data.

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Shift5 | Episode 22: Four Stages of Maintenance

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June 18, 2021

Maintenance departments are not often known as the first place to implement new technologies, but as more companies emerge to aid in their processes, companies have to learn to meet these teams where they are and guide them through a digital transformation.

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Shift5 | Episode 21: Future of Autonomous Fleets

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June 11, 2021

Autonomous fleets are quickly becoming the new topic of conversation among the trucking, rail, and aviation industries. However, with optimistic promises of safety and efficiency improvements comes caution regarding cybersecurity and legal risks. In this episode, we invite special guest, Mike Weigand, to discuss these benefits and risks of what the autonomous future has in store for fleet assets.

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Shift5 | Episode 20: Cybersecurity for the Modern Ninja

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May 28, 2021

A few weeks’ ago, we discussed the utility of the hacker’s mindset in all manner of situations. But what if I told you that the hacker’s mentality is far older than the term itself? On this week’s episode, I am delighted to welcome Ben McCarty, author of Cyberjutsu: Cybersecurity for the Modern Ninja, to discuss the parallels between the practices of world class, cutting-edge cybersecurity professionals and those of elite Japanese warriors hundreds of years ago, as well as what the latter can teach the former.

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Shift5 | Episode 19: Cyber Hardening for Embedded Devices

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May 21, 2021

Cyber Hardening is the process of securing a system by reducing its vulnerabilities. In this episode, special guest Joe Saunders discusses how denial of service, buffer-overflow, memory corruption, and zero-day attacks affect critical industrial, commercial, medical, military, and consumer targets -- and how we as a cybersecurity community can rise to the challenge of defending these critical systems.

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The Cyber Attacks that Impact our Daily Lives

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May 17, 2021

When most people think of cybersecurity or cyber attacks, they typically think of malicious activity targeting sensitive IT (information technology) assets. These assets often contain highly-valuable data that can be stolen, sold, or held for ransom by a motivated adversary. But what about the OT (operational technology) that controls critical elements that we rely on everyday? What threats are present and what does a cyber attack on an OT system look like?

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Shift5 | Episode 18: Predictive Maintenance for Military Weapon Systems

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May 14, 2021

The DoD's maintenance system operates primarily on time-based or reactive maintenance and is struggling to implement preventative and predictive maintenance technologies. In this show, Mitch Plonski and Mike Weigand discuss how system operators and military commanders have a need for a comprehensive analysis of their fleets’ data in real-time to better predict maintenance requirements.

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Shift5 | Episode 17: Hackers Are Coming for your Water Supply

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May 7, 2021

Critical infrastructure like water plants, power plants, and sewage treatment facilities have become increasingly digital over the past few decades. Unfortunately, this modernization created a new attack surface for cyber criminals and nation states to put critical infrastructure at risk. In this episode, we welcome special guest Dave Weinstein to the show to discuss why we’ve seen the relentless digitization of critical infrastructure, what’s broken, and how we fix it.

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Shift5 | Episode 16: Think Like a Hacker

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April 30, 2021

A hacker is a person who uses technical skills to overcome a challenge or a problem. Typically the term is used to describe someone working within a computerized system, but the hacker mentality can be very useful in other contexts. In this episode, Mike Hoeschele and Dan Gonzalez join us to discuss the hacker mentality and how they use it every day to solve complex, hard problems.

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Essential Technology Upgrade for DoD Fleets

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April 29, 2021

(Washington, D.C) April 29, 2021 – Shift5, Inc., an operational technology data and cyber security company, has released an innovative solution for real-time predictive maintenance technology for Department of Defense weapon systems.

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Shift5 | Episode 15: Practical IoT Hacking

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April 23, 2021

As we’ve discussed on this podcast numerous times, technology has accreted into our daily lives in profound ways. These devices are operating our locomotives, driving our cars, and delivering patient care. The consequences couldn’t be graver and the security community is unable to keep up. In this episode, special guests, Fotis Chantis and Ioannis Stais, join me to discuss the three major IoT attack surfaces: the network, the hardware, and the radio.

