Forensic Focus Podcast Ep. 84 Recap: Cyber Scandals And When (Not) To Trust Computers

Si and Desi explore issues of transparency and potential misrepresentation within the cybersecurity industry. They consider the ethical implications of companies re-selling open-source tools as part of a managed service, as well as the questionable ways data and statistics are interpreted in marketing and advertising.

The duo also examine the risks of relying too heavily on computer systems and algorithms for crucial decisions, using the UK’s Post Office scandal and Australia’s Centrelink repayment debacle as case studies. Their discussion underscores the vital need for human oversight and critical thinking, emphasizing how computer-generated decisions can significantly affect people’s lives.

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00:00 – The state of the digital forensics industry

02:30 – Desi’s talk at BSides Brisbane

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05:30 – Sweaty Cyber Advice and Strongman

09:40 – Companies integrating open source software

23:00 – Advertising, statistics and logical fallacies

28:00 – The Post Office scandal and computer accountability

49:00 – Security, compliance and regulations

56:00 – Closing thoughts

Show Notes

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Oxfordshire’s Strongman & Strongwoman – https:\\

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British Post Office Scandal –

The Guardian, Robodebt Scandal –

Tyler Vigen, Spurious Correlations –

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