Human Factor Security

A podcast about the human element in social engineering, security, infosec, business and beyond. Jenny Radcliffe talks to experts from a wide variety of disciplines which go to make up the skill set she uses.
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Mar 31, 2017

Bennett Arron, apart from being a comedian and author, is an Award Winning Writer, Actor, Identity Theft Speaker, BAFTA Shortlisted Director and Finalist of the European Disco Dancing Championship.

Bennett discusses his documentary and book about identity theft. We get to hear about the scary and fascinating events that he went through and experienced. 

Manchester by the Sea (DVD)

Nocturnal Animals (DVD)

Bennett's Documentary - How to Steal an Identity

Bennett's Identity Theft Book - Heard the One about Identity Theft?

Bennett's Self-Published Book - The Girl from the Discotheque

Bennett's site - Bennett Arron

Bennett on Twitter - @BennettArron

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe


Mar 24, 2017

Arron "finux" Finnon has been involved in security research and consultation for over 12 years.  Arron has discussed a wide range of security related topics at a number of high profiled international Security/Hacking conferences, as well as producing over 100 security related podcasts. Interviewing countless security professionals as part of the Finux Tech Weekly podcast show.  His security research and consultation have helped businesses around the globe better develop the effectiveness of their security posture in detecting and mitigating cyber attacks.

During Arron’s time at The University of Abertay Dundee he was awarded the SICSA Student Open Source Award for his Advocacy of Free and Open Source software for his work whilst president of The UAD Linux Society.  A subject matter he is still very passionate about even today.

Arron currently is the Chief Technical Officer for Krohn and Partners where he oversees the technical and security requirements of the business, as well as offering security consultation and services to Krohn and Partners clients. 

A Cuckoo's Egg (Cliff Stoll) 

Boiler Room (DVD)

Finux on Twitter - @f1nux

Finux website - Finux Tech Weekly

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Mar 17, 2017

Jordan Wylie is the Founder and Principal Consultant at JWC International Ltd. Over the last 15 years he has accumulated a wealth of experience in the security and global marine sector from the operational to the strategic level, in the fields of maritime security, safety and risk management.

Having initially spent 10 years in the British Armed Forces as a Non Commissioned Officer, which included service on operations in Northern Ireland and Iraq, as an intelligence and reconnaissance specialist. Jordan has since successfully positioned himself as a recognised subject matter expert in the highly complex fields of Maritime Counter Piracy and Maritime Counter Terrorism.  

Jordan continues to provide advice, guidance and bespoke marine solutions to governments, many of the worlds leading shipping companies and the offshore Oil & Gas industry, as a security, risk and training advisor. With a proven track record of professional delivery across the public and private sectors, Jordan is a highly regarded maritime professional and is also a regular guest speaker on current maritime security affairs.  

In addition to holding a BA (Hons) in Marine Risk Management and a Master of Arts (MA) in Maritime Security Operations, Jordan is also an approved instructor and assessor with the United Kingdom Department for Transport (DfT), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and an International Standards Verifier (ISV) for Pearson Edexcel, the worlds leading education awarding body for certification and qualifications.

Jordan currently holds a full time Managing Director position at Sovereign Global UK, a world leader in maritime capacity building programmes for developing sovereign states in Africa and also fulfills a part time Non-Executive Director (Training Advisory) role for the Marine CSO’s (Company Security Officers) Alliance, a global risk management secure platform for shipping company security risk managers to exchange information, intelligence and new ideas in the fight against organised crime at sea. Jordan was appointed as the President of the security industry leading networking group, the Security and Risk Management Alumni in January 2016.

Be Cyber Aware at Sea site - Be Cyber Aware at Sea

Posters from the Campaign - Awareness

Jordan on Twitter - @mrjordanwylie

Cyber Aware at Sea hashtag - #becyberawareatsea

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe 

Mar 10, 2017

Colin Williams is the Business Development Director at SBL.

