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Webinar: Securing the Increasingly Vulnerable IoT Attack Surface

By 2023, global spending on Internet of things (IoT) devices will exceed $1 trillion annually. By 2025, the number of deployed IoT devices will reach 25 billion and generate over 79 zettabytes (ZB) of data. These network-connected devices will be extremely diverse, ranging from smart home products to medical devices, autonomous vehicles to factory-floor robotics systems, all of which utilize networks of sensors to optimize manufacturing processes in real time.

Yet, widespread concerns remain about the vulnerability of these devices to cyberattacks. According to a recent survey, the number of organizations suffering data breaches related to IoT increased from 15% in 2017, to 26% in 2019. This trend is likely to continue to accelerate as threat actors develop new tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) for specifically targeting vulnerable devices. BlackBerry profiled two of these threats, Gafgyt and Mirai, in our 2020 Threat Report.

Join us Wednesday, May 27th to learn how BlackBerry Consulting enables device makers and end-user organizations to strengthen their IoT defenses against these evolving threats. During this security briefing, BlackBerry Embedded/IoT Consulting Practice Director Robert Portvliet will provide:

  • Attack surface and vulnerability profiles for medical devices, industrial control systems, automotive systems, commercial and consumer electronics systems, and more
  • Discussion of the static and dynamic analysis methods attackers use to discover device vulnerabilities
  • Real-world case studies that illustrate how BlackBerry Consulting demonstrated how exploits of these vulnerabilities can be used to compromise enterprise networks and cloud-connected IoT deployments
  • Guidelines for manufacturers to build devices with more robust security defenses  

Whether your role is to design or to manage IoT and embedded device deployments, you won’t want to miss this essential security briefing.

Securing the Embedded/IoT Attack Surface
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
8 AM PDT | 11 AM EDT | 4 PM BST | 5 PM CEST


Speaker: Robert Portvliet
Practice Director, Embedded/IoT Security Service, BlackBerry

Robert Portvliet is the Practice Director for BlackBerry’s Embedded/IoT Security Service, as well as a BlackBerry Technical Fellow. Robert is a researcher and expert in the field with more than a decade of experience penetration testing and reverse engineering embedded systems and software. He got his start in offensive security as a member of the elite team at Foundstone, where he was promoted to network security service line lead, before joining Cylance in 2013 to help found both the Red Team and Embedded/IoT practices.

Robert has been a featured speaker at DEFCON and other industry conferences discussing topics relating to his embedded device and wireless security research. Robert also served for several years as a BlackHat course instructor and has been widely quoted in DarkReading and other industry publications.

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