STARWEST 2019 Concurrent Session : Connected Cybersecurity: Stories from the IoT Hall of Shame


Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Connected Cybersecurity: Stories from the IoT Hall of Shame

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The amount of IoT software in everyday things is growing at an alarming rate. Some cars now have over 100 million lines of code. Software exists in everything from our home security systems and thermostats, our televisions and phones, our children’s toys, and our cars to the systems we rely on every day but don’t think about, like our water supply, electricity, and power plants. Unfortunately, the amount of security testing being done on these devices is not growing at the same rate, as evidenced in the so-called IoT Hall of Shame, which keeps a running account of IoT vulnerabilities and hacks. Too often, such devices are thought of as inconsequential and security isn’t prioritized, even though a very small thing, such as a light bulb or fish-tank thermometer, can bring great negative consequences. Join Arthur Hicken to hear five interesting stories from the IoT Hall of Shame, in which vulnerability was exploited in a small, internet-enabled “thing.” Then, learn how coding standards can help play a key role in the hardening of our devices against cyber intrusion.


Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for over twenty years. He has worked on various projects involving the software development lifecycle, software security, complex web applications, and integration with legacy systems. Arthur has helped IT departments at Cisco, Vanguard, Motorola, and other major companies improve their software development practices. Arthur taught at the College of DuPage in Illinois, as well as developed and conducted numerous technical training courses at Parasoft. As an expert in his field, Arthur’s insights regarding website quality issues have appeared in Business 2.0, Internet Week, and CNET News.