Security Nation, S3, E10

How Santander’s Mark Carney and Daniel Cuthbert Are Working to Demystify Quantum Cryptography

January 21, 2021


Featuring more censor beeps than all of Security Nation’s episodes combined, our most recent episode features Mark Carney and Daniel Cuthbert of Santander as they discuss their work with quantum technology (or as Jen describes it, “something, something, something quantum”).  The duo work to debunk myths and concerns about the technology and highlight how it can be used in a security capacity in the future. 

Stick around for our Rapid Rundown, where Tod and Jen exchange some hot security gossip about Signal’s influx of new users and the security implications of using the app with third-party keyboards.

Appears in This Episode

Jen Ellis
Vice President, Community and Public Affairs

Jen Ellis is the vice president of community and public affairs at Rapid7. Jen’s primary focus is on creating positive social change to advance security for all. She believes that it is critical to build productive collaboration between those in the security community and those operating outside it, and to this end, she works extensively with security researchers, technology providers, operators, and influencers, and various government entities to help them understand and address cybersecurity challenges. She believes effective collaboration is our only path forward to reducing cyber attacks and protecting consumers and businesses. She has testified before Congress and spoken at a number of security industry events including SXSW, RSA, Derbycon, Shmoocon, SOURCE, UNITED, and various BSides.

Tod Beardsley
Research Director, Rapid7

Tod Beardsley is the director of research at Rapid7. He has over 20 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He has held IT Ops and IT Security positions in large organizations such as 3Com, Dell, and Westinghouse, as both an offensive and defensive practitioner. Today, Tod directs the myriad security research programs and initiatives at Rapid7. He can be uniquely identified at

Mark Carney
Having been a violinist, Mark now works as a Van Driver and Feral Academic, occasionally continuing research in mathematics, cybersecurity, and exploring this new world of "quantum technologies." You'd never guess he was formerly the Prima Ballerina of the Bootle Opera. 
Daniel Cuthbert
Daniel is a curious explorer of things, an obsessive tinkerer and one who starts many projects and finishes few. He's on the Blackhat Review Board and heads up all things cybersecurity research for a bank. 

About the Security Nation Podcast

Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to celebrating the champions in the cybersecurity community who are advancing security in their own ways. We also cover the biggest events in security that you should know about. In each episode, host Jen Ellis (@infosecjen) sits down with a guest so they can share their stories, what worked, what didn’t, and what you can learn from their initiative so maybe we can inspire you to do something new, while Tod Beardsley breaks down the biggest security headlines of the week. 

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