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A podcast about cybersecurity, technology and innovation issues in the military.

Episode Date
ChatGPT, DoD Cloud Contract, Google Management Traits?
00:48:46
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle discuss the award of Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability and ChatGPT.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChatGPT#cite_note-code_red-37   Google on ChatGPT:  https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/21/technology/ai-chatgpt-google-search.html https://www.theinsaneapp.com/2022/12/top-chat-gpt-examples.html JWCC:  https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3243483/department-names-vendors-to-provide-joint-warfighting-cloud-capability/
Jan 13, 2023
On Tactics, On Operations
00:55:29
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle are joined by special guest Brett Friedman and the team talks about tactics, whether or not the operational level of war exists, and even a bit of force design. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: https://www.usni.org/press/books/tactics https://www.usni.org/press/books/operations https://www.amazon.com/American-Way-War-Military-Strategy/dp/025328029X https://www.amazon.com/21st-Century-Ellis-Operational-Strategic/dp/1612518079/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=21st+century+ellis&qid=1671484665&s=books&sprefix=21st+century+ellis%2Cstripbooks%2C115&sr=1-1 https://press.armywarcollege.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1619&context=monographs
Dec 30, 2022
Return of Clausewitz
01:03:13
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle are re-joined by special guest Olivia Garard and they talk Clausewitz and the Defense.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: https://mwi.usma.edu/some-clausewitzian-thoughts-on-the-ukrainian-defense/
Dec 09, 2022
Multi-domain C2 operations
01:18:38
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle are joined by special guest Col Jeremy Winters, and they discuss all things Marine Air Control Group. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9gTAjbiQEM&ab_channel=MarineCorpsRecruiting https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Chain-Defending-America-High-Tech/dp/B086KQC2H2/ https://www.amazon.com/Limitless-Upgrade-Anything-Faster-Exceptional/dp/B086WPC14V/ https://www.amazon.com/Three-Dangerous-Men-Irregular-Warfare/dp/B095J93H5C/ https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-James-Kerr-audiobook/dp/B00FK500ZK/ https://www.themiloffice.com/
Dec 02, 2022
Mobile Forensics
01:13:06
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle are joined by special guest Jessica Hyde, and they discuss all things Mobile Forensics. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: https://www.hexordia.com/ https://dfirdiva.com/ https://thisweekin4n6.com/ https://www.13cubed.com/ https://aboutdfir.com/a-beginners-guide-to-the-digital-forensics-discord-server/ https://cyberdefenders.org/blueteam-ctf-challenges/ https://www.youtube.com/c/DFIRScience https://dfir.pubpub.org/pub/inkjsqrh/release/2 https://www.swgde.org/documents/published-complete-listing  ​​https://www.giac.org/podcasts/trust-me-im-certified/power-of-mind-over-matter-with-jessica-hyde/
Nov 11, 2022
Digital Transformation, Software Dev and Factories, and VMware Tanzu
00:53:33
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle are joined by special guest Aaron Swain. They discuss what a Director of Digital Transformation does, software factories/software development, and the state of the software within the DoD. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts.
Oct 31, 2022
Exchange Vuln and Meetings
00:55:18
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle discuss an exchange vulnerability and some thoughts on meetings - when to have them, what we need to fix, and even a tie into doctrine and planning. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: Exchange vuln:  https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-confirms-new-exchange-zero-days-are-used-in-attacks/ Adam Grant (tweet): https://twitter.com/adammgrant/status/1575919115621249025?s=46&t=3ssUn0PdP9nZeSGThMitSg Bloomberg Article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-26/are-meetings-a-waste-of-time-pointless-plans-cost-big-companies-100m Book:  The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why https://a.co/d/eaMtKZk 
Oct 11, 2022
BYOD for the Marine Corps?
00:54:36
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle are joined by special guest Col Brian Russell and we discuss whether BYOD is the right thing for the Marine Corps.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: Fedscoop article on BYOD:  https://www.fedscoop.com/army-to-kick-off-bring-your-own-device-byod-pilot-in-coming-weeks/ Brian’s article for the MCA: https://mca-marines.org/blog/2022/07/12/before-firing-a-shot-operations-in-the-information-environment-in-the-marine-corps/ NIST 800-207: https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-207/final CrowdStrike’s Zero Trust overview: https://www.crowdstrike.com/cybersecurity-101/zero-trust-security/ Google BeyondCorp: https://cloud.google.com/beyondcorp Okta’s BeyondCorp Website: https://beyondcorp.com
Sep 07, 2022
Password Manager hack
00:48:08
In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk through a recent password manager hack, accessing air gapped data through LEDs, and NDAA language around vulnerabilities.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts. Links: Bloomberg article about LastPass: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-25/the-world-s-most-popular-password-manager-says-it-was-hacked Air gapped computers hacked through switch/network card LED lights: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/etherled-air-gapped-systems-leak-data-via-network-card-leds/?fbclid=IwAR0KzowuUfZ_V5yKfcuwEmhn7DrcsasMQf8YHCbrtj6FjqXOy14iecjXsq8 NDAA: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7900/text Sect 6722
Sep 02, 2022
FD2030, RXR, and the role of Comm/Cyber/Intel
01:23:52

