When White Hats Go Grey

The way it’s supposed to work, white hat security researchers find vulnerabilities and report them to the offending company giving that company time to provide a patch before the vulnerabilities are published. It is what “good guys” do.Cybersecurity company Medsec took a different path. After discovering vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers and defibrillators, they approached... Read more

Innovation Convergence: The Future is Now

I love hearing from tech leaders who live and work on the bleeding edge. Topics that the rest of us consider futuristic are addressed by tech pioneers in the context of here and now – just as necessary and commonplace as prioritizing your to-do list or choosing a restaurant for tonight’s dinner. At a technology law conference in Austin last week, leaders from companies like Tesla, Rackspace, and... Read more

Cybersecurity Road Trip

During the last two weeks, I had the privilege to speak on cybersecurity at two industry conferences, the ARC World Industry Forum and the SANS 11th Annual ICS Security Summit. While these represent two different audiences, the sessions and conversations were strikingly similar and I think reflective of how industry is viewing ICS cybersecurity. Here are some of the consistent themes:You must know what you have. Users and... Read more

Aliens and Cybersecurity?

In 1964, Nickolai Kardashev proposed a classification system – the Kardashev Scale – for identifying how advanced a civilization is based on its ability to harness and use power. In this system, a Type I civilization has the ability to harness the sun’s energy that reaches Earth, a Type II has the ability to harness the entire power of the sun, and a Type III can harness the power of the galaxy. Other... Read more

Barbie Versus the Dam Hack

I was shopping on Amazon recently looking for a gift for my daughter. The choices are endless, and it seems everything has an electronic or connected element to it now. While researching dolls, I came across a news item that Barbie can now carry on a conversation with your child. The toy utilizes cloud-based speech recognition technology primarily to accomplish this feat.  All conversations are stored so that... Read more

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