Collective Intelligence Podcast, Avi Rubin on IOT Security
The glut of billions of devices connected to the internet has brought convenience—and often vulnerability—to our doorsteps. Homes, medical devices, and automobiles talk to the cloud, are updated remotely, and expose consumers and businesses to new opportunities and feature sets.
The internet of things is also not immune to those with malicious intent. The rush to market, and the urge to leverage ubiquitous connectivity attracts threat actors who wish to exploit security weaknesses in connected devices, not necessarily to own the device, but instead to gain a foothold on a network.
In this episode of the Collective Intelligence podcast, Dr. Avi Rubin, professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University and technical director of the JHU Information Security Institute, explains the challenges associated with securing IOT devices, and the strides companies such as Harbor Labs, founded by Rubin, are making in analyzing IOT firmware for flaws.
In the meantime, the industry grapples with the question of how to secure devices already in the wild that contain publicly known vulnerabilities and may not readily be patched. The shadow of legislation also hangs over discussions about IOT security; given the potential public safety issues around connected medical devices and automobiles, lawmakers and litigators may soon take center stage in this discussion.
Rubin and Flashpoint Editorial Director Mike Mimoso discuss whether IOT is the unsolvable problem in security, how legislation may impact manufacturers and distributors of connected devices, and whether the Mirai botnet and malware is the IOT equivalent of the Morris worm.
Rubin wraps up the discussion with some insights into another area of his expertise, election security. He discusses influence operations against our elections and whether paper ballots are the safer alternative to electronic voting.
The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.
Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.