Ken is a regular speaker at the ISSA Dragon’s Den, (ISC)2 Chapter events and CREST events, where he sits on the board. He’s also an Executive Member of the Internet of Things Security Forum and spoke out on IoT security design flaws at the forum’s inaugural event. He’s also not averse to getting deeply techie either, regularly participating in hacking challenges and demos at Black Hat, 44CON, DefCon and Bsides amongst others.
Ken and his team at Pen Test Partners have hacked everything from keyless cars and a range of IoT devices, from wearable tech to children’s toys and smart home control systems. This has gained him notoriety among the national press, leading to regular appearances on BBC TV and BBC News online as well as the broadsheet press. He’s also a regular contributor to industry magazines, penning articles for the legal, security, insurance, oil and gas, and manufacturing press.
Lighting Up the Dark Corners of the Internet of Things (IoT) – Live IoT Hacking Demonstration
SMART lighting and lighting systems can improve energy efficiency and allow remote access and management. However, those access and management functions can be subverted by hackers or even worms to take control of – or gain entry to – private and corporate networks. The risks are that you simply can’t turn your lights on or off, or that if a poorly configured and badly secured device is attached to your network it can let an attacker in. It is even reasonable to assume that if enough lighting systems can be co-opted into a botnet they could be used to cause DDoS attacks, or even a power-outage. As with so many SMART and IoT devices security is an afterthought. We’ll look at why that is, and also explore how developers and manufacturers can build better, more secure products.