New AtlanticistNov 16, 2018
Securing the consumer internet of things
By Beau Woods and Jack Watson
Unfortunately, the norm for IoT devices is lax security—simple, hardcoded (unchangeable) passwords, and operating systems that can’t be patched or updated with security protection. Thus, on October 14, 2018, the United Kingdom’s department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) published its “Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security.”
Beau Woods is a cyber safety innovation fellow with the Atlantic Council, a leader with the I Am The Cavalry grassroots initiative, and founder/CEO of Stratigos Security. His focus is the intersection of cybersecurity and the human condition, primarily around cyber safety, ensuring connected technology that can impact life and safety is worthy of our trust. Over the past several years in this capacity, he has consulted with automakers, medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers, cybersecurity researchers, US federal agencies and legislative staff, and the White House.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Beau founded the security consultancy, Stratigos Security, to advise large enterprises, small business, and NGOs on information security strategy and development. Beau is also an original member of I Am The Cavalry, a civil society initiative focused on cybersecurity issues that impact human life and public safety. Prior to that, Beau spent five years with Dell SecureWorks, where he advised commercial clients on information security and built up the security consulting services practice. Beau is a frequent presenter, media contributor, and author, and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in psychology.