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RSA 2017: The Internet of Things security threat

Tim Greene | Feb. 3, 2017
Experts detail the problem, possible solutions.

Ransomware - another hot topic at the conference - can be used to lock up IoT devices to cause harm, and its use is projected to continue this year. Ransomware for hire and ransomware kits make this a low-investment, low-skill enterprise that virtually anyone can enter into.

But there is hope. A pair of researchers from Splunk, Rod Soto and Joseph Zadeh, will present a method for detecting and automatically blocking ransomware as it unfolds. Seeking ransomware indicators of compromise, the detection method uses machine learning to head off infections before they take hold and to create policies to block similar ones in the future.

The conference and exhibitors are highlighting endpoint security as well, as described here.

The conference boasts 15 keynotes by vendor executives including Eric Schmidt, CEO of Alphabet, Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, Zulfikar Ramzan, RSA's CTO, and Mark McGlaughlin, CEO of Palo Alto Networks.

The cryptographers' panel, an annual gathering of some of the world's foremost cryptographers, is scheduled again, with this year's group made up of Whitfield Diffie (of Diffie-Hellman exchange fame), Ronald Rivest and Adi Shamir (the R and S in RSA encryption), and Susan Landau (as in Landau's Algorithm). The panel is moderated by Paul Kocher, who developed attacks that can break RSA and Diffie-Hellman.

The list includes speakers from outside tech as well. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is speaking about "The War in Cyberspace." He says the U.S. is losing and needs to team up with its allies and the private sector to win.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will deliver, "An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper." The former head of the U.K.'s MI-5 Stella Rimington will talk about leadership and teamwork. Seth Myers, the host of Late Night with Seth Myers, holds the closing keynote spot.

Source: Network World 


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