RSAC 2018 | IoT is not an option anymore. A conversation with Jay Balan | BITDEFENDER

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By Marco Ciappelli | Co-Host Sean Martin
A conversation with Jay Balan

The conversation that you are about to hear is from our RSA Conference 2018 coverage. It happened down in the SandBox, where Sean, Selena and I spent some quality time hanging out with the cool kids from the Villages.

Amongst others interesting conversations, this one you are about to listen is with Alexandru ‘JAY' Balan, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender. He is an expert in IoT Security, and we thought it would be a good thing to chat with him to see if he could help us to break down some of the technical talks into understandable examples and advice for all the people that use Internet-connected devices. So we did.

Jay started with a strong statement: IOT is not an option anymore.

What? Yes, true story.

Look around. Most technology nowadays is Internet connected. While this is cool because it does come with many appealing and useful features, it is also a problem because it opens the door to attacks on networks at home or in the office. And it is not even that complicated. Google it!

Individuals and SMBs are not aware of the risks that come with IoT, and the vendors (at least most of them) are not doing a good job at manufacturing secure IoT devices. So, we obviously have a problem.

How can we resolve it?

Security certifications? Sure.
Educating and stimulating the vendors? Sure.
Educating the user and explaining that bad things - very bad things, HORRIBLE things! - can happen to them too, and not just to others? Sure.
How about some snake oil you can drink every day and pretend to be UNHACKABLE? Good luck with that.

The truth is that nothing is 100% secure. Everything has some sort of flaw, especially when it is connected to the internet.

Good guys and bad guys have always and will always race with each other to reach their goals: attack you or protect you, your files, your documents, your privacy, your finances, and your identity. And the battle keeps raging. But please do not just stand there ignoring the problem.

There is one thing you can do right away to protect yourself, your family, and your business: educate yourself.

You can start with this podcast. Ssshhhh!

Let’s listen.

* If you have read my introduction above, you can go directly to the conversation by skipping ahead to 2':44'' - Enjoy!

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