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle are joined by special guest LtCol Scott Cuomo and the team talks about Force Design 2030, Recon/Counter-Recon, and what experience Scott has experimenting with the concepts, and his recommendations for Comm / Intel / and Cyber Marines.

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Links:

WoTR podcast with MGen Donovan:

https://warontherocks.com/2022/08/the-task-force-at-the-bleeding-edge-of-the-marine-corps/

Scott’s critique of Owen West’s article:

https://warontherocks.com/2022/07/on-the-ground-truth-and-force-design-2030-reconciliation-a-way-forward/

FD2030 articles:

https://mca-marines.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Case-for-Change.pdf

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/journals/military-review/online-exclusive/2021-ole/berger-future/

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2022/april/stand-forces-adapt-or-perish

https://warontherocks.com/2020/05/getting-the-context-of-marine-corps-reform-right/

https://mca-marines.org/wp-content/uploads/Not-Yet-Openly-at-War-But-Still-Mostly-at-Peace.pdf

Aug 29, 2022
Strategic Advantage Depends on Cyber Vulnerabilities of Weapon Systems Article
01:04:46

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle discuss an article about strategic advantage and how the authors of the article feel cyber contributes (or fails to contribute).

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Links:

Hill Article:  https://thehill.com/opinion/cybersecurity/3591153-us-strategic-advantage-depends-upon-addressing-cybersecurity-vulnerabilities-of-weapon-systems/amp/

Aug 19, 2022
BGen Jay Matos
01:05:07

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle are joined by special guest BGen Jay Matos and talk Task Force NetMod, the direction of the 06XX MOS, and what software development will look like in the Marine Corps.

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Links:

JADC2-https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/2972369/jadc2-implementation-plan-finalized-signed-by-defense-leadership/

JWCC-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Enterprise_Defense_Infrastructure

Thunderdome-https://www.fedscoop.com/disa-setting-direction-for-thunderdome-cybersecurity-initiative/

Army Software Factory-https://www.fedscoop.com/marines-to-embed-at-army-software-factory%EF%BF%BC/

MCDP 8-https://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/MCPEL/Electronic-Library-Display/Article/3077947/mcdp-8-information/

Aug 12, 2022
PyPI
00:36:31

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk through PyPI announcing they were rolling out 2FA for critical repos and some of the fallout as a result of this decision.

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Links:

Snark:  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snark

PyPI article:  https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/pypi-mandates-2fa-for-critical-projects-developer-pushes-back/?fbclid=IwAR1miz9zGORelshF19IwWZ_GdGClAMCOdvXlDBfXiVwVzWKuHYcwZCkHKPE&fs=e&s=cl

Ethical hacking gone wrong:  https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hacker-says-hijacking-libraries-stealing-aws-keys-was-ethical-research/

Jul 15, 2022
Space Force
00:53:59

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk about all things Space Force with special guest Erika Teichert.

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Jun 13, 2022
Web 3.0 Security, Passwordless login, iPhone offline hack
00:37:26

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about some current event type of things.  Have a listen to hear about an angry admin getting 7 years in prison, a passwordless movement, security implications of web 3.0, and an iPhone hack that works when your phone is powered off.

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Links:

Passwordless:

https://developers.google.com/identity/fido

https://moxie.org/2022/01/07/web3-first-impressions.html

May 27, 2022
Quick Reaction: Lapsus$ Ronin and Atlassian
00:54:21

Show notes

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about a pair of recent hacks and some SaaS downtime.

