Monthly Update: October/November 2014

Good news:

The last several weeks have been a hurricane of engagement and progress – especially surrounding our initiatives with Connected Vehicle safety/security.

 

Bad news:

The travel and supporting work delayed our “monthly” update a bit.

 

Back to Good News:

That means we have even more to report below… (as this is but a sampling).

 

While we’ve been crazy busy, it’s the good kind of crazy busy…

Thank you to all of you who have shown support and helped to Collect, Connect, Collaborate, and Catalyze… to drive safety into connected technologies.

It’s working…

 

Josh Corman

 


Highlights:

 

  • Invitation to join Auto Industry group (SAE) to help with Cyber Safety
  • White House Briefing on 5 Star Automotive Cyber Safety Letter/Framework
  • Flood of briefings with Auto Makers, Suppliers, Government & Industry Groups

 


 

 

Achievements:

The Cavalry invited to join Auto Industry group (SAE) to help with Cyber Safety

SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers), a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, invited I Am The Cavalry to present to their monthly meeting. After a detailed overview and discussion of our initiative and framework, they invited us to nominate a representative to join their regular meetings and collaborate on issues of automotive cyber safety.

 

White House Briefing on 5 Star Automotive Cyber Safety Letter/Framework

Met onsite with members of the White House National Security Staff for Cyber Security. The staff was impressive and very pleased with our approach and content in the 5 Star Automotive Safety Framework. I believe the headline was “Love it!” They also recognized immediately how its approach and abstraction applies to Medical Devices, Connected Homes and Critical Infrastructure – specifically in context of the NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF). They are bringing our framework to contacts in US DHS, DOT, GSA, NIST and other relevant stakeholders.

 

Flood of briefings with Auto Makers, Suppliers, Government & Industry Groups

We hoped to Collect, Connect, Collaborate, and Catalyze… and boy did we. For at least the 1st 5 weeks after the 5 Star Framework posted at DEF CON, we averaged about a briefing per business day with automotive industry players. These briefings ranged from government – such as US Dept of Transportation (DOT) to technology suppliers, insurers, think tanks, car makers, consortiums and even dealer associations. While there were pockets of skepticism or caution, the overall tone has been quite positive. This week, in fact, the Cavalry is participating in a “connected car” working group with US DHS/DOT.

 

 


 

 

Conferences and Events of Note:

Several events (both past and upcoming) showcase the I Am The Cavalry mission. Here are a few of them; if you know of others or would like to get involved let us know at info@iamthecavalry.org.

  •     -44CON in London – September, 2014
  •     -Intel Developers Forum – September, 2014
  •     -DerbyCon in Louisville, KY – September, 2014
  •     -ISC2 Congress in Atlanta, GA – September, 2014
  •     -Hack In the Box Malaysia – October, 2014
  •     -FDA Workshop: Collaborative Approaches for Medical Device and Healthcare Cybersecurity  – October, 2014
  •     -GIGAOM Structure Connect – October, 2014
  •     -0redev IoT Summit – November, 2014
  •     -DHS/DOT Connected Car Security Workshop – November, 2014
  •     -SANS penetration testing summit – November, 2014
  •     -CISO Summit Mumbai – November, 2014
  •     -CiscoSecCon – December, 2014
  •     -NH-ISAC / SANS Healthcare – December, 2014
  •     -SAE Automotive in DC – January, 2015
  •     -OWASP APPSEC Southern CA conf – January, 2015
  •     -ShmooCon – January, 2015
  •     -RSA USA 2015 – April, 2015
  •     -SAE Automotive in Detroit – April 2015

 

44CON

44CON is an annual information security conference and training event taking place in London.  Put on by Sense/Net Ltd, 44CON is intended to provide current security information to business and technical information security professional. At this event, I am The Cavalry was introduced to UK students, researchers and industry professionals.

Intel IDF

A good deal of the Internet of “all the things” is going to involve techolgy stacks like Intel. They have been receptive to much of the Cavalry mission and setup a Panel (including Josh Corman and Chris Valisek) and several meetings with internal teams to make sure they are on the right track and connected to the right initiatives.

Derbycon

Derbycon is a conference for security professionals interested in sharing and learning the latest from the infosec community in a fun and family-style atmosphere.  Space Rogue and Beau Woods discussed the I Am The Cavalry mission and Year[0] review, activities over the past year, and vision forward.  Jen Ellis and Steve Ragan conducted a very well received, half day media training workshop. Here is a link to the short talk which came just prior. Many thanks to Dave Kennedy and company for their continued support!