As both a businessman and as an academic, Professor Williams is a leading figure in the international cyber security community with twenty years of experience in enterprise IT, Information Assurance and cyber security. As a director of SBL, he develops and leads the business development strategy of a wholly UK owned and controlled market leading provider of vendor-independent cyber security solutions to central government, blue light services and the wider public sector.

Professor Williams was a member of the founding cohort of CLAS consultants. He has been involved in initiating and delivering some of the largest software volume licence public sector procurement projects in the world.

As an academic, he is developing a body of work around the human, intellectual,
cultural, societal and historical context of computing which he is delivering across a series of lectures, seminars and papers. He is an honorary fellow at the University of Warwick and a visiting professor at De Montfort University.

Professor Williams consults and speaks on cyber, cyber security and strategic enterprise IT procurement in the UK and internationally. He is editor in chief of “CyberTalk” and new journal for the promotion and development of fresh and interdisciplinary thinking about cyber and the human relationships with computers.

Listen to us discuss this work and explore intellectual, and philosophical side of the computer and machine discussion and how it pertains to cyber security as well as the wider world. 

Dark Star (DVD)

Blade Runner (DVD)

 Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Mar 3, 2017

Javvad Malik is a Security Advocate at AlienVault, a blogger event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security that speaks to both technical and non-technical audiences alike.

Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a Senior Analyst at 451’s Enterprise Security Practice (ESP), providing in-depth, timely perspective on the state of enterprise security and emerging trends in addition to competitive research, new product and go-to-market positioning, investment due diligence and M&A strategy to technology vendors, private equity firms, venture capitalists and end users.

Prior to joining 451 Research, he was an independent security consultant, with a career spanning 12+ years working for some of the largest companies across the financial and energy sectors.

As well as being an author and co-author of several books, Javvad was a founder of the Security B-Sides London conference, as well as being the co-founder of Host Unknown with Thom Langford and Andrew Agnés.

One plus One equals Three (Dave Trott)

So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Jon Ronson)

Thank You for Smoking (DVD)

Javvad on Twitter - @J4vv4D

Javvad's Website -

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe


Feb 24, 2017


Duncan Drummond is an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner who is also one of only a handful of UK qualified trainers in 'Evaluating Truthfulness and Assessing Credibility' for Professionals and Emotional Skills and Competencies.

In this discussion listen to us discuss change management within organisations and how that pertains to trying to improve a security culture with a company.

Turn the Ship Around - David Marquet Youtube as a cartoon summary - Inn-oversity presents..."Greatness" by David Marque

Start with Why (Simon Sinek)

Zero Degrees of Empathy (Simon Baron-Cohen)

A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics (David Levitin)

To contact Duncan - email contact

Duncan on Twitter - @duncankdrummond




Feb 17, 2017

Shan Lee is the Information Security Officer at TransferWise where he is passionate about promoting a “Security Culture” in what is a fast-moving and rapidly expanding, multinational environment.

He has previously worked for a variety of organisations ranging from e-commerce to resellers to traditional financial institutions and in his spare time is an insufferable Land Rover fanatic.

Wargames (DVD)

Mr. Robot (DVD)

Mr. Robot (Amazon Prime Video)

Daemon (Daniel Suarez)

Offensive Countermeasures (John Strand and Paul Asadoorian)

Shan Lee on Twitter - @secwaza 

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe


Feb 10, 2017

Peter’s career spans 47 years, with experience in network security, social engineering, threat and risk analysis, red teaming, industrial control systems and electronics. He founded First Base Technologies, one of the UK’s first information security consultancies in 1989. Peter has provided security advice and guidance for businesses of all sizes for more than 26 years, leading a team of expert penetration testers and consultants

He founded First Base Technologies, one of the UK’s first information security consultancies in 1989. Peter has provided security advice and guidance for businesses of all sizes for more than 26 years, leading a team of expert penetration testers and consultants unrivaled in the industry.

He is also a world-renowned security evangelist, speaking at major conferences and delivering seminars and webinars. He has appeared in documentaries for BBC television, provided commentary on security issues for TV and radio, and written many articles on a variety of security topics.

