SNS: Special Letter: At the Edge: The IoT Security Imperative
SNS Subscriber Edition • Volume 24, Issue 30 • Week of September 23, 2019


Special Letter



SNS Special Letter:
At the Edge: The IoT Security Imperative

In This Issue
Week of 9/23/2019 Vol. 24 Issue 30


FiRe 2019 Speaker Spotlight could be forgiven for referring to Harvard geneticist and Wyss Institute founder George Church as a godfather of modern genomics. He was the first to publish a direct genomic sequencing method and encouraged the creation of the Human Genome Project all the way back in 1984. In the nearly four decades since, Church has continually contributed key technical and infrastructural advancements to the field, including publishing the first study to use CRISPR-Cas9 to edit genes in human stem cells, creating the world's only open-access human genome data set, cloning a woolly mammoth, and co-founding 22 genomics companies, including Nebula Genomics, a blockchain-based solution for making human genome data available to medical researchers.

At FiRe 2019, as our Opening Night keynote, he lays out his plan for ameliorating mass extinction and climate disaster.

Learn more about FiRe 2019 and register here.



Publisher's Note: A few weeks ago, I had a chance to catch up with Paul Clayson over a casual lunch at a seaside restaurant. I've known Paul for years, and it seems as though, even as each of our projects change, our orbits must be changing with them. Last time we were together, we were working to create a new graphene center of excellence at the University of Utah. This time, I'm working on Pattern Discoveries (including how they can help with security), and he's working on IoT (and how to help with security).

Not long ago, I was being interviewed at Techonomy by my friend David Kirkpatrick, in the conference's last panel. Among my fellow panelists was the head of security for BAE Systems. A consultant friend in the audience asked about the coming era of IoT and what the state of security will be. 

"Horrible," I replied. "Unbelievably bad," my British colleague added. 

"It can't be that bad, can it?" the consultant asked. We just started laughing, and that ended the interview.

Yes, it's that bad.

In this week's issue, members will benefit from a detailed explanation of what is wrong, why it's wrong, and how we can begin fixing it. I will add that Paul and his team will be at FiRe, as a FiReStarter Company, for those who would like to talk with him personally. 

We are also going to set the CTO Design Challenge at FiRe to address a related problem in net security, and we'll have perhaps the world's expert in cybersecurity, Dmitri Alperovitch, CEO of CrowdStrike, with us as well. So, if you want to be secure, read on, and then join us all at FiRe 2019. - mra