ISC2 Congress

ISC2 was incredibly supportive of I am The Cavalry – and generous with their annual congress. We were praised by their Executive Director Hord Tipton during opening ceremonies. We were given a talk in the solutions theatre. We got to share our mission during the Safe & Secure Online training workshop. Josh Corman delivered the keynote for the ISLA Awards dinner (where our own Tony Vargas was honored with the President’s Award!) Lastly, we got to kick off the 1st our of their Chapter Leadership meetings to plan for next year. What was clear is that they have a ready made network and resources, are highly supportive of our initiative, share many of our values (especially on their lesser know 501c3 Foundation side), and are actively looking for ways we can work together.

Loopcast

Loopcast is DC/Beltway based podcast (outside of the security echo chamber) featuring political, technical and legal issues of the day. This episode featured discussions of automotive security, our 5 Star Cyber Safety Framework, society and the law.

GIGAOM Structure Connect 2014

I am The Cavalry joined a short (but high impact) discussion on IoT Safety & Security with the CEO of ElectricImp [VIDEO]. The well-vetted crowd stimulated a great deal of follow-up and we got to make some connections to large device manufacturers who want the help. We may even have convinced ElectricImp to make it easier for researchers to get their kit… (tbd).

#0redev IoT Sweden

In it’s 10th year as a Developer Conference, 0redev added its 1st IoT summit in Malmö, Sweden last week. The diverse speakers and topics made for speakers dinners and hallways tracks worth the trip alone: Disco Mode lighting to Fashionable Wearables to BioHacking to IoT Security… the lineup is here. Most of the videos posted here.

CiscoSecCon 2014

The Cavalry was invited to speak (along with other solid outside thinkers/researchers) at their internal security event in early December. Given the line-up of topics and speakers, it looks like they too are getting serious about the role(s) they will play in IoT Security.

NH-ISAC (National Health) / SANS Healthcare Cyber Security Summit

In early December, a few of us will be attending and speaking at the Healthcare Summit in San Francisco. If you’re planning to be there, let us know!

 


Related News:

 

Mainstream Media

 

The mainstream media news is a great way to get introduced to the Cavalry and the subject of connected device security.  Here you will learn the major industry concerns in non-technical language, and how various researchers are influencing the discussion with projects and fact supported assertions.

 

  • 007 Nemesis Le Chiffre Bolsters France in Cyber Attacks [Bloomberg]
  • First Online Murder Will Happen by End of Year, Warns US Firm [The Independent]

o   This hotly debated article (and others) stimulated a lot of “What’s FUD? what’s “junk research”? What’s of legitimate concern?

o   The existence of these debates is all the the more reason we should be a credible,  voice of reason and technical literacy on these issues.

 

 

 

Security/Technology Industry Media

 

Here is a sample of current industry news about I Am The Cavalry, targeted at the IT, security and high-technology community.

 

o   I Am The Cavalry conducted an interview for Danish Radio.  The segment starts at about 24 minutes.

 

 


 

 

Ongoing Projects:

Research Library

The Cavalry is creating a library indexing recent research and articles related to connected device security.  This library will provide security experts with a launching pad for recent work in the field, and serve as a quick reference for those outside of the echo chamber.  If you would like to submit content or help build the library, please email in…@iamthecavalry.org.

5-Star Collateral

In response to specific requests from automotive companies, the Cavalry is creating collateral around the 5-Star Cyber Safety Framework.  The first project is the creation of a whitepaper documenting the safety framework and suggestions to the automotive community.  This content will enable automotive industry experts to present safety ideas internally or disseminate information at conferences.

Minor Website Updates

We’re always adding and improving our web content.  If you see an issue, please let us know and we will update the pages accordingly.

 

Long Range Future Plans:

Incorporation

We are currently evaluating several different options for incorporating as a non-profit educational foundation. Alternately we are evaluating existing non-profit organizations who want to adopt our message and mission as theirs.   A legal corporate structure will allow us to continue to serve our mission in the way we have been – collecting, connecting, collaborating and catalyzing – and to expand our reach and capabilities. At Derbycon last month we had a chance to sit down for large chunks of time (face-to-face) and update what such an organization might look like, in terms of long-term vision, activities to undertake, etc. A year smarter and with more experiences will help us finalize our business plan and formal instantiation.

BSides Las Vegas 2015

We are working with BSides Las Vegas organizers to plan I Am The Cavalry activities for BSidesLV 2015. If you have organizational or content suggestions for next year’s conference, please post them to the discussion list or send them to us privately. Videos of some of the sessions from this year’s event can be found on the Irongeek website.

