Top 8 Cybersecurity Podcasts of 2021

Cybersecurity podcasts are an easy way to immerse yourself in the world of SecOps. Depending on your interests, you can catch up on the latest news and hear analysis from experts in the field, or you can take a deep-dive into a major cybersecurity story or concept. The best part? You can listen while doing tasks that require little concentration such as washing dishes or folding laundry.

Top cybersecurity podcasts

The list below includes a number of great options if you’re looking to dip your toes in the waters of cybersecurity podcasts. They each have a minimum of 4.5 stars and 100 ratings on Apple Podcasts, and they’re available on most streaming platforms including Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. Each podcast also has a consistent release schedule, so you won’t be left wondering when the next episode will air.

Darknet Diaries logo.Darknet Diaries

5 stars, 3.9k ratings

@DarknetDiaries on Twitter

If you’ve listened to investigative reporting podcasts like Serial or Reply All and wanted something that was specific to cybersecurity, Darknet Diaries is the perfect podcast for you. Since 2017, host Jack Rhysider has investigated some of the most noteworthy stories related to the darkside of the internet, specifically hacking, data breaches, and cybercrime. His style of storytelling is captivating and easy to follow for technical and non-technical listeners alike.

New episodes of Darknet Diaries air bi-weekly on Tuesdays and are usually about 60 minutes long.

CyberWire Daily Logo.CyberWire Daily Podcast

5 stars, 786 ratings

@TheCyberWire on Twitter

The CyberWire is a cybersecurity-focused news service and the CyberWire Daily Podcast delivers a rundown of the top cyber news each day of the week. In this podcast, Dave Bittner summarizes the latest stories you need to know with clear and concise reporting. He also provides some analysis through interviews with the leading industry experts. It requires some baseline industry knowledge, but it’s a great way to stay on top of InfoSec current events.

New episodes of CyberWire Daily Podcast air each weekday morning and are usually less than 30 minutes long.

Malicious Life logo.Malicious Life

5 stars, 670 ratings

@MaliciousLife on Twitter

For history buffs, Malicious Life by Cybereason chronicles some of the most influential untold cybersecurity stories around the world. Host Ran Levi takes listeners on a journey through the history of cybersecurity through the lens of real hackers, security experts, journalists, and politicians. Through interviews and research, Ran connects the dots between the early days of cybercrime and today’s stories of data hacks and breaches.

New episodes of Malicious Life air weekly on Mondays and are usually 30-40 minutes long.

Privacy, Security, and OSINT logo.The Privacy, Security, & OSINT Show

5 Stars, 558 ratings

@IntelTechniques on Twitter

If privacy, security, and open source intelligence topics are at the top of your mind, you won’t want to miss what Michael Bazzell has to say on his podcast, appropriately named The Privacy, Security, & OSINT Show. Not only does he provide a roundup of the most relevant news items, but he also looks at seemingly unrelated headlines and explains how they can be interpreted from a privacy, security, or OSINT perspective. His recommendations for personal privacy and security might make your paranoid, and Bazzell would likely argue that’s entirely the point.

New episodes of The Privacy, Security, & OSINT Show air weekly on Fridays and are usually about 60 minutes long.

Risky Business logo.Risky Business

4.5 stars, 293 ratings

@RiskyBusiness on Twitter

Risky Business is one of the longest-running podcasts in the cybersecurity industry. Since 2007 (before podcasting in general had really taken off), Patrick Gray and his co-host Adam Boileau have covered a wide range of InfoSec topics with insight from fellow industry leaders. You’ll get in-depth analysis each week of the latest stories and how they impact security trends on a global scale.

New episodes of Risky Business air weekly on Wednesdays and are usually about 60 minutes long.

Hacking Humans logo.Hacking Humans

4.5 stars, 212 ratings

@HackingHumansCW on Twitter

If you’re particularly interested in the connection between cybersecurity and human psychology, you may like Hacking Humans. Dave Bittner, who also hosts a number of other CyberWire podcasts, and Joe Carrigan discuss the world of social engineering, phishing attempts, insider threats, and similar criminal exploits. They talk about new scams as well as the measures companies and individuals can take to avoid them.

New episodes of Hacking Humans air weekly on Thursdays and are usually 30-40 minutes long.

Smashing Security logo.Smashing Security

4.5 stars, 191 ratings

@SmashinSecurity on Twitter

Cybersecurity topics are usually no laughing matter, but on Smashing Security, co-hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault bring a sense of levity to the conversation. Each week, these two computer security experts and a variety of guests talk through some of the top headlines surrounding cybercrime, hacking, and online privacy. Their humorous, laid-back tone creates an approachable atmosphere for learning about the latest cybersecurity news.

New episodes of Smashing Security air weekly on Wednesdays and are usually 45-60 minutes long.

Unsupervised Learning logo.Unsupervised Learning

4.5 stars, 106 ratings

@DanielMiessler on Twitter

On Unsupervised Learning, host Daniel Miessler condenses 5-20 hours of research into a concise summary of the most interesting things happening in the news related to cybersecurity, technology, and society at large. He pairs this news with commentary and analysis of how current affairs might affect future events. This podcast is extremely succinct, so some listeners may find it a bit dry. However, Miessler covers such a wide scope of topics and connects them so masterfully that it’s no wonder he’s accumulated a massive following.

New episodes of Unsupervised Learning air weekly on Mondays and are usually 30 minutes or less.

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Kaiti Norton is a Nashville-based Content Writer for eSecurity Planet, Webopedia, and Small Business Computing. She is passionate about helping brands build genuine connections with their customers through relatable, research-based content.

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