Can your coffeemaker be compromised? Securing the internet of things

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Security is the white whale of the internet of things. It’s forever discussed, but it seemingly can’t be solved. So in this week’s podcast I called up Tiffany Strauchs Rad of Kaspersky Lab to discuss how she thinks about securing our connected devices and what consumers can do to ensure they are reasonably responsible.

So while you might not want to connect your coffee pot to Twitter, Rad believes that most consumers shouldn’t worry too much about hackers compromising their individual homes. And speaking of Twitter, in our segment, my colleague Kevin Tofel and I discuss the idea that Twitter could become the lingua franca for the internet of things. I also explain how I hooked up my Hue lights to turn a color when a team scores during a football match and why I’m disappointed.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Kevin Tofel and Tiffany Strauchs Rad of Kaspersky Lab

  • Kevin has a presence problem and won’t buy a $4,000 desk to solve it
  • Connecting my lights to change color when my team scores a point is tough
  • Will Twitter become the lingua franca for the internet of things?
  • How secure is the internet of things?
  • What can paranoid consumers do to make their connected gadgets a little safer?


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