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Links:

-https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/04/leaked-chats-show-lapsus-stole-t-mobile-source-code/ 

-https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/03/a-closer-look-at-the-lapsus-data-extortion-group/

-https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2022/03/22/dev-0537-criminal-actor-targeting-organizations-for-data-exfiltration-and-destruction/

-https://www.wired.com/story/okta-hack-microsoft-bing-code-leak-lapsus/

-https://fortune.com/2022/03/24/mastermind-lapsus-microsoft-nvidia-okta-hack-16-year-old-living-mom/

-https://gizmodo.com/lapsus-hackers-are-stealing-microsoft-samsung-okta-d-1848687645

-https://newsletter.pragmaticengineer.com/p/scoop-atlassian?s=r

May 06, 2022
CSSP and the “Basics” of what the 06XX Community provides
01:06:13

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle welcome two special guests - a pair of CWOs - Jon Cole and Rob Mawson.  Adding to the conversation started in Episode 51 - DCO-IDM, the team talks about the role of the 06XX community in cybersecurity, and what the roles of the 0630 and 0670 Chief Warrant Officers.

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Links:

https://terminallance.com/2013/01/18/terminal-lance-245-myths-and-legends-v/

Apr 22, 2022
Cyber Manpower Management
01:06:57

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk with MSgt Tim Gastonguay - the enlisted monitor for the 17XX MOS.  The team talks assignments, recommendations for interacting with your monitor, and some general information for the cyberspace MOS.

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Links:

-https://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/2958811/establishment-of-the-information-maneuver-1700-occupational-field/

https://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/2978720/talent-management-strategy-group/

-https://www.amazon.com/Talent-War-Special-Operations-Organizations-ebook/dp/B08GFG5C53

-https://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/MCPEL/Electronic-Library-Display/Article/900339/mco-13008-ch-1/

https://www.marines.mil/Portals/1/MCO%201300.8.pdf

-https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Hypothesis-Finding-Modern-Ancient/dp/0465028020

Apr 04, 2022
Conti and Current Events
00:54:24

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk about a series of cyber issues around current events.  They discuss the Conti leaks, Anonymous announcing war via tweet, and ICANN responding to a de-listing request.

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Links:

Conti:  https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/03/conti-ransomware-group-diaries-part-iii-weaponry/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conti_(ransomware)

https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/alerts/aa21-265a

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/03/conti-cybergang-gloated-when-leaking-victims-data-now-the-tables-are-turned/

Anon:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/27/anonymous-the-hacker-collective-that-has-declared-cyberwar-on-russia

https://www.engadget.com/apple-tv-plus-severance-trailer-213716350.html

Kilkullen accidental guerilla

https://www.amazon.com/Man-Without-Face-Unlikely-Vladimir/dp/1594486514

ICANN:  https://www.engadget.com/icann-says-it-wont-kick-russia-off-the-internet-212332356.html

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/03/icann-wont-revoke-russian-internet-domains-says-effect-would-be-devastating/

UBA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaaDLcC0ahM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoS9_Mr_K2E

https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Accidental_Guerrilla/

Mar 14, 2022
DCO-IDM Companies
00:45:16

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle welcome special guests Maj Kris Drake and Lt Trevor Barrow to talk about DCO-IDM.  What is it, how does it work?  What does this acronym even stand for?  All this and more are available for your listening pleasure!

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Mar 11, 2022
CISA's Warning and Ukraine
00:21:40

In this quick take episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle discuss a warning from CISA.  Does the warning deviate from what we have covered on previous casts, or reinforce what we have been saying from the beginning?  What is different about this?  Do uniformed developers bring something special to the table?  If we decide to take on more uniformed developers, how do we train them?  Retain them?  Have a listen to get this and more.

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Links:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/cisa-warns-upgrade-your-cybersecurity-now-to-defend-against-potential-critical-threats/

Feb 25, 2022
To Dev or not to Dev
00:52:11

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk with special guest Maj Erik Rye about all things Dev. Do uniformed developers bring something special to the table?  If we decide to take on more uniformed developers, how do we train them?  Retain them?  Have a listen to get this and more.

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Links:

https://www.mitre.org/sites/default/files/publications/pr-19-03715-2-modernizing-dod-requirements-enabling-speed-agility-and-innovation.pdf

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=e-7AgFoAAAAJ&hl=en

Feb 14, 2022
Gaming Security
00:50:33

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk about the security of video games, a new phishing vector via google docs, and a concerning trend of security programs shipping with embedded cryptocurrency mining software.

