Why nomintated: Ben Seri’s work in the IoT space specifically around BlueBorne, the first airborne IoT vulnerabilities impacting more than five billion devices globally, and BLEEDINGBIT, chip- level vulnerabilities used in the fabric of internet infrastructure. Seri has fought against the fast-paced creation and adoption of IoT devices that are created and deployed with security in mind. His mission is to help shed light on the enterprise risk that IoT poses, and enable its secure use.
Profile: Seri’s focus on IoT and in particular identifying airborne threats led to the discover in the last year of BLEEDINGBIT, two zero- day vulnerabilities in Texas Instruments BLE chips used in Cisco, Meraki and Aruba wireless access points. Once such an access point is breached malware can move laterally in the system effectively breaking network segmentation, a traditionally trusted form of enterprise security. The BLEEDINGBIT vulnerabilities are the latest in airborne threats that can be exploited remotely via the air, unlike most attacks conducted through the Internet thus allowing an unauthenticated perpetrator to penetrate a secure network of which they are not a member and operate virtually undetected. Airborne attacks are virally contagious in nature, allowing the attack to spread to any device in the vicinity of the initial breach.
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