Autonomous Vehicle Security Deep Dive w/Bruce Schneier

We drill all the way down to the CPU level in this follow-on discussion of autonomous vehicle security. This encore episode with cyber-guru, Bruce Schneier, is in response to the requests we received on Reddit, LinkedIn, and email for a deeper dive after our recent conversation with him.

We start with a simple question, “Who is the threat actor we need to protect our vehicles from?” Bruce’s answer has lessons in it for everyone from a user to a government regulator. We also talk about principles teams can incorporate into their design process. Our discussion then leads to vulnerabilities in COTS and ends with considerations for CPU security.

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Meet Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert, cryptographer, and privacy advocate. While, he refers to himself as just a "security technologist," The Economist Magazine prefers "security guru," "crypto-guru," or "cybersecurity guru."  He's nothing short of a household name in these fields.
 
Bruce is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Board Member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tor Projects, and an Advisory Board Member to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). He founded Counterpane Internet Security, Inc and has written more than a dozen books on cybersecurity and cryptography.

Along the way, Bruce designed the Blowfish encryption algorithm and Twofish, which was a finalist in the US Government's hunt to create the AES -Advanced Encryption Standard. His newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security have more than 250,000 readers.

Read Bruce's new book, "Click Here to Kill Everybody. Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World"
The internet is powerful, but it is not safe. As "smart" devices proliferate the risks will get worse, unless we act now.

From driverless cars to smart thermostats, from autonomous stock-trading systems to drones equipped with their own behavioral algorithms, the internet now has direct effects on the physical world. While this computerized future, often called the Internet of Things, carries enormous potential, best-selling author Bruce Schneier argues that catastrophe awaits in its new vulnerabilities and dangers. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now literally crash your car, pacemaker, and home security system, as well as everyone else's. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected era, and lays out common-sense policies that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to the consequences of its insecurity. From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things to a recipe for sane government oversight, Schneier's vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.

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