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Links:

https://www.ifsecglobal.com/global/pokemon-go-security-risks-flagged-by-the-cia-middle-eastern-states-and-data-security-experts/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/

https://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/esg_technical_validation_google_cloud_for_gaming.pdf

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/01/500m-avira-antivirus-users-introduced-to-cryptomining/

https://www.digitalshadows.com/blog-and-research/cyber-threats-to-the-online-gaming-industry/

https://threatpost.com/sega-security-aws-s3-exposed-steam/177352/

Jan 28, 2022
Phoenix Cast and Cognitive Crucible
01:21:17

The Cognitive Crucible is a forum that presents different perspectives and emerging thought leadership related to the information environment. The opinions expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of or endorsement by the Information Professionals Association.

In this crossover episode of the Phoenix Cast and Cognitive Crucible, John Bicknell is joined by John Schreiner, Kyle Moschetto, and Rich Vaccariello. The podcast hosts discuss why they started their respective casts, how they view competition, the key take-away of their casts, the top must-listen episodes, and the other podcasts they listen to.

Jan 11, 2022
Quick Reaction Log4Shell
00:31:17

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about the latest vulnerability disclosure Log4j (also called Log4Shell).  The hosts discuss what the vulnerability is, why it is important, and the recommended actions to remediate (as well as what to do if you can’t do that right now).

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Links:

CISA statement: https://www.cisa.gov/news/2021/12/11/statement-cisa-director-easterly-log4j-vulnerability

Explanation through memes:  https://blog.devgenius.io/log4shell-as-explained-by-metaphor-and-memes-38de224a2eb7

Jan 10, 2022
Tidings of Teamwork & Technology
00:52:09

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle each bring a topic to discuss.  Rich opens the discussion with the new version of JEDI - the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability, John discusses how Spotify scales Agile, and Kyle brings it home with the concept of the minimum viable security product.

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Links:

Wires of War:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1982144432/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_48SYDY7N23PYRJ6CGENZ

Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/technology/google-pentagon-artificial-intelligence.html

Agile at Spotify: https://www.atlassian.com/agile/agile-at-scale/spotify

Minimum Viable Security Product: https://mvsp.dev

Jan 10, 2022
Innovation Challenge Winners
00:56:59

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk with the winners of the 2021 innovation challenge Maj. Vic Castro and Cpl. Will Crum. They discuss why they entered, how they went about creating their successful app, and their thoughts on how the Marine Corps can further benefit from efforts like this.

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Links:

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/407879/mef-wins-micro-app-innovation-challenge-against-coders-across-marine-corps 

Dec 03, 2021
Talent Management
01:13:37

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk about the recently released talent management 2030.  Going through the points of the executive summary, the hosts provide their reaction to the document and what the implications of the proposed changes could mean for the force.

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Nov 19, 2021
Cybersecurity Month
00:53:18

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about some of the basics of cybersecurity.  Covering the topics Passwords, Phishing, and Supply Chain, the hosts provide recommendations on how to make improvements in your personal life and in the field.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts.

Nov 05, 2021
BGen Pasagian - MARCORSYSCOM
00:58:47

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle welcome special guest BGen AJ Pasagian, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Systems Command.  The cast gets schooled on all things acquisitions, as BGen Pasagian walks the team through what he wishes Comm and Cyber Marines knew, his thoughts on securing the supply chain, and what needs to change.  Check out the links below to listen to “Equipping the Corps”, the official podcast of MCSC.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts.

Links:

Equipping the Corps: https://open.spotify.com/show/19i98tZ6gEOw6rawOb4pQe 

IT Doesn't Matter: https://hbr.org/2003/05/it-doesnt-matter

WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250217709/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_7Z4J0JB5JMGNVKGV7T7N

Oct 22, 2021
With the Authors: Responsible Cyber Offense
01:08:47

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle welcome special guests Perri Adams, Dave Aitel, George Perkovich, and JD Work.  The guests discuss their article “Responsible Cyber Offense” explaining to the hosts why they wrote the article, going through the specific recommendations point by point, and then answering what they wish they could add.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts and please share to continue the conversation.

Links: https://www.lawfareblog.com/responsible-cyber-offense

Oct 08, 2021
Clausewitz and Cyber
01:13:23

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle welcome special guest Olivia Garard - @teaandtactics on Twitter.  In a departure from the norm for the cast, Olivia takes the mic and discusses concepts from her book “An Annotated Guide to Tactics: Carl von Clausewitz’s Theory of the Combat” and whether or not the hosts think Clausewitz actually applies to Cyber.  Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts.

