Wednesday, August 5, 7:00am - 8:00am
The Internet of Things:
How your toaster may be a threat
in future cyber warfare
Chief Information Security Officer
Director of Information Security
University of Texas at Arlington
It's becoming all too common; another security breach where hackers have stolen data on millions of individuals. Malicious Internet robots (or bots) are surreptitiously installed on unsuspecting individuals' computers and are often used to assist in criminal activity. The ubiquity of the Internet, combined with humanity's insatiable desire for convenience, has created a market for connected devices that go beyond personal computers. The Internet of Things is a term coined to describe devices or sensors that connect the physical world to the Internet. While it may be preposterous to think of an Internet-connected toaster, other appliances such as refrigerators, thermostats, security systems and home automation systems are a reality - each now considered a connected computer and each potentially susceptible to command and control by criminals.
In this presentation, Mr. Edamala explores the prevalence of malicious software and connects them with the risks associated with the Internet of Things, and then describes potential attack vectors and suggests mitigation strategies.
Robert Edamala holds a B.A. in accounting and business administration from Gordon College and an M.S. in management information systems from Temple University's Fox School of Business and Administration. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology; while an undergraduate in the early 90's, Edamala set up the first web sites for Gordon College and for electron microscope manufacturer JEOL, USA. Prior to joining UT Arlington, he held IT and privacy leadership positions at Temple University's Computer Services. Edamala is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a member of the FBI's InfraGard program.
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