The CypherCon Podcast is a weekly hacking podcast featuring Kyle Puckhaber who interviews notable Hackers involved with the Wisconsin Hacker conference. Our guests include CypherCon Speakers, dedicated volunteers, industry experts, and distinguished security leaders to capture a broad range of topics and hacker commentary. Please Subscribe



Meet your host: Kyle Puckhaber

Kyle has a wide background from mitigating cyber-security threats, business to politics, and everything in between. He loves navigating through chaos to find customized solutions to problems. He is the CFO for the cyber-security startup Deeplight Systems. He is a philosopher at heart. As a contrarian, he questions conventional wisdom and experiments with alternative approaches to traditional problems. He enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and finding wisdom in travelers and nature. The first podcast he hosted is called Seeking Truth, which is an effort to find truth through the dialectic process.


Episode 0 – What is CypherCon? – 3/3/2019 – “The Creator of CypherCon, Michael Goetzman and I have a conversation about what CypherCon is, what it means to be a hacker, and what one can expect at CypherCon. We talk about the CypherCon villages – lock picking and safe cracking, Internet of Things, wireless hacking, virtual reality, social engineering, and hacking for rookies.”


Episode 1 – Hunter Gatherer Hacker – 3/10/2019 – “Kyle talks with Nick Werzel about creative ways to answer the question, what should I eat today? Nick has always been interested in hiking in the woods and identifying plants and now ⅓ of his diet is made up of plants he finds in nature. In our conversation, we talk about fungi, berries, roots, making wine, preservation techniques, cultivating your own wild crops, and how to survive an apocalypse in the event an APT takes down our energy and communication systems.”


Episode 2 – Radio Frequency Hacking and Math of the Universe – 3/17/2019 – “Caleb Madrigal and I discuss radio frequency hacking, monitor the transmission signal to unlock my car, Tracker Jacker which tracks Internet of Things (IoT) devices searching for wireless signals, the math of the universe, surrealism and science fiction, and the nature of God. A fascinating conversation with a fascinating human – there’s something in it for everyone.”


Episode 3 – Guiding Kidz to Use the Hacker Mindset – 3/24/2019 – Dave Schwartzberg and I have an incredible conversation about kids and how to support them in their hacking endeavors in security and technology. We talk about his project Hak4Kidz where he introduces kids to everything hacker. We talk about technology taught in the school system, his thoughts on introducing hacking to STEM to make it STEHM (the H is silent), and how innovative people from history hacked their way to make the technology we have today. So it’s really important to support initiatives like Hak4Kidz to encourage kids to hack their way into the future.


Episode 4 – Creating Koyns – 3/27/3019 – Brian Van Stedum joins me on this episode to talk about his process around creating CypherCon coins, why he was inspired to volunteer his time to make them and participate in the CypherCon community, and what drives him. You can find him @KoynArtist on Twitter.


Episode 5 – Pick Your Lock – 4/3/2019 – On this episode I am joined by Doug Rogahn, who runs the Lock picking and Safe cracking village at CypherCon. In this episode, you’ll learn all the elements of lock picking, how Doug got into this hobby, and what you can expect at the Lock picking and Safe cracking Village at CypherCon.


Episode 6 – Cypher Village – 4/10/2019 – In this episode, we welcome Dave Schwartzberg back to the podcast to talk about Cipher Village. If you are listening to this prior to CypherCon 2019, listen carefully as there are hints that will help you out for the Con. We talk everything Cipher Village and learn about the process to make the CypherCon inspired game, Phreaker Life.


Episode 7 – Seeking Truth – 4/17/2019 – Richard Thieme joins me for an incredible conversation about the unquenchable thirst for truth. We talk about research topics that are taboo, the spy state, and the importance of the hacker community to support one another as we create a better world.


Episode 8 – Biohacking with CRISPR and tDCS – 4/24/2019 – Michelle Meas has a love and mastery of biology. In this episode we explore vulnerabilities in the human body, get a basic understanding on how DNA works, get into gene editing with CRISPR, and talk about how to learn faster using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).


Episode 9 – Small Cell and Cybersecurity in Wisconsin – 5/1/2019 – On this episode Russ From and I discuss small cell technology, the cybersecurity scene in the Midwest, and how to navigate your way through a fruitful InfoSec career.


Episode 10 – Hacking Cars, Hospitals and IoT Village – 5/8/2019 – On this episode Ted Harrington, partner of Independent Security Evaluators joins me to talk some exciting security research. We talk about what they’ve found in cars, hospitals, printers, password managers and more. ISE started the IoT Village movement at Cons across the world where the hacker community helps find and report vulnerabilities to make sure that companies can patch them before a hacker exploits them.


Episode 11 – Exploring Art, Gender and Community – 5/15/2019 – In this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Mar Williams. Mar is an artist and hacker whose interest is in the artistic applications of emerging and open source technology. You have probably seen some of their art featured at CypherCon.


Episode 12 – Augmented Reality Podcasting with Johnny Xmas – 5/23/2019 – In this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Mar Williams. Mar is an artist and hacker whose interest is in the artistic applications of emerging and open source technology. You have probably seen some of their art featured at CypherCon.


Episode 13 – Everything Crypto – 5/30/2019 – Matt Werner joins me in a conversation about cryptocurrency. Matt recently worked as an Engineering Manager at Coinbase and shares a wealth of knowledge on cryptocurrency. We talk about different coins, how to vet a coin to find out if it’s good, and interesting applications of ERC20. Matt shares what it was like to be riding the bull run of 2017 in the industry, how bitcoin miners are incentivized to find better sources of energy, and how cryptocurrency can insulate people from the volatility of their national currency.


Episode 14 – True Stories of an AV Entrepreneur – 6/5/2019 – I am joined by all around technical A/V guru and entrepreneur Sean Schult. We talk about how he sold his first program when he was 12 years old, how he started doing A/V in high school as a DJ and doing sound production for plays, and today he has a full blown production company. We talk about the intersection of sound, ham radio, and the hacker community.


Episode 15 – Knife Fighting and Industrial Cyber Security – 6/11/2019 – On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Lesley Carhart. We talk about hacking for pancakes, knife fighting martial arts, industrial cybersecurity, apartment complexes sharing your data without permission, and some really great resume and job hunting tips.


Episode 16 – Cybersecurity Strategies and Approaches – 6/19/2019 – I join Chris Merkel at Northwestern Mutual’s Cream City Labs for this podcast. Chris is a Senior Director of Cybersecurity Operations at Northwestern Mutual. We talk about fostering a work environment that allows the team to do great security work, overcoming challenges in the shift to cloud services, security challenges within different sectors, strategies for recruiting top talent, different approaches companies take toward security, and more.


Episode 17 – Capture The Purple Team – 7/3/2019 – On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by Trenton Ivey, Co-founder of CypherCon. He’s led and designed the capture-the-con events at CypherCon and really put a lot of emphasis on interactivity into the capture-the-con competition.


Episode 18 – Meditation Moss – 7/24/2019 – Kat Traxler joins me on the podcast to talk about encryption, secrets management, security impact of application layers, and growing things.