World-renowned cybersecurity expert, Bruce Schneier, has written a new book “Click Here to Kill Everybody.” It’s a topic that I’ve been concerned about for a long time. From connected cars to implanted medical devices, the potential for catastrophic events caused by (IOT) will continue to rapidly expand. We already know electric grids have been penetrated and the real possibility they could be shut down or could kill hundreds of thousands or more in the middle of winter around the world. There are a lot of very bad scenarios that need defensive measures that researchers have already been probing. Ships can be capsized by cargo shifts. Water might be shut off. Industrial controls systems compromised. Autonomous vehicles tampered with. We’ve already found numerous vulnerabilities reported as CVE’s in medical devices including MRI’s and medical implants. As IOT continues to become pervasive, the very real potential to cause massive injury and death is not a just an existential thought experiment but a real threat. Since it is possible, Bruce says we need to start planning now and this might mean sane “governmental oversight.” Some say embedded devices are hard to track down and what’s worse even harder to update because of their memory size. I noticed that Tesla just gave researchers the ability to look for vulnerabilities on their own and have Tesla reflash their cars for free. If you want to learn more about this subject Bruce Schneier is one of the most respected people in the industry to learn from. His book is available on Amazon or if you want to pay more for a signed copy you can buy it directly from his website! Do you think we need to start taking more about planning for defensive measures?
Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
A Book by Bruce Schneier
The internet is powerful, but it is not safe. As “smart” devices proliferate the risks will get worse, unless we act now.
Review on Financial Times
- August 26, 2018
The early architects of the internet did not want it to kill anybody. In cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier’s new book, David Clark, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recalls their philosophy: “It is not that we didn’t think about security. We knew that there were untrustworthy people out there, and we thought we could exclude them”.
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