Links:

Olivia’s book:  https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/GuidetoTactics-web.pdf

Olivia’s Podcast appearance on PME.com:  https://www.professionalmilitaryeducation.com/carl-von-clausewitz-theory-of-the-combat/ 

Oct 01, 2021
Hot Take: Confluence and Exit of Air Force's First CFO
00:35:02

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle go it alone without a guest. They discuss the latest vulnerability in Confluence (CVE-2021-2608) and the exit of the Air Force’s first Chief Software Officer. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts.

Links:

Confluence: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/current-activity/2021/09/03/atlassian-releases-security-updates-confluence-server-and-data

Nick Chaillan:  https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/03/usaf_chief_software_officer_quits_angry_post

DCGS-A/Palantir: https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/03/29/palantir-who-successfully-sued-the-army-just-won-a-major-army-contract/

Sep 24, 2021
THE Warrant Officer
01:18:17

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk with special guests Capt Leila Doumanis and CWO5 (Ret) Jason Kirk about the mythical Chief Warrant Officer rank.  They discuss the transition, balancing hands-on keyboard, teaching, and how to maintain proficiency. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter: @USMC_TFPhoenix (Now verified!) Follow MARFORCYBER & MCCOG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Leave your review on Apple Podcasts.

Recommended Reading:

Freedom’s Forge https://www.amazon.com/Freedoms-Forge-American-Business-Produced/dp/0812982045

Link:  https://www.marines.mil/Portals/1/Publications/SECNAVINST%201412.9B.pdf

Sep 17, 2021
Hot Take
01:01:36

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle share their thoughts on coming to work in cyber, professional military education, and then give us their conclusions.

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Sep 14, 2021
Getting Started with Cloud
00:58:58

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about getting started with cloud. They will answer the questions of “why is learning cloud so hard?” and “where do I start.”

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Aug 27, 2021
PrintNightmare and Kaseya Ransomware attack
00:26:40

In this hot take of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle discuss the recent “PrintNightmare” and Kaseya Ransomware attack. This isn’t the first time ransomware has come up in the podcast and is surely not the last. In this episode, John and Kyle will discuss what was different about these attacks and why they matter.

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Aug 20, 2021
Defense Robotics with Sean Bielat
00:47:22

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich, and Kyle talk to Sean Bielat, a defense robotics expert and a previous United States Marine Corps officer with an incredibly interesting backstory. Sean talks to the crew about how to define defense robotics, where he thinks it is headed in the future, and even delves into some of the ethical issues around the technology and the safeguards that have been taken. – Kyle’s hot take “Less than lethal” will change the way we think about and employ the technology.

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Technology vector created by macrovector

Jul 30, 2021
Digital Forensics with Jared Luebbert
00:49:34

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich and Kyle talk to Jared Luebbert, a digital forensics and litigation support professional who currently serves in the United States Marine Corps as a warrant officer and owns his own private practice. He has been practicing digital forensics analysis worldwide for six years.

Quotables:

“The more and more I do it, the more I fall in love with it.” – Jared

“Step one, if you’ve been hacked that’s a crime so you should probably take this to law enforcement, maybe get a criminal investigator … That isn’t typically what I’m for.” – Jared

“Focus on the training of this because he operates in a microscopic world … the toolkit is there and you need the training to go with it. Please get your Marines to training.” – Kyle’s hot take

“Data lineage, so what do I mean by that, metadata about data is super important. So tracking data or its lineage from data producers to data storage solutions to data consumers, is paramount in an age where data is the center of gravity for all organizations.” Riches knife hand moment

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Jul 19, 2021
Deputy Commandant of Information, Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds
01:09:01

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, deputy commandant of information, about DMCEN, cyber Marines, and how to support the warfighter with cyber. Before serving as DCI, Lt. Gen. Reynolds served as the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command commander. She started as a communications officer before the internet was a big deal and talks about her journey to understand the world of cyberspace and how important it is for the Marine Corps.

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Jun 25, 2021
BGen Loni Anderson, DCOM JTF-ARES
00:59:05

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Brig. Gen. Loni Anderson, deputy commander of Joint Task Force-Ares, about the cyber battlespace and the role of JTF-Ares. Anderson is a reservist that has served as a pilot, graduating from the Navy’s premier fighter pilot TOPGUN training school, flown many combat sorties over southern Iraq, and was even a member of the Blue Angels.

