Ep. 176 - Security Awareness Series - Bottom Up Context is better than Top Down Control with Nishant Bhajaria


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This month, Chris Hadnagy and Ryan MacDougall are joined by Nishant Bhajaria. Nishant is an executive leader and industry-expert in the privacy and security space and currently serves as the Director of Privacy Engineering and Governance at Uber.

He plays the critical role connecting engineering, legal, and leadership to ensure data protection for both the user and the business. Prior to Uber, Nishant spearheaded compliance and privacy engineering programs at Google, Netflix and Nike. He has a Master’s Degree in computer science from Arizona State University

In addition to speaking extensively in this space, Nishant also teaches courses around privacy, security and career development on LinkedIn Learning. Nishant authored Data Privacy: A Runbook for Engineers - a deep dive into strategies on effectively identifying, communicating and addressing privacy risks using technical strategies. [Aug 15, 2022]

00:00 – Intro

00:20 – Intro Links

02:17 – Nishant Bhajaria Intro

03:33 – How did your career path start?

05:44 – Balancing security and the end-user experience

09:29 – How to introduce security and privacy concepts into a pre-existing infrastructure

13:50 – Balancing technological freedom with security for your family

19:28 – Bridging divisions for the sake of privacy and security

22:09 – Creating better industry standards

26:28 – How to handle your platform becoming weaponized

30:53 – The ethical issue of data use

35:11 – The role of Social Engineering in privacy and security

39:14 – 3 action steps that companies should start doing right now

42:56 – Find Nishant online

44:24 – Book Recommendations

47:13 – Wrap Up

47:41 – Outro

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