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“I’ll Be Back” or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet of Things


Electronic devices are changing our lives, and we are rightfully concerned. Watching “The Terminator” and other ’80s movies about killer robots taking over the world has fueled our imagination of technology going rogue for the past 30 years. And, while some people struggle to even trust online or mobile banking, others have moved on to automate their homes and offices through the Internet of Things (IoT) network, giving machines and robots the power and independence to run our lives. The number of digital devices and platforms available to consumers has exploded in recent years. As a result, today’s consumer is more connected than ever, with more access to and deeper engagement with content and brands. On average, Americans own four digital devices and spend 60 hours a week on them, consuming content. But, how can we be sure these devices are not running malware designed to steal our data and compromise our privacy? Steven Sprague, a veteran in the trusted computing space, says that people don’t tend to lose data; devices steal it. However, you can use the “things” to secure the Internet of Things. Rather than communicating with us, our networked devices talk to each other. But, if our collected devices become our digital identity, how do we prove who we are and ensure that the machines, which we’ve given our lives to, act on our behalf? Sprague says the solutions are right under our noses in the form of Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) already integrated in most semiconductors used with today’s devices. In his presentation, he will lay out how new technology built on top of the TEE will secure tomorrow’s digital environment, and secure the integrity of the devices that surround us, by building the “device identity network” to secure the IoT. Sprague’s talk is an eye-opener of how we can securely navigate our lives without having to blindly trust (or mistrust) our increasingly digital world. If you are a consumer, mobile payments expert, Bitcoiner or app developer for wearables or the IoT, Sprague clearly lays out the fears and solutions available today, using hardware to secure the internet of things.


Steven Sprague, CEO of Rivetz Corp. and former president and CEO of Wave Systems Corp. for 14 years, is one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, making him a popular speaker on cybersecurity and trusted computing. Passionate for making trusted computing’s best-in-class security solutions accessible, understandable and easy-to-use, Steven has helped some of the world’s largest enterprises secure their data and network. He has influenced the development and application of the self-encrypting drive industry standards by supporting the early technology and leading in the commercialization of drive management and recovery capabilities. Steven holds a number of patents and continues to push for market adoption of industry standards-based security. Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.