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Jun 11, 2021
Colonial Pipeline Hack and Ransomware
00:47:24

Don’t understand why there was a gas shortage on the east coast? In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about the recent Colonial Pipeline hack. The cast discusses who was behind the hack and broad strokes about what ransomware is and why it is difficult to defend against. This Phoenix Cast gives business owners an idea of what to do in order to protect against ransomware attacks and the importance of this type of security.

Quotable:

"As an attacker, you have to be right once; as a defender, you must be right all of the time" - Kyle

“The majority of us have not been ransomwared, so now is an awesome time to say ‘what would happen if I was?’” - John

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May 21, 2021
Nate Fick Marine Officer / Author / CEO
01:02:58

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Nate Fick, Marine officer, author, and CEO of Endgame, Inc., a cybersecurity software company based in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA., about his transition from Marine to CEO. In this episode, the cast takes a dive into the world of being a CEO and discusses endpoint detection and response and much, much, more.

Quotables:

“When you’re trying to solve a security problem you can solve it via people, process, and technology.” – Nate Fick

“Don’t be the current executive officer, be the chief explaining officer, know the vision and communicate that vision.” - Rich

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May 10, 2021
Modernizing IC4 with BGen Mahlock
01:06:12

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Brig. Gen. Lorna Mahlock, Director, Information, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (IC4) and the Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps, about leading Cyber Marines and adapting to change. Mahlock started her career enlisted as an air traffic controller. They discuss the modernization of IC4 in the Marine Corps and how it affects the Marine Corps around the globe.

Quotables:

“We have to be able to fight as a global enterprise.” - Brig. Gen. Mahlock

“We are the only service in the department of defense that has Office 365 implemented across the entire force.” - Brig. Gen. Mahlock

Books Mentioned:

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

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Apr 23, 2021
The Phoenix Project and DevOps with Gene Kim
01:03:59

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project and namesake of the podcast. Gene has been studying high performing technology organizations for 23 years. His journey started in 1999 when he was the CTO and founder of a company called Tripwire in the information security space. The hosts share how his book, The Phoenix Project, inspired them and helped them succeed in the IT and innovation world. They discuss Gene's observations about what it takes to be a high performing organization and how the military is uniquely postured to excel as it embraces change and the future.

Books Mentioned:

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Apr 16, 2021
Peeling Back the Cybersecurity Onion with Doug Burks
01:15:05

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Doug Burks, the founder and CEO of Security Onion, a free and open source Linux distribution for threat hunting, enterprise security monitoring, and log management. Doug started security onion in 2008 as a means for helping people "peel back the layers of their networks and make their adversaries cry.

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Apr 12, 2021
The FIRST Network Battalion
01:04:42

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Lt. Col. Juliet Calvin, the commander of one of the newest units in the Marine Corps: the 1st Network Battalion. The 1st Network Battalion, first of its kind, is responsible for the information networks that support Marine warfighters in the western region. 

Lt. Col. Calvin shares the true story behind the formation of the battalion and why it matters to Marines in the Fleet Marine Force and the future of operations in the information environment for the Marine Corps. As a brand-new unit, Lt. Col. Calvin has the distinction of serving as the first commander for this Camp Pendleton-based network battalion, the first of three battalions and three network activities securing, operating and defending the Marine Corps Enterprise Network throughout the globe. These units fall under the Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group, a subordinate command to Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command. 

Quotables: 

“It’s on my daily battle rhythm. Reach out to two individuals in the workforce. Have a conversation with them that has nothing to do with work and has everything to do with them as an individual.” 

“There’s no one stakeholder that gets the nod every single time. I’ve got to make judgement calls every single day on who’s getting the priority of effort and sometimes that’s not a popular opinion but that’s where it comes in to play for having a commander that’s responsible for it and that’s continuously making those judgement calls ever day.” 

“From managing an entire battalion… to a reinforce fireteam at home. That’s a big deal!” 

Books Mentioned: 

Leading geeks: How to manage and lead people who deliver technology by Paul Glen Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal  

Related Articles: Uncase the colors: 1st Network Battalion is born 

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Mar 19, 2021
Council of Colonels with Col Clearfield & Col Debish
01:16:13

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk to special guests Col. Joseph R. Clearfield, chief of staff of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and Col. Ed Debish, commander of Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group, about their leadership experiences in command of premiere warfighting and cyberspace organizations. They discuss leading a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), their experiences with full-spectrum cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum operations and the importance of being a lifelong learner. Stay tuned until the end to hear what each colonel is most proud of so far in their career.

Quotables:

  • “Anybody who’s listening who has ever been on a flight where they clap when you land… try that on a postage stamp in the middle of nowhere on something that’s moving left to right, forward and backward at a steady pace with wind… it’s complicated right! It’s math!”
  • “You can make a machine continue to do something over and over again, relentlessly, non-stop, that can impose a cost on someone.”
  • “The dirty little secret about PME… there’s really three legs of the stool. There’s what the institution provides you in terms of formal schools. There’s what the command provides you in terms of training and education. And then there’s what the individual cares to take on for themselves. And I would say the most important of those three legs is what the individual does.”
  • “The only way you gain trust with people is getting to know people.”

Books Mentioned:

Addendum: Col. Clearfield was nominated in early March 2021 for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

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Mar 05, 2021
Convergence in the Information Environment
01:02:11

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Col. Brian Russell, commander of II Marine Information Group, about his vision for convergence in the information environment. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of competing and combining a variety of information capabilities to collect, protect, and project information.

Quotables:

  • “How do I as MIG commander, or all the way down to the individual Marine, collect, protect or project information?”
  • “Human are in fact more important than hardware.”
  • “Operations in the information environment requires a campaigning, competition and protection approach.”
  • “OIE requires agility across authorities.”
  • “Quantity is a quality all its own.”
  • “Everybody fights.”

Resources Mentioned:


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Feb 19, 2021
Instant Reaction: Baron Samedit
00:46:30

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich share their instant reaction to a recently revealed vulnerability in sudo, which is a a powerful and near-ubiquitous open-source utility used on major Linux and Unix-like operating systems. How big of a deal is CVE-2021-3156 aka "Baron Samedit"? What should you do if you're vulnerable? When will all these vulnerabilities end? Stay tuned to find out...

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Learn more about Baron Samedit:

https://www.deepwatch.com/blog/sudo-vulnerability/

https://blog.qualys.com/vulnerabilities-research/2021/01/26/cve-2021-3156-heap-based-buffer-overflow-in-sudo-baron-samedit

https://www.zdnet.com/article/10-years-old-sudo-bug-lets-linux-users-gain-root-level-access/

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/network-security/one-of-the-most-beautiful-bugs-ive-seen-decade-old-sudo-bug-grants-linux-root-access/

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/stepping-up-for-a-truly-open-source-elasticsearch/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/15/technology/amazon-aws-cloud-competition.html

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/01/centos-is-gone-but-rhel-is-now-free-for-up-to-16-production-servers/

Feb 05, 2021
Parler Compromised
00:57:20

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk  about the compromise of the social media app Parler. They discuss how a sequence of unprecedented events led to 80 terabytes of the site's data being scraped and the cybersecurity lessons to be learned from this event.

Episode Links:

Wired article: https://www.wired.com/story/parler-hack-data-public-posts-images-video/

Insecure direct object reference: https://www.acunetix.com/blog/web-security-zone/what-are-insecure-direct-object-references/#:~:text=Insecure%20direct%20object%20references%20(IDOR,control%20and%2For%20authorization%20checks.

Project Maven: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/technology/google-letter-ceo-pentagon-project.html


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Jan 22, 2021
Leading Cyber Marines with Maj. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy
01:10:38

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guest Maj.  Gen. Matthew G. Glavy, commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, about leading Cyber Marines and adapting to change. They discuss the challenges of communicating cyber concepts with the rest of the Marine Corps, some of his favorite book recommendations, as well as how to best communicate with senior leaders. 


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Jan 07, 2021
Instant Reaction: SolarWinds Compromise
01:01:53

In this bonus episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich break down their instant reaction to the compromise and cyberattack of SolarWinds. What really happened? What are the cybersecurity implications for you and your networks?

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Episode Notes:

1) Read the FireEye Report: 

https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2020/12/evasive-attacker-leverages-solarwinds-supply-chain-compromises-with-sunburst-backdoor.html

2) Read the Microsoft Report: 

https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2020/12/18/analyzing-solorigate-the-compromised-dll-file-that-started-a-sophisticated-cyberattack-and-how-microsoft-defender-helps-protect/

Dec 22, 2020
Automation with Nick Russo
01:26:31

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guests Nick Russo about automation. They explore concepts, opportunities and challenges for automation and problem solving in the military and civilian IT world.