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Data to Drive Smarter Aircraft

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April 22, 2021

Recently, the New York Times reported that Newer Planes Are Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data, enabling them with smarter and safer fleets. With this new generation of aircraft comes more advanced data collection technology to empower business decisions in regards to fuel efficiency, safety, and predictive maintenance.

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Shift5 | Episode 14: Car Hacking

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April 16, 2021

In this show, special guests Robert Leale and Matt Rogers discuss just how digital components are embedded into modern cars, what cybersecurity threats exist, and why it’s important for researchers to continue hacking cars.

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Shift5 Lightning Talk Presentation at WiCyS 2021

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April 13, 2021

Shift5’s own, Rebeccah Wrady, has been selected to lead a lightning topic discussion during the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) 2021 Conference in Denver, CO, titled “Defending Legacy Systems Against Cyber Attack.”

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Shift5 Hosted on Railway Age Podcast

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April 9, 2021

We're honored to be hosted on the "Rail Group on Air" podcast by Railway Age! Shift5's Josh Lospinoso and Michael Weigand talk mechanical reliability and cybersecurity in freight/passenger rail with MidRail LLC Chairman, Gilbert H. Lamphere, and Railway Age Editor-in-Chief, William C. Vantuono.

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Shift5 | Episode 13: Internet Connected Cows

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April 9, 2021

The agricultural industry has been experiencing a quiet digital revolution. Previously analog, manual processes are becoming fully automated. Data scientists are plying their craft to millenia-old agricultural problems. In this episode, special guests Garrett Bladow and Joe Pantoga discuss the agricultural IoT revolution.

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Shift5 | Episode 12: Designing Electronics

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April 2, 2021

Electronics are all around us. But how are they designed? Who conceives, develops, produces, and tests these components? In this episode, special guests Olivia Puleo and Phil Weigand discuss how modern electronics go from concept to reality.

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Shift5 | Episode 11: Smarter and Safer Fleets with AI

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March 26, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso invites special guests Walter Tackett, Dan Morton, Matt Rogers, and Ellie Daw discuss what AI is (and is not), what kinds of fleet inference problems it can help solve, and exciting new trends in this field.

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Shift5 | Episode 10: IoT Cybersecurity

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March 19, 2021

The Internet of Things or “IOT” is a physical device network that exchanges data. These devices have embedded sensors, actuators, and software, and often communicate over the internet. Security researchers often joke that the S in IoT stands for security. Many IoT devices weren’t designed with privacy or security in mind. In this episode, we invite special guests Chris and Casey from Phosphorous to the show to discuss IoT cybersecurity.

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Shift5 | Episode 9: Red Teaming

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March 12, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests David Hunt, Alex Manners, and Brian McCord to discuss what red teaming is, how people get started in the red teaming world, how organizations employ red teams, and what the future holds.

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Shift5 | Episode 8: Fleet Data Science

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March 5, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests Ellie Daw and Dan Morton to discuss how we can apply data science principles to fleet data to make fleets smarter and safer.

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Shift5 | Episode 7: CREAM of the Crop

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Feb. 26, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests Dr Kevin Kornegay and Dr Michel Kornegay to discuss IoT cybersecurity, what they’re doing to raise awareness, and how they’re recruiting and training cybersecurity talent to address IoT cybersecurity issues.

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Shift5 | Special Episode: Precision Railroading

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Feb. 23, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests, Dave Dealy, Gil Lamphere, and Mike Weigand to discuss Precision Railroading, how data and cybersecurity will play a big role in rail operations, and where the locomotive industry is heading.

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How Secure are DoD Weapon Systems?

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Feb. 22, 2021

In recent operational testing, the DoD routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities. Disconcertingly simple tools and techniques were often enough for penetration testers to take control of weapon systems. Fortunately, the DoD is beginning to take weapon system cybersecurity seriously, but we have a long way to go in developing solutions to address this dangerous new threat frontier.

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Shift5 | Episode 6: OmniTRAX Hack

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Feb. 19, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests, Mike Weigand and Ellie Daw, to discuss the OmniTRAX ransomware attack, how these attacks affect business operations, and what the future holds.

