Is The Road To Hell Paved With Good Intentions? | In The News With Erez Yalon

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By Marco Ciappelli & Sean Martin

Guest: Erez Yalon, Director of Security Research at Checkmarx


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The first time I heard the aphorisms, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” it made me think and question the meaning of it. The reason why it never really made sense to me is because of its unclear significance. If such intentions are good and pure then, even if I fail to accomplish the final goal I have set to achieve in my mind, wasn’t I still moved by the will to do good and not evil? Therefore why ‘the hell’ should I find myself in hell?

If the intentions are good we must appreciate such aim, accept that nobody is perfect—and if there is some imaginary yellow brick road that we should pave with those intentions, that road should be the one that leads us to Heaven instead.

On the other hand, if there are no true intentions behind those words, then the plan is misleading and with such lies in our soul then, inevitably, we're going to Hell! 

In both cases, the assumption is that we can find either one or the other, of course. But I am not here to discuss faith, beliefs, or the Google-mapped shortest-path directions to someone’s everlasting residence.

I am constructing this whole chronicle around such an aphorism because it is what kept coming to mind throughout the podcast that Sean and I recorded today. It is a conversation with our friend Erez Yalon and was destined for the ITSPmagazine segment, In The News.

Sometimes people can be too quick to jump to conclusions, often without the knowledge that allows for an objective judgment to be made. And, in the swarm of social media-driven news cycles, it becomes easy to point fingers left and right, creating heroes and villains out of thin air.

We usually do not discuss the latest news on ITSPmagazine but when we do it is because something in the cybersecurity or mainstream news caught our attention, and we want to dig deeper, make sense of something that maybe doesn’t, understand the why, and make that connection with society that has been our trademark since day one.

Lately, this is happening more often, and this is undoubtedly one of those occasions.

In this ‘In The News’ segment we are discussing the “LeapFrog accident” that has been going around the news since Black Hat when our friend, Erez Yalon, disclosed some research that uncovered some severe vulnerabilities on IoT tablets made specifically for children.

Chill out. There’s no need to panic. The good news part of this story is that the company stepped in quickly and acted responsibly. So why are we talking about it if the problem is solved?

Here is why:

  • We do not thrive on clickbait and FUD

  • We want to help the cybersecurity community to build a better, safer technological future

  • We believe that knowledge is power and education is society’s superpower against cyber threats

  • We do not think that stopping people from using technology is the way to safety; not even for—maybe even less for—kids (we want them to play and learn!)

We believe we can make ethical decisions now that will help the future generations take full advantage of a technologically advanced society.

Join us in building that future. Start by listening to this podcast.


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