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SANS Institute to Host Inaugural Securing the Internet of Things Summit

Bringing Together Top Security Experts to Drive a Proactive Approach to Securing the "Internet of Things"

  • Bethesda, MD
  • Sept. 10, 2013

The next wave of cyber innovation - and risk - is emerging with the "Internet of Things," as personal medical devices, automobiles, wearing computing, environmental sensors, home energy systems, and a myriad of other sensitive devices gain always-on connectivity. To ensure that security and privacy are considered top priority this time around, the SANS Institute will host its inaugural Securing the Internet of Things Summit on October 21, 2013 in San Francisco. This first-of-its kind event will bring together top security experts, architects and solution developers to discuss security issues related to the Internet of Things, with a focus on what will work, and reality versus hype. The goal of the summit is to identify proactive approaches for securing Internet-related products.

"Rather than repeating the mistakes of the first generation of PCs and servers, manufacturers, vendors and enterprises have a chance to build in new and better approaches to security as the Internet of Things emerges," said John Pescatore, director of Emerging Security Trends at SANS Institute. "SANS' Securing the Internet of Things Summit brings together some of the top minds in security to explore best practices and guidelines which can be implemented during the design and building of things connected to the Internet."

"The Internet of Things requires a new way of thinking about security as there are unprecedented challenges associated with securing the tens of billions of connected things across a diverse set of form factors and use cases," said Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners. "I'm excited to speak at, and participate in, the upcoming SANS Summit in San Francisco along with many of the industry's top technologists and leading practitioners as we work together to create a more secure future."

The summit will feature presentations, panels, hands-on training and networking opportunities with the industry's top security professionals. Summit presenters will discuss new solutions, demonstrate security technologies that already work and provide a force multiplier to making the Internet of Things more secure than the equivalent early phases of Internet evolution. Summit presenters include John Pescatore, SANS; Asheem Chandna, Greylock Partners; Greg Brown, Intel Networking; Stacey Cannady, Cisco; Earl Perkins, Gartner; and more.

Agenda highlights for the summit include:

  • Securing the Internet of Things, Separating Hype from Reality (keynote address)
  • The Internet of Things: Trends and Opportunities
  • Riot Control: The Art of Managing Risk and the Internet Of Things
  • Just Trust Me: Internet-Enabled Devices with Integrity
  • Securing the Internet of Everything

For more information on SANS' Securing the Internet of Things Summit including panel and discussion overviews and a complete list of industry presenters, or to register for the event, please visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at In-Person and Live Online cyber security training events, and more than 50 courses are available anytime, anywhere with our OnDemand platform. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system – the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (