This month, Chris Hadnagy and Ryan MacDougall are joined by Nishant Bhajaria. Nishant is an executive leader and industry-expert in the privacy and security space and currently serves as the Director of Privacy Engineering and Governance at Uber. 

He plays the critical role connecting engineering, legal, and leadership to ensure data protection for both the user and the business. Prior to Uber, Nishant spearheaded compliance and privacy engineering programs at Google, Netflix and Nike. He has a Master’s Degree in computer science from Arizona State University 

In addition to speaking extensively in this space, Nishant also teaches courses around privacy, security and career development on LinkedIn Learning. Nishant authored Data Privacy: A Runbook for Engineers – a deep dive into strategies on effectively identifying, communicating and addressing privacy risks using technical strategies. [Aug 15, 2022] 



Ep. 176 – Security Awareness Series – Bottom Up Context is better than Top Down Control with Nishant Bhajaria

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Show Notes

00:00 – Intro 

00:20 – Intro Links 

02:17 – Nishant Bhajaria Intro 

03:33 – How did your career path start? 

05:44 – Balancing security and the end-user experience 

09:29 – How to introduce security and privacy concepts into a pre-existing infrastructure 

13:50 – Balancing technological freedom with security for your family 

19:28 – Bridging divisions for the sake of privacy and security 

22:09 – Creating better industry standards 

26:28 – How to handle your platform becoming weaponized 

30:53 – The ethical issue of data use 

35:11 – The role of Social Engineering in privacy and security 

39:14 – 3 action steps that companies should start doing right now 

42:56 – Find Nishant online 

44:24 – Book Recommendations 

47:13 – Wrap Up  

47:41 – Outro