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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, & an Amazon Echo. During the course of their investigation, policeissued a warrantto Amazon requesting data in the form of audio recordings, transcribed records, & other text records from Bates' Echo. The police also sought more personal information on Bates, including his subscriber information, & his purchase & 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 & storingdataabout our personal preferences & transactions. Who has accessto all of ourdata that records everything we are saying & doing in our homes? And, in the case of a crime, like the James Andrew Bateshomicideabove, can law enforcement agencieslegally obtain our home devices & 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 & services, including Twitter, Spotify & Paypal. How did the hackers do it? They usedmalware to infect & influence IoT devices in our homes suchas televisions, coffeemakers, routers, webcams & other devices connected to the internet!

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

  • How are big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google & Microsoft handling these issues?
  • What are their policies for storing & releasing our private data?
  • What exactly are these devices recording & 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) & 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 & how tech companies, the government, & law enforcement agencies are tackling the complicated issues surrounding gaining access to our private, in-home data & protecting our data. Through an interactive, group exercise, explore some of the most compelling problems & ideas in IoT cybersecurity & offer your own perspective & 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 & Chief Operating Officer,Gotham Security

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

With more than ten years of experience in security, account & project management, Blake is an expert in obtaining & 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 She's also held account & security sales management positions at Computer Network Solutions, CGAtlantic, Citigroup Smith Barney & Smith Barney.

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


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