Security Nation, S3 E11

Nontraditional Paths Into Security, Part 2: How Steve Ragan Innovates at the Intersection of Journalism and Tech

February 04, 2021


In our latest episode of Security Nation, Steve Ragan joined the podcast to discuss his unlikely journey from reluctant security expert to journalist. For Steve, having the tech knowledge is important, but so is crafting a good story.    

We take deep dives on topics like where the industry was in the ‘90s plus the unique way he approaches Akamai’s “The State of the Internet” report (and their own podcast). We’ll hear why writing with empathy is a foundation of Steve’s process when tackling deeper technical subjects. Also, the joys of shameless self-promotion...  

Stick around for our Rapid Rundown, where we get quite the rapid rundown of three big events in security: North Korea’s campaign targeting security researchers, the takedown of the Emotet botnet, and (most importantly) the long-awaited cracking of Tod’s seven-year-old Dogecoin CTF.

Appears on This Episode

Steve Ragan
Security Researcher and Editor, Akamai Technologies

Before joining the journalism world in 2005, Steve spent 15 years doing consulting and freelance contracting within the IT space. His main focus was on infrastructure management and security. After leaving journalism in 2018, he started working with Akami doing threat research and publications. Steve's a father of two, grandfather of two, and a rounded geek who collects phishing kits.