When Investigative journalist Nicole Perlroth set out to write a novel on the underground zero-day exploit market, she didn’t expect to find a darker truth about the spread of cyber capabilities throughout the globe. This venture resulted in a non-fiction account of a complex threat landscape. Written like a thriller, “This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends,” is a best-seller that details the shadow market and cyber arms trade, and the urgent threat facing critical infrastructure in the U.S. today. Nicole has more than a decade of experience in research and reporting on cybersecurity and digital espionage with the New York Times. In this candid conversation she highlights the motivation and methodology behind foreign adversaries and shares her thoughts on the role security plays in an accelerated, interconnected future, and the growing threat — rather, ‘nightmare’ — that must be untangled.