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With Blake Shalem (Co-Founder COO, Gotham Security)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 06:00 PM    Cost: $40
NYU Tandon School of Engg, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn

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I Know What You Did in the Shower - Are Connected Home Devices Compromising Our Personal Privacy? (Workshop) About This Workshop

'James Andrew Bates was charged with first-degree murder after a man named Victor Collins was found dead in Bates' hot tub in November 2015. Bates owned a few connected devices, including a Nest thermostat, a Honeywell alarm system, and an Amazon Echo. During the course of their investigation, policeissued a warrantto Amazon requesting data in the form of audio recordings, transcribed records, and other text records from Bates' Echo. The police also sought more personal information on Bates, including his subscriber information, and his purchase and billing history.' --Police want an Echo's data to prove a murder case, but how much does it really know?(The Verge)

From in-home voice assistants likeAmazon EchoandGoogle Home, to appliances like toasters that text youand refrigerators that record your eating habits,we are increasingly relying on internet-connected devicesin our homes. They afford us a convenience we only dreamed of watchingThe Jetsonswhen we were kids. And when it comes to voice assistants like the Echoand Google Home, these devices are not only entertaining, they can even seem like atrusted member of the family.

But one of the biggest risks of these Internet of Things devices (withover 6 billion IoT devicescurrently running), is that they arealwayslistening to us and storingdataabout our personal preferences and transactions. Who has accessto all of ourdata that records everything we are saying and doing in our homes? And, in the case of a crime, like the James Andrew Bateshomicideabove, can law enforcement agencieslegally obtain our home devices and use our private information stored on these devices in a court of law?

Law enforcement illegally obtaining our data through our home connected devices is one thing,hackers using our devices to take down the internet is another(Hackers used 'smart' home devices to carry out Dyn cyberattack). In October two distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) took down a large portion of the internet, preventing people from accessing numerous large websites and services, including Twitter, Spotify and Paypal. How did the hackers do it? They usedmalware to infect and influence IoT devices in our homes suchas televisions, coffeemakers, routers, webcams and other devices connected to the internet!

Join us for this special, interactive workshop, withguest presenterBlake Shalem(Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer,Gotham Security), as we explore thehot-button topic of connected device security and data privacy in our homes and beyond.

  • How are big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft handling these issues?
  • What are their policies for storing and releasing our private data?
  • What exactly are these devices recording and who is listening to us?
  • And, as we become even more connected to devices in the future (with experts predicting the number of connected devices could reach 20 billion by 2020) and how can we ensure that the government protects our rights to privacy?
  • How can weprotect ourselveswhen using these devices?
Takeaways Gain an understanding of the challenges facing our society as we embrace connected devices in our home and how tech companies, the government, and law enforcement agencies are tackling the complicated issues surrounding gaining access to our private, in-home data and protecting our data. Through an interactive, group exercise, explore some of the most compelling problems and ideas in IoT cybersecurity and offer your own perspective and solutions.

Prerequisites This is a non-technical workshop meant for anyone: marketers, advertisers, developers, product managers, investors, data analysts, students, policy wonks -- all are welcome!

Guest Presenter

Blake Shalem,Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer,Gotham Security

Blakeis Gotham Security's Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, which means her job is to keep the company running smoothly, and make sure everyone on the team is happy, organized and working to their fullest potential. She's also responsible for ensuring our clients are thrilled with our servicesand their experience working with useven if that means taking them out for the occasional happy hour beer or martini.

With more than ten years of experience in security, account and project management, Blake is an expert in obtaining and growing key accounts in the finance, health care, legal andMSP verticals.

Prior to joining Gotham Security, she served as the director of sales at TopPatch, Inc. She's also held account and security sales management positions at Computer Network Solutions, CGAtlantic, Citigroup Smith Barney and Smith Barney.

When she's not helping protectour clients from cyber crime, you can find Blake perfecting her yoga, Pilates and meditation skills, or adding stamps to her passport.


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