prpl Foundation to Keynote at Cloud Security Alliance European Summit

Security in cloud, connected devices and IoT takes center stage at CSS 2016 in Milan

SANTA CLARA, CA– Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist of prpl Foundation and co-founder and co-chair of the Mobile Working Group at Cloud Security Alliance, will give a keynote speech on putting security into the future of Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and mobile at the Cloud Security Summit in Milan on Wednesday 18th May. The summit is the first edition of an annual event which aims to create dialogue between institutions, industry and small and medium European enterprises, and promote the sharing of information and experiences with a look to Europe and beyond.

“The world is becoming increasingly more connected and the cloud plays a big role in supporting these connections for IoT and mobile devices,” said Jim Reavis, founder of the Cloud Security Alliance and keynote presenter at the Summit. “Security is undoubtedly an indispensable common denominator that should be underpinning the growth of this sector, yet so far, it’s been more of an afterthought. The prpl Foundation has been making great strides in this area, as well as facilitating cooperation amongst organisations that is the key to interoperable standards in the device to data centre market.”

Garlati’s keynote will be delivered at 2:30pm and focuses on making sure we put security into the future of IoT, cloud and mobile devices. He will discuss the Internet of Broken Things and how it can be fixed through an open-source, hardware-led approach. With embedded computing transforming the way we live, from hospital dispensing life-saving drugs to aircraft guidance systems and connected cars, it is now critical that we ensure it is as safe as possible. The keynote will explain why the security challenges in embedded computing systems are more serious than anything we have seen before, using 1.5 million cars in the U.S and major biomedical device vendors as crucial examples.

“A lot of people make a crucial mistake when they talk about the “coming” Internet of Things. The reality is that it is already here and it is broken,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “In order to fix it, we need to take a new hardware-based approach that is founded on open source principles and interoperable standards. At the core of this is the idea of a secure boot enabled by a “root of trust” anchored in the silicon and hardware-based virtualization to restrict lateral movement at a chip level.”

The keynote will pick out the commonalities in all the high-profile Internet of Things failures that we have seen so far, including connectivity, firmware updates and proprietary systems, before proposing a new solution to overcome all these challenges, as advocated by the prpl Foundation in its recent Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Embedded Computing for the IoT community.

The prpl Foundation urges IoT stakeholders to read and embrace the philosophy set out in the guidance and deploy the concepts to make IoT more secure. As such, this presentation is essential for anyone with an interest in the future of IoT and embedded computing, including everyone from OEM’s and SoC manufacturers to producers of routers, biomedical devices and set-top-boxes.

About prpl Foundation

prpl (pronounced “Purple”), is an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture – and open to others – with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include datacenter, networking & storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT. See: www.prplfoundation.org.

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