Author: Marc Blackmer

Will hack for beer? Cisco's Talos security group rigged up a Kegerator with a WiFi hotspot and other controls, allowing an enterprising hacker who could break into the device to poor him or herself a beer. (Image courtesy of Marc Blackmer.)

At Industrial Control Security Con: Will hack IoT for Beer

In-brief: Cisco’s Marc Blackmer reports from the S4 Conference in Miami – one of the top gatherings of industrial control system security experts. Among the attractions this year: Justine Bone of the firm Medsec, the psychology of malicious insiders and a hackable “kegerator.”

GlobalSign became the latest Certificate Authority to promise PKI at Internet of Things Scale.

Scaling Security for The Internet of Things with MUD

In-brief: Cisco’s Marc Blackmer discusses a proposal before the IETF that would create a Manufacturers Usage Description (MUD) standard by which device makers and their customers to specify the kinds of activities and communications are allowed for Internet of Things devices.  

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vulnerability Markets

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vulnerability Markets

In-brief: Markets for information on software vulnerabilities are good for security. But they can also raise moral and ethical quandaries, especially in an age of cyber physical risks, argues Cisco’s Marc Blackmer.

Hacker Spaces (like the one pictured at University of Maryland) play a pivotal role in fostering innovation and community on the Internet of Things.

Maker Spaces: Grass Roots of The Internet of Things?

In-brief: Maker spaces are the grass roots of the Internet of Things. But obstacles to creating and maintaining these important, community building institutions are considerable, says Cisco’s Marc Blackmer. 

Opinion: If it Ain’t Broke, Try Harder

Opinion: If it Ain’t Broke, Try Harder

In-brief: Mike Tyson famously said of an opponent that ‘everyone has a plan until they get hit.’ That’s useful advice for information security teams worried about whether their existing network security plans will hold up to the onslaught of the Internet of Things, says Marc Blackmer of Cisco.