Computer Science Professor of Practice To Speak at Symposium
Over recent years, Professor of Practice Mike Borowczak has stayed current on cyber attacks and defense as criminals work to hack various information systems with the goals of extracting information, money or valuable resources from individuals, corporations and the government.
Borowczak is one of the newest members of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Wyoming. He is a former hardware security architect at Intel and will highlight recent cyber attacks and how to limit exposure. He will speak at Wyoming Cybersecurity Symposium in Cheyenne, Wyo., presenting at 11:15 a.m. on April 20. The symposium, presented by the Wyoming Business Report, explores in-depth issues that affect business security.
His presentation is titled "Attack of the Internet of Things! Are your smart devices becoming digital informants?"
His premise is that as the interconnection of technology improves for many devices (becoming part of an Internet of Things), the avenues for hacking are becoming more diverse and harder to protect against as devices will only be as protected as the weakest device. He will present strategies to improve security for smart homes and businesses that rely on web-enabled sensors to control other devices, like a smart thermostat connected to your central heating and/or cooling system.
“Basically, we have a lot of web-enabled devices, and while the average person might be getting better at updating their computer's security, it's quite likely most people never consider updating the software or passwords of their other smart devices,” Borowczak says. “This can apply to their internet router, smart thermostat or even their refrigerator. Companies are beginning to offer lines of smart kitchen appliances, as well as other home devices. When they have security flaws, and your entire network becomes exposed, you might as well post your personal information on the outside of your computer at a coffee shop.”