IoT Village to Organize Concept at RSA Conference USA


Dubbed "IoT Sandbox," this event to feature live exploit demos and talks focused on security issues related to the Internet of Things

BALTIMORE, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the security consulting and research firm that organizes security research events such as IoT Village and SOHOpelessly Broken, today announced a partnership with RSA Conference USA, to run IoT Sandbox.  IoT Sandbox is a security research concept that highlights security issues in connected devices, with an emphasis on the business audience that is typical to RSA Conference.

"IoT Sandbox is a natural extension of IoT Village," explains Ted Harrington, Executive Partner at ISE and one of the organizers of both concepts.  "Where IoT Village serves to present new, groundbreaking security research to the research community, IoT Sandbox extrapolates those lessons to an executive audience who can enact change from the top down within an organization."

IoT Sandbox is comprised of interactive, live exploit demonstrations against known vulnerable devices, paired with a series of presentations by thought leaders across the government, industry, and research domains.   ISE security analysts Jacob Holcomb and Dan Staples will primarily lead the exploit demos, with an emphasis on smart home devices such as security cameras, routers, and storage.  A prominent range of thoughts leaders will present, including luminaries such as Dr. Allan Friedman (Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives, Department of Commerce), Jeanie Larson (Senior Director, IT Security, City of Hope Hospitals), and Dr. May Wang (Co-Founder, Zingbox; former Principal Architect, Cisco office of the CTO).  Additional research will be presented by IoT Village veteran speakers such as Anthony Rose – who will discuss exploits against smart locks – and Fred Brett-Mounet – who will demonstrate exploits on a solar array.

This is the second year that IoT Sandbox has been run, and the second year it is organized by ISE, who also runs events at DEF CON, DerbyCon, ToorCon, BSidesDC, BSidesCharm, and CypherCon.  ISE is seeking sponsors, volunteers, speakers, hackers, and general enthusiasts across the full array of events.  Anyone interested in getting involved should contact ISE.

About RSA Conference
RSA developed RSA Conference in 1991 as a forum for cryptographers to gather and share the latest knowledge and advancements in the area of Internet security. Today, RSA Conference and related RSA Conference branded activities are still managed by RSA, with the support of the industry. RSA Conference event programming is judged and developed by information security practitioners and other related professionals.

About IoT Village
IoT Village is a traveling security event focused on highlighting and resolving security flaws in the connected devices that comprise the Internet of Things ("IoT"). It is composed of talks, workshops, live hacking demos, and an onsite hacking contest.  In its 2015 debut, IoT Village served as a platform to publish 66 previously unknown critical security vulnerabilities across 27 different devices types and 18 different manufacturers. 

About ISE
Founded in 2005 out of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins' Information Security Institute, ISE is a security consulting firm comprised of hackers, computer scientists, reverse engineers, and cryptographers who help companies defend against sophisticated adversaries through manual, white box security assessments.  ISE is widely recognized as being the first company to hack the iPhone.