 


How to Get Involved:

  • We are looking for volunteers to contribute to the Connected Device Security blog in the areas of Home Electronics, Automotive, Medical or Public Infrastructure.  Feel free to write your perspective on the latest in IoT developments and any security concerns or news in the aforementioned verticals.  Please contact info@iamthecavalry.org for more information.
  • We need assistance with administration of the website.  If you have web admin experience and interest in IoT security, please contact info@iamthecavalry.org.
  • We need assistance with building, sustaining and managing the research library.  This is a great way to get involved if you are new to connected device security.  Please contact in…@iamthecavalry.org for more information.
  • We are looking for people to do research and contribute to building out a matrix of carmakers and their capabilities from our Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Framework. If you are interested, please email info@iamthecavalry.org.

 

Monthly Update: September 2014

Welcome to the September edition of an I Am the Cavalry Monthly Update Newsletter!

This monthly update is dedicated to publishing regular information regarding IATC accomplishments, upcoming activities and our targeted long range plans. This newsletter will inform our colleagues and teammates of the ongoing progress we are making in the public and private sectors as well as how we are positively impacting security and safety in the connected technology landscape.

I’d like to thank the teammates who helped pull this together and nudge us to improve communication. Constructive feedback (and help) is welcome!

We look forward to communicating with you over the coming months!
Sincerely,
Josh Corman

 

Highlights:

 

Achievements:

1st Birthday!

We celebrated our 1st birthday while in Vegas for BSidesLV and DEF CON 22. My how time flies. We decided to give it at least 1 year to see if this was a pursuit capable of having impact. We end Year[0] encouraged. We begin the next year with more experience, more earned wisdom, and more momentum.

 

We published our 1st Open Letter and Security Framework:

5-Star Automotive Cyber Safety Framework

See also the more detailed overview of the Framework:

Detailed 5-Star Automotive Cyber Safety Framework

 

As you might imagine, the Open Letter stimulated a flurry of interest and catalyzed discussions with automakers, OEMs, regulatory bodies, insurers, government, and even the White House. Stay tuned for updates as we can share more. Cliff Notes: “You guys are SPOT ON!”

 

 

Ongoing Projects:

Research Library

The Cavalry is creating a library indexing recent research and articles related to connected device security.  This library will provide security experts with a launching pad for recent work in the field, and serve as a quick reference for those outside of the echo chamber.  If you would like to submit content or help build the library, please email in…@iamthecavalry.org.

5-Star Collateral

In response to specific requests from automotive companies, the Cavalry is creating collateral around the 5-Star Cyber Safety Framework.  This content will enable automotive industry experts to present safety ideas internally or disseminate information at conferences.

I Am the Cavalry Slide Insert

This project aims to create a slide or two that can be added to a presentation slide deck and serve as an easy launching point for connected technology safety discussions.

FAQ

An FAQ is an easy way to centralize and maintain knowledge about our positioning and external messaging. We’d love to receive samples of questions and/or answers you’ve received since becoming a member of this mailing list. Please send FAQ suggestions to in…@iamthecavalry.org.

5-Star Matrix

This matrix is a preliminary draft for categorization and classification of major carmakers and their 5-Star cyber safety capabilities.

Minor Website Updates

We’re always adding and improving our web content.  If you see an issue, please let us know and we will update the pages accordingly.

 

Long Range Future Plans:

Legal Information

Certain activities require legal incorporation, such as engaging with government entities, industry bodies, etc.  We are currently finalizes a few different options for incorporating as a non-profit educational foundation. This corporate structure will allow us to continue to serve our mission in the way we have been – collecting, connecting, collaborating, and catalyzing.

BSides Las Vegas 2015

We are working with BSides Las Vegas organizers to plan I Am the Cavalry activities for BSidesLV 2015. If you have organizational or content suggestions for next year’s conference, please post them to the discussion list or send them to us privately. Videos of some of the sessions from this year’s event can be found on the Irongeek website.

 

Conferences and Events:

Securing the Internet of Things (SIOT) Masters

SIOT Masters was put on by CyberTECH, BuildItSecure.ly and I Am the Cavalry.  It was an afternoon of presentations and conversations about security, privacy and critical infrastructure. At this year’s SIOT Masters, 50 researchers and industry professionals from the Automotive, Medical Device, Public Infrastructure and Home/IoT markets came together to explore how IoT will change lives forever and what must be done to build security into the very fiber of all things.