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Dec 17, 2020
The Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary
00:52:22

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle and Rich talk to special guests Gabriel Rodriguez and Nell Shamrell-Harrington, members of the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary. The Cyber Auxiliary is comprised of a small cadre of highly talented civilian cyber experts who train, educate, advise, and mentor Marines to keep pace with constantly evolving cyber challenges.

Listen to this episode to learn more about what the Cyber Auxiliary actually does, how they interact with Marine and how you can join.

For more information on the Cyber Auxiliary, visit https://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Agencies/Deputy-Commandant-for-Information/Marine-Corps-Cyber-Auxiliary/

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Nov 27, 2020
Work From Home
00:44:56

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle explore the lessons learned in 2020 regarding working from home. They explore the solutions and challenges from both a technical and practical standpoint.


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Nov 13, 2020
The Marine Coders
00:56:28

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk to Collin and Hutch, the founders of Marine Coders. Their organization's mission is to empower Marines to compete in the digital operating environment through access to modern software development tools, techniques, procedures and resources. They aim to increase the software literacy of the total force in order to compete in the modern operating environment.


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Oct 30, 2020
Edge Computing and Artificial Intelligence
00:52:47

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about the future of high-tech warfare. With a focus on edge computing and artificial intelligence, this week's episode explores the ways the Marine Corps and the joint force can leverage these emerging technologies to win in the age great power competition.


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Oct 15, 2020
Passwords with Troy Hunt
00:57:40

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk with special guest Troy Hunt, web security expert and the creator of Have I Been Pwned?. 

Troy takes a fresh look at the best practices for passwords, multi-factor authentication and the future of cybersecurity .


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Oct 03, 2020
Cloud Migration
01:04:29

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle talk about best practices for cloud migrations and explore all of the "as a"s (infrastructure as a service, platforms as a service, etc.) of the modern cloud environment.


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Sep 17, 2020
1st Civ Div
01:27:34

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Kyle and Rich talk about their personal decisions to "stay in" or "get out" of the Marine Corps and the many considerations and lessons learned for transitioning beyond the military and into the civilian Information Technology world.

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Sep 02, 2020
Secure Cloud Computing Architecture
01:08:19

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle welcome special guests Aaron and Jason to talk about Secure Cloud Computing Architectures. 

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Aug 21, 2020
Route / Switch and Security
01:02:51

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich and Kyle welcome special guest "Fish" to talk about route/switch, security and traffic analytics.

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Aug 05, 2020
Instant Reaction: July 2020 Twitter Bitcoin Hack
00:12:33

In this bonus episode of Phoenix Cast, host Kyle breaks down his instant reaction to the July 2020 Twitter bitcoin hack. What really happened? What are the cybersecurity implications for you and your networks? 


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Jul 24, 2020
Cyber Event Management and Diversity
01:02:04

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John, Rich and Kyle welcome special guest Whitney to talk about cyber event management and diversity.

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Jul 20, 2020
Digital Identity
00:58:56

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Kyle welcome special guest John G. to talk about digital identity.  A discussion on what it means and the many different ways to implement identity frameworks.

Jun 26, 2020
Zero Trust & Next Generation Security Models
00:59:30

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Rich and Kyle talk about the Zero Trust Architecture and next generation security models. A discussion on what Zero Trust is and what it means for the Marine Corps.

Jun 11, 2020
MCDP 7: A discussion on Learning and Cyberspace
01:07:53

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Rich and Kyle welcome special guest Jason to talk about the latest Marine Corps doctrinal publication: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 7 - Learning. A philosophical discussion on training, education and what it means cyberspace operations and information technology.

May 23, 2020
Software As a Service (SaaS) and the Marine Corps
01:05:25

In this episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Rich welcome special guests Kyle and Pat to talk about software as a service (SaaS), user productivity and collaboration, software development and cybersecurity. 

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May 10, 2020
Cloud Adoption and Cybersecurity
00:53:22

In this introductory episode of Phoenix Cast, hosts John and Rich welcome special guest Kyle to talk about general strategies in moving to the cloud and some of the general best practices and common pitfalls to avoid.

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Apr 17, 2020