Peter chairs the not-for-profit White Hats Group and leads regular technical and management seminars. He is a BCS Fellow, a Chartered IT Professional, CISSP and a member of IISP, ISACA, ISSA, IEEE, ACM and Mensa.

Peter's company website - First Base Technologies

White Hats Group - White Hats Group

Feb 3, 2017

Joe Gray joined the U.S. Navy directly out of High School and served for 7 years as a Submarine Navigation Electronics Technician. Joe is an Enterprise Security Consultant at Sword and Shield Enterprise Security in Knoxville, TN. Joe also maintains his own blog and podcast called Advanced Persistent Security. He is also in the SANS Instructor Development pipeline, teaching SANS Security 504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling. In his spare time, Joe enjoys reading news relevant to information security, attending information security conferences, contributing blogs to various outlets, bass fishing, and flying his drone.

Software Security: Building Security In (Gary R. McGraw)

Data and Goliath (Bruce Schneier)

Star Wars (DVD)

Mr Robot Season 1 (Amazon Prime TV)

Mr Robot Season 1 (DVD)

Joe on Twitter - @C_3PJoe

Joe's website - Advanced Persistent Security

Joe's website on Twitter - @advpersistentsec

Advanced Persistent Security podcast - Advanced Persistent Security 

Jan 27, 2017

Andrew Agnes is an experienced security consultant with 10+ years owning high-transactional e-Commerce and Fraud prevention environments.


An advocate of Cyber Essentials,  he has a technology background and extensive IT governance skills, experienced in Information Security Management, Business Continuity, Audit and Risk Management, Incident Response and Management of Corporate Infrastructure.


He tweets the @AGRC Ltd newsfeed which covers news and comment about InfoSec, IT Security, Data Protection & Privacy stories from the UK & beyond.  


Invisible Gorilla (Christopher Chabris)

Sneakers (DVD)

Empire Records (DVD)

Andrew on Twitter - @sirjester

Andrew as @sirjester is the sole founder of which produces videos, blogs and films on security topics.  

 ( is much loved and very funny and highly recommended by all of us here at The Deception Chronicles!)

Jan 20, 2017

In this episode, I get to interrogate the interrogator, as I talk about how to get the truth out of people with Private Investigator Jeremy Kesby.
With a career spanning over 13 years in surveillance, deception detection, and advanced interview techniques THIS is the interview that you need to hear if you are interested in how people lie, how they try to cover lies up and how to bust them!
Detecting Lies and Deceit (Aldert Vrij)
Spy the Lie (Phillip Houston)
Jeremy on LinkedIn - Jeremy Kesby
Jeremy's website - Kesby Investigations Group
Jan 13, 2017

Craig Clark is the Information Security & Compliance Manager at University of East London. Not only that but Craig is an Independent EU-GDPR Certified Consultant.

An ISO17024 accredited expert on the current Data Protection Act and the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulations, Craig has significant expertise in embedding data protection and security frameworks such as BS10012:2016 and ISO27001 in order to meet stringent data privacy obligations.

Craig's Hacking the Helpdesk Slides

Facebook privacy check - Takethislollipop

Craig on Twitter - @cogitateclark

Craig on LinkedIn - Craig Clark

Jan 5, 2017

Mark is an expert in interpersonal communication including non-verbal and verbal clues to Credibility and Deception. He has a natural ability to spot cues to lies and indicate appropriate questioning techniques to get to the truth backed up by scientific and established practices. This is through the analysis of Facial Expressions, Body-Language and the spoken word. He is a qualified FACS coder, which further increases his ability to spot the subtle changes in the human face relating to emotion including subtle and micro-expressions.

Mark is also a Director at Ipsos Custodiet, a company that supports business and individuals in communication, emotional intelligence, emotional awareness, and deception. 

Hannibal (DVD)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (DVD)

Mark on Twitter - @Ipsos_Custodiet

Mark on LinkedIn - Mark Ellis

Dec 23, 2016

Quentyn Taylor is Director of Information Security for Canon Europe. He has a wealth of experience in both the IT and information security arenas and, in recent years, has focused his attention on building business relationships across the world.

