Securing the Billions of Devices Around Us

Speaker: Galen Hunt , Microsoft

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Public: Yes

Location: 32-D463 (Star)

Event Type: Seminar

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Host: Nickolai Zeldovich, MIT CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Securing the Billions of Devices Around Us

The next decade promises the democratization of connectivity to every device. Significant drops in the cost of connectivity mean that every form device with access to power—every child’s toy, every household’s appliances, and every industry’s equipment—will become connected to the Internet. Tens of billions of these devices are controlled by microcontrollers, a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity. What is required to secure these billions of devices? How can it be done economically enough to apply to every device? Finally, how does one navigate a project from research concept through Series C funding?

Dr. Galen Hunt founded and lead engineering for the Microsoft team responsible for Azure Sphere. His team's mission is to ensure that every IoT device on the planet is secure and trustworthy. Previously, Dr. Hunt pioneered technologies ranging from confidential cloud computing to light-weight container virtualization, type-safe operating systems, and internet video streaming. Dr. Hunt was a member of Microsoft's founding cloud computing team. Dr. Hunt holds over 100 patents, a B.S. degree in Physics from University of Utah and Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. Outside of work, Dr. Hunt has served as a Bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and used the spare time afforded by the Covid-19 lockdown to earn his private pilot certificate.

Research Areas:
Security & Cryptography, Systems & Networking

Impact Areas:
Cybersecurity, Internet of Things

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Created by Nickolai Zeldovich Email at Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 9:50 AM.