BSidesLV (Las Vegas)

BSides is an information/ security conference put on by and for the community.  It is 100% volunteer organized and strives to provide the latest security information for free.  At this year’s event, I Am the Cavalry provided a one day track including an introduction, overview and update of our latest activities and accomplishments.  We also hosted interactive presentations and discussions focused on Media, Legal, Public Policy, Career, Burnout, Extreme Altruism, Disclosure and Communication. Videos of some of the sessions can be found on the Irongeek website.

DEF CON 22

DEF CON is the largest and most famous hacker conference, drawing over 15,000 people.  It is a venue for community, networking and the latest information about hacking research and security.  At DEF CON 22, I am The Cavalry kicked off Saturday in the Penn & Teller Theatre with a summary of “Year[0]” : mission, strategy, activities and forward looking plans. We also announced the 5-Star Automotive Cyber Safety Framework.

Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA)

For the first time, I Am the Cavalry hosted an AMA.  The event is intended to better communicate our messaging and dispel any misinformation and miscommunications in the industry.  The online Q&A event was well attended, and received 80+ comments.

Peggy Smedley Show

Patty Smedley had Ben Feinstein on the show and he introduced I Am the Cavalry, its mission, strategy and activities to an IoT and M2M audience.

Robot Overlordz

This podcast featured Josh Corman talking to and answering questions from Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton of Robot Overlordz on the subject of connected device security.

IT Security Guru

I am The Cavalry members Katie Moussouris, Nick Percoco and Joshua Corman joined Dan Raywood, Editor of IT Security Guru, to discuss the IATC’s activities to promote security considerations when building IoT devices.

 

Current & Upcoming Events:

44CON | London, UK | September 10-12, 2014

Beau Woods: I Am the Cavalry: Year [0]

 

Intel IDF | San Francisco, CA | September 10-12, 2014

Joshua Corman: Panel: When Light Bulbs Meet Hacker (incl Chris Valasek)

 

Derbycon | Louisville, KY | September 24-28

Space Rogue and Beau Woods: I Am the Cavalry: Year [0]

“The Cavalry Isn’t Coming… It Falls to All of Us” @iamTheCavalry Workshops

What can YOU do to affect public safety and human life? Please join @iamthecavalry at DerbyCon for workshops on: Medical & Automotive Device Security, Media Training, Communication Skills, and a Knowledge Project to discern which InfoSec beliefs & practices should (and shouldn’t) be taken to the industries we seek to collaborate with.  Thanks to DerbyCon, this year “no ticket” is “no problem”!

Cavalry Workshops and Media Training:

Like last year, the Kennedy/Derby posse is being generous and supportive by donating the same room we used last year for our “Congress”. It will take place at DerbyCon on that Friday, Saturday and Sunday and if you missed out on a Derby Ticket… fear not… no ticket is required.

 

ISC2 Congress | Atlanta, GA | September 29 – October 02, 2014

Joshua Corman: ISLA Keynote and Chapter Leadership Forum Keynote

Joshua Corman will represent I am The Cavalry as both keynote for the ISLA Awards Gala and in an address the International ISC2 Chapter Leads.

 
Related News:

Mainstream Media

The mainstream media news is a great way to get introduced to the Cavalry and the subject of connected device security.  Here you will learn the major industry concerns in non-technical language, and how various researchers are influencing the discussion with projects and fact supported assertions.

 

Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers [Reuters]

How to Keep Your Car from Becoming a High-Tech Death Trap [Huffington Post]

While you were enjoying the weekend: DEF CON edition [Politico]

Hackers Tell Car Makers: Secure Your Vulnerable Vehicles Now [Forbes]

Security experts take aim at the Internet of (unsafe) Things [USA Today]

Hackers to Automakers: Protect Cars From Cyberattacks [NBC News]

The House of Hacking Horrors [BBC News]

 

 

Security/Technology Industry Media

Here is a sample of current industry news about the Cavalry, targeted at the IT, security and high-technology community.

