"For twenty years we've been conditioned to focus on firewalls, anti-virus, anti-malware and other systems designed to secure networks from outsiders," he said. "But in the past few years we've let an unprecedented number of Internet-connected things into our homes and businesses without a moment's thought as to whether they pose a security risk."
Adams points to smartphones, watches, electronic keys, thermostats, robot vacuums, home automation, cameras, office heating and ventilation, and a plethora of other networked objects that can be co-opted by clever hackers to do things other than what they were originally developed to do.
"These are all basically computers with an operating system, and none of the security controls we would normally include in a traditional system," he said. "Combine that with the fact that they have more or less unfettered access to your WiFi network and/or your smartphone and you've got plenty of opportunity for trouble."
With this in mind, Adams and cybersecurity association, Cyber United, are bringing together a panel of security specialists during annual Black Hat security confab for a "Securing the Internet of Things Masters" event. The event will be held on
The SIOT Masters will address a broad swatch of industries -- healthcare, auto, energy, consumer goods, and more - and how the growing number of seemingly harmless, but potentially vulnerable, Internet-connected devices might be exploited for malicious purposes or financial gain.
Other confirmed speakers for the event include Daniel Obodovski, Author, "The Silent Intelligence, the Internet of Things";
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