Quentyn has driven Canon’s strategy to highlight the importance of document security and help business customers to minimise their security risk. Quentyn strongly believes in educating users about the importance of a comprehensive, overall security framework that will allow Canon’s business customers to improve security in a cost-effective way.

During his career, Quentyn has worked in a variety of industries for a number of organisations including outsourced service providers, Internet service providers as well as Dotcom businesses, before moving to Canon in 2000.

Secrets and Lies (Bruce Schneier)

Security Engineering (Ross Anderson)

Broker Trader Lawyer Spie (Eamon Javers)

Ladies Who Do (DVD)

Quentyn on Twitter - @quentynblog

Quentyn on LinkedIn - Quentyn Taylor


Dec 21, 2016


Rowenna is a self-confessed privacy nerd and Information Governance Geek who began her career in information security, before broadening her
horizons to take in the other 7 data protection principles as well.

Having tunneled through the retail, industry and education industries then IT services for Central Government, Rowenna has now emerged into
the sunlight of the voluntary sector and is on a mission to eradicate the word “boring” from the world of data protection, through the use of charm, pirate analogies and generous distribution of biscuits.

Rule 34 (Charles Stross)

Rowenna on Twitter - @MissIG_Geek

Rowenna on LinkedIn - Rowenna Fielding

Rowenna's Site - MissInfoGeek

Dec 16, 2016


Richard De Vere is the Principal Consultant for The AntiSocial Engineer Ltd, he has an extensive background in penetration testing and social engineering assessments, including ‘red team’ exercises and information gathering assessments for financial institutions and some of the UK’s largest companies.

Social Engineering: Penetration Testing (Gavin Watson, Andrew Mason & Richard Ackroyd)

Richard's Site - The AntiSocial Engineer Ltd

Richard on Twitter - @antisocial_eng


Dec 12, 2016
In 1985, Robert and the late Steve Gold were arrested by the newly-formed Scotland Yard Computer Crime Unit.  This led to the world's first jury trial in connection with computer hacking.  Their ultimate acquittal led to the introduction of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
Robert worked as a writer and editor on a number of well-known computer magazines for 25 years and then spent 14 years involved in IT projects at the University of Brighton.  In 2014 he founded SecuritySmart, which provides IT security awareness training to UK companies. 
Defeating the Hacker (Robert Schifreen)
Robert's site - SecuritySmart if you sign up to the offering and mention this show Robert will give you a discount.
Robert on Twitter - @rschifreen
Robert on LinkedIn - Robert Schifreen
Dec 9, 2016


Ross Mackenzie is a performance coach, hypnotherapist, sales trainer and consultant.

He spent 35 years in the high-pressure world of international corporate sales delivering contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars and running a billion dollar sales business.

His clients include professional sportsmen and women, business leaders, lawyers, psychologists, dentists, doctors and salespeople.

He shows people how to discover the thinking that lets them thrive and perform at their best no matter what the circumstances – and have fun doing it.

Ross’s work has been covered in the national press and by Sky Sports.


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (DVD)

Avatar (DVD)

The Simpsons Movie (DVD)

Somebody Should Have Told Us (Jack Pransky)

Prometheus Rising (Robert Anton Wilson)

Ross's website -

Ross on Twitter - @RossInsideOut

Ross's Golf Video - Golf InsideOut



Dec 1, 2016

In this episode, I'm delighted to talk Tim Gallo and Allan Liska.

Tim is a cyber security specialist engineer at Symantec. Tim has been working in IT security since 1999, but he’s also been a bouncer, a bartender, and a physicist. He loves finding new ways to do things, in particular by breaking them. Tim has been spending time lately tearing apart pumps, golf carts, and other items to rebuild them into something better, faster, and stronger.

Allan is an intelligence architect at Recorded Future. Allan has more than 15 years’ experience in the world of security and has worked as both a security practitioner and an ethical hacker. Through his work at Symantec, iSIGHT Partners, FireEye, and Recorded Future, Allan has helped countless organizations improve their security posture using more effective intelligence. He is the author of The Practice of Network SecurityBuilding an Intelligence-Led Security Program, and Securing NTP: A Quickstart Guide and the co-author of DNS Security: Defending the Domain Name System and Ransomware: Defending Against Digital Extortion.