 

At DEF CON, hacker coalition calls for safer computer systems in vehicles [Computer World]

DEF CON’s latest challenge: Hacking altruism [IT World]

Security movement urges automakers to collaborate with researchers [SC Magazine]

Can you stop The Cavalry? [IT Security Guru]

Let us help you defend cars from cyber-attacks: Hacking group to ‘Automotive CEOs’ [TechTimes]
How to Get Involved:

  • We are looking for volunteers to contribute to the Connected Device Security blog in the areas of Home Electronics, Automotive, Medical or Public Infrastructure.  Feel free to write your perspective on the latest in IoT developments and any security concerns or news in the aforementioned verticals.  Please contact in…@iamthecavalry.org for more information.
  • We need assistance with administration of the website.  If you have web admin experience and interest in IoT security, please contact in…@iamthecavalry.org.
  • We need assistance with building, sustaining and managing the research library.  This is a great way to get involved if you are new to connected device security.  Please contact in…@iamthecavalry.org for more information.
  • We are looking for people to do research and contribute to building out a matrix of carmakers and their capabilities from our Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Framework. If you are interested, please email in…@iamthecavalry.org.

Down The Rabbithole Cavalry-esque Discussion

For those of you who don’t already listen to it, the Down The Rabbithole (DtR) podcast is a long-running podcast hosted by Raf Los (aka. Wh1t3 Rabbit) and James Jardine. Over the holiday weekend I was catching up on the podcast and ran across a great Cavalry-esque episode I thought I’d draw your attention to.

On the April 7th Newscast Raf and James discussed the downfall of Windows XP and how this will affect life critical systems. They went beyond the superficial issues and talked about the bad assumptions that have led to decision making failures for several years in the computer technology space. The true costs, they mention, won’t be on the Internet, they’ll come when computer security affects humanity. Our inability to accurately predict the future leads to public safety, human life and trust problems.

They also discuss wholly managed devices, such as the Google Nest thermostat. What are the implications of that management? If an update breaks a device what are the ramifications? They also talked about the fact that the updates themselves can be an attack vector, similar to my comments in the BBC article on ghosts in the Internet of Things.

We’re placing ever more trust in those who are behind our connected systems. We are trusting that they are acting in good faith. And we are trusting that their decision making process is sound. Shouldn’t we KNOW that these decisions are worthy of our trust?

Security of Things Forum

The first inaugural Security of Things Forum was held May 7th. The forum, organized by The Security Ledger Editor in Chief, Paul Roberts, was keynoted by Dan Geer. Mark Stanislav of Duo Security and BuildItSecure.ly, and Josh Corman of Sonatype also spoke at the conference.

CSO Online wrote an article, predominantly driven by Josh’s talk, an updated version of his Swimming with Sharks TEDx presentation.

In the Digital Ocean, predators outnumber protectors

Just because something is scary doesn’t mean it’s a figment of your paranoid imagination…. There is reason to be afraid because the dangers in the digital “ocean” are as real as swimming in a physical ocean of sharks, with blood in the water.

Editor in Chief of IoT World, Rich Quinnell also took the opportunity to write about security of the Internet of Things and introduced his readers to I Am The Cavalry and BuildItSecure.ly.

Security Cavalry is Coming to the Internet of Things

One of the biggest concerns many people have about the Internet of Things is its security. Each point of connection between our systems and services and the wide area network is a potential point of vulnerability to cyberattack, yet security is at best an afterthought in many IoT designs. Something in the way we handle IoT security has got to change, and that is a key goal for a new grassroots organization [called I Am The Cavalry].

Finally, Channelnomics wrote a detailed account of the forum and the security issues in the Internet of Things. Definitely worth a read.

A Dose of Reality in the Rush to Connect All Our Things

“Security is the absence of unmitigatable surprise,” [keynote speaker Dan] Geer told SECoT attendees. “My design goal is ‘no silent failure’.” It the end, it’s not about raining on the IoT parade, said [Forum organizer Paul] Roberts, but rather moving the conversation into a more prudent and defensible space by bringing the vendors and the often insular communities together.

BBC Future Story, Featuring The Cavalry

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Last week BBC Future published a piece called Internet of Things: The ‘ghosts’ that haunt the machine. The article discusses the potential long-term network congestion that could come about from noisy IoT devices. The Cavalry gets a mention and a quote, in the context of the potential for takeover of the devices, either by targeting the endpoints or by taking over expired domains for update servers, etc.

Once the ghost machine is taken over, the potential for damage is considerable, says Beau Woods, a founding member of I Am The Cavalry, an organisation focusing on protecting the general public from digital attacks. “What could someone malicious do if they could modify or replace the software on the device? This could range from pranks, like funny photos on a fridge screen, to making profits by inserting advertisements on your television, to interception by digitally eavesdropping on your home network, to disablement through wrecking the software on the device, to doing physical damage by overloading the electronics or burning out a motor. In automobiles, medical devices, public transport, airplanes and other more critical systems the damage could be much more severe.”

The story hit the front page of the BBC website, which gave us some good exposure to a global audience.