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Internet of Things (IoT) and the Economics of Security


Internet of Things (IoT) and the Economics of Security


IoT has become a vital part of our life. From fitness trackers that you wear to smart home appliances and even autonomous vehicles, IoT Devices have become ingrained in almost every aspect of our world. Ensuring these devices' security has never been more crucial. It is further complicated because many of these everyday objects can act on their own and have the ability to be controlled by external instructions with minimal to no human intervention.

Join us as we speak with two academic experts in the field. We start by looking at the big picture of IoT and why you have to consider the security of devices from the start of design, the essential components of security that are needed, and look at specific vulnerabilities from actual IoT devices that have been tested. ⁠

Finally, we talk with a researcher who is evaluating the use of privacy and security 'nutrition labels' as a tool to help consumers select more secure IoT products. Can we answer the question of how much do consumers care about security, and are they willing to pay for additional protection?

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Our Speakers

Pardis Emami-Naeini

Dr. Xinwen Fu

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Washington

Pardis is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington, working with Tadayoshi Kohno and Franziska Roesner. She received a B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from the Sharif University of Technology and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). As part of her doctoral research, she developed a usable privacy and security label for smart devices to inform consumers’ Internet of Things-related purchase decisions. She was selected as a Rising Star in electrical engineering and computer science in October 2019 and awarded the CMU CyLab presidential fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Dr. Xinwen Fu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell. He was a tenured Associate Professor at University of Central Florida. His current research interests are in computer and network security and privacy. Dr. Fu has published at the four top computer security conferences including Oakland, CCS, USENIX Security and NDSS, and prestigious journals such as ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking (ToN) and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC). He spoke at various technical security conferences including Black Hat. His research was reported by various media including CNN, Wired, Huffington Post, Forbes, Yahoo, MIT Technology Review, PC Magazine and aired on CNN Domestic and International. He is an IEEE senior member.

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