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Podcast: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood on Plaintext Ep. 3

Welcome to episode 3 of the Plaintext Podcast!

You read that right, folks. Today I'm not speaking with a CISO. Instead, I'll be chatting with award-winning author, poet, inventor and activist Margaret Atwood (known for The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Testaments and more than a dozen other novels). I first met Margaret 10 years ago while she was doing research for what became her book MaddAddam. (To hear more about that, you'll have to listen.)

In this episode, Margaret and I discuss storytelling, and specifically how the storyteller can impact the security conversation and how to get messages heard by a wider audience. 

We also dig into how dystopia can have a firm hold in security, as we are on the leading edge of the fight to root out attacks and democratize security.

From there, we chat about Margaret's invention, the LongPen, which is now part of the company Syngrafii. And we close out the discussion by highlighting some of the many charitable causes she is championing.

I hope this interview is as fun to listen to as it was to participate in.


And in case you missed them, check out episode 1 of the Plaintext Podcast featuring Thom Langford and episode 2 featuring Mike Rothman.