Their excellent book Ransomware: Defending Against Digital Extortion

Tim on LinkedIn - Tim Gallo

Tim on Twitter - @TimJGallo

Allan on LinkedIn - Allan Liska

Allan on Twitter - @uuallan


Nov 30, 2016

Mark Smith

In this episode, I am delighted to chat to Mark Smith.


Mark is a freelance journalist, who has written for major publications in both print and online, including The Guardian, BBC, Mirror Online, Daily Express Online as well as specialist publications such as Global Trade Review and Global Politics. 


Man in the High Castle (Philip K Dick)

Sicario (DVD)

Mark on LinkedIn - Mark Smith

Mark on Twitter - @MarkSmithWriter



Nov 23, 2016


In this episode, I am delighted to talk to Stuart Coulson.


Stuart has been involved in the information security industry for many years and has extensive experience and expertise of working with major corporations and assisting them with relevant online protection plans and security solutions.

His current role at the Challenge sees him working with organisations to complement their existing strategies to fill the cyber skills gap.

Stuart's 2016 Conference Survival Guide

Javvad Malik and Thom Langford Presentation Skills Video

Catwatching (Desmond Morris)

At Large (David Freedman and Charles Mann)

Masters of Deception (Michele Slatalla)

Sneakers (DVD)

Hackers (DVD)

Stuart's website -

Stuart on Twitter - @SPCoulson

Nov 18, 2016

In this episode, I am delighted to chat to Dr. Daniel Dresner. 

Daniel's LinkedIn profile tells us he is a consulting research analyst and lecturer. His mission is to find the threads that bind information together and mend them when they break.  He contributed material to the Cyber Essentials and worked with a colleague to define the only real benchmark of cyber security. Being a proud father and grandfather motivated him to define 'The Green Surf Code'.

Daniel on LinkedIn - Dr Daniel Dresner

Daniel on Twitter - Dr Daniel Dresner


Nov 14, 2016

In this episode, I am delighted to be chatting to Sarah Clarke.  

Sarah is a well known privacy and security blogger armed with over 15 years practical experience. After a business degree she tried out a few roles before finding IT. Since then she has worked across many sectors in IT Security, Information Security, Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, & Compliance and more recently Data Protection and Privacy.
She now works as a Privacy Architect For Privasee Ltd (the UK arm of Privasee AB, Sweden). Developer and supplier of practical GDPR and Data Protection compliance solutions. 

Through her blog and speaking engagements she's become known as a pragmatic, straightforward, and entertaining commentator on a wide range of security and privacy topics. Her self-proclaimed aim is to make security and privacy make business sense. In particular getting past the 'what' to the 'how' so concrete steps can be made to improve the quality of data life for everyone.


Sarah on Twitter - @TrialByTruth

Sarah's Infospective website - 

Privasee website -


Nov 3, 2016


On this episode I am delighted to be joined by Tracy Maleeff, she is the owner of an independent research business, Sherpa Intelligence LLC. She was most recently the Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. She earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and has undergraduate degrees from both Temple University (magna cum laude) and the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association, received the Dow Jones Innovate Award and the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Innovations in Law Librarianship Award.  Through her new role with Sherpa Intelligence, Tracy provides research and social media consulting, with a focus on tech and information security. She contributes to the security portal Peerlyst and is active with the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu.

To follow and learn more about Tracy's work see the links below.

Tracy's Site - 

Tracy on Twitter - @Infosecsherpa

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe


Nov 3, 2016

Graham Cluley

In this episode, I am delighted to be joined by Graham Cluley. Graham Cluley is a security blogger, researcher, and public speaker. He has been a well-known figure in the computer security industry since
the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows.

To follow and learn more about Graham's work see the links below.

Graham's Blog -

Graham on Twitter - @gcluley

Don't forget, to get in touch with me either try the contact page of the site or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

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