Internet of Awesome Things

Ep. 6: Staying Safe

August 30, 2019 Russell Brown Season 1 Episode 6
Internet of Awesome Things
Ep. 6: Staying Safe
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Internet of Awesome Things
Ep. 6: Staying Safe
Aug 30, 2019 Season 1 Episode 6
Russell Brown

How secure is the typical internet-connected device? Independent security consultant Erica Anderson and Spark Head of Security Josh Bahlman drop in for a chat about IoT privacy and security.

From hacked nanny-cams to botnet attacks, we’ve already had a few scares. And there will be more. Yes, IoT is as much of a wild west as every other tech advancement before it.

According to both Erica and Josh, many IoT device manufacturers are working as quickly and cheaply as possible. But, Erica says, they aren’t considering the outcomes of their tech going rogue. Josh adds that many device vendors don’t fully understand the built-in vulnerabilities. And even if they do, it seems that some don’t care.

Erica also tells of how she recently decided against buying an IoT-enabled heat pump because of potential security vulnerabilities. She suggests that anyone buying an internet-connected device should google the vendor’s name along with "security" and see what it turns up.

How do we prepare for privacy and security as 20 billion things light up around us? Erica and Josh are convinced that we'll need national and international regulation to force the implementation of robust security features.

Show Notes Transcript

How secure is the typical internet-connected device? Independent security consultant Erica Anderson and Spark Head of Security Josh Bahlman drop in for a chat about IoT privacy and security.

From hacked nanny-cams to botnet attacks, we’ve already had a few scares. And there will be more. Yes, IoT is as much of a wild west as every other tech advancement before it.

According to both Erica and Josh, many IoT device manufacturers are working as quickly and cheaply as possible. But, Erica says, they aren’t considering the outcomes of their tech going rogue. Josh adds that many device vendors don’t fully understand the built-in vulnerabilities. And even if they do, it seems that some don’t care.

Erica also tells of how she recently decided against buying an IoT-enabled heat pump because of potential security vulnerabilities. She suggests that anyone buying an internet-connected device should google the vendor’s name along with "security" and see what it turns up.

How do we prepare for privacy and security as 20 billion things light up around us? Erica and Josh are convinced that we'll need national and international regulation to force the implementation of robust security features.