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Can a Train Be Hacked?

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Feb. 12, 2021

Short answer: Yes. Heavy transportation equipment has grown increasingly insecure and vulnerable to cyber attacks. This equipment is reliant upon onboard embedded computers that run software and firmware, which can be compromised by motivated adversaries. There are few, if any, existing cyber security monitoring solutions and the transportation industry hasn’t invested or deployed technologies to control software and firmware configurations onboard.

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Lye Detector: Hacker Caught Poisoning Oldsmar Water Supply

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Feb. 11, 2021

Around 8 AM on Friday of last week, a cyberattacker attempted to sabotage a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, FL by instructing the control systems to inject over a hundred times the normal dose of lye. According to city officials, the attacker accessed an instance of TeamViewer, a remote access tool commonly used by industrial operators for troubleshooting and oversight.

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Shift5 | Episode 4: Fleet Intelligence

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Feb. 5, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests, Ellie Daw and Rebeccah Wrady, to discuss the opportunities to run more profitable, safer, and smarter operations by upgrading fleets with modern technology.

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Shift5 | Episode 3: Planes, Trains, and Tanks Are Really Computer Networks

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Jan. 29, 2021

In this episode, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, invites special guests Matt Rogers and James Correnti to discuss the role of digital components in everyday transportation assets, what kinds of technologies make them tick, what kinds of opportunities we have to make fleets smarter and safer using data, and the state of cybersecurity in transportation fleets.

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The State of DoD Weapon System Security

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Jan. 25, 2021

DoD Weapon Systems are choc-full of digital components. They are more networked and software dependent than ever before, but generally these systems were never designed with cybersecurity in mind. In this most recent video, Shift5 CEO, Josh Lospinoso, dives into the state of cybersecurity within the DoD Weapon Systems.

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Shift5 and NexLyte Announce Strategic Partnership

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Oct. 1, 2020

NexLyte is a system integrator specializing in public and private telecommunications networks with a strong focus on passenger and freight rail. Shift5 is partnering with NexLyte to enhance integrating Shift5 solutions for our rail and public infrastructure customers.

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Podcast: International Cyber Warfare: How Real is the Threat?

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Aug. 25, 2020

In this episode of The Cybrary's international cyber warfare podcast, Shift5 CEO Josh Lospinoso features as special guest. Josh discusses zero-day vulnerabilities including when to keep, use, and responsibly disclose them. In this episode, we’ll get into the ethical and legal challenges that need to be considered in cyber war operations.

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Shift5's Michael Weigand Appears on The Cybrary

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May 4, 2020

Cybrary is a cybersecurity and IT career development platform with a weekly podcast. Shift5 CEO Mike Weigand joined Cybrary on The Cybrary Podcast on February 19, 2020 to discuss securing serial data buses on OT platforms.

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Shift5 Launches C++ Meetup Group (video)

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April 19, 2020

Shift5 co-founder Josh Lospinoso kicks of the inaugural Washington DC C++ User Group Meeting with a talk about object lifetimes, resource ownership, exceptions, and copy/move semantics in C++. Combined, these ideas allow the developer to employ the powerful resource acquisition is initialization (RAII)/constructor acquires destructor releases (CADRe) paradigms.

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Josh Lospinoso Presents "C++ for Hackers" at US Army Cyber Center of Excellence

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Jan. 17, 2020

Shift5 co-founder Josh Lospinoso talks about how C++ can be a vital tool for infosec developers. In this talk, he presents a simple Stage 0 Implant written in modern C++ to tool developers from Army Cyber Command. Along the way, he illuminates many features of C++, the C++ Standard Library, and the Boost Libraries that are highly useful when developing cybersecurity tools.

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Shift5 Raises $2.5 Million in Seed Round

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Sept. 1, 2019

Shift5, Inc. a cybersecurity company that builds hardware and software products to defend weapon systems, air platforms, and commercial transportation systems raised an additional $2.5 million in venture funding

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