Security awareness, Third-party risk

Why Our Right to Repair Is Critical To Securing The Internet Of Things – Paul Roberts – ESW #287

From its origins a decade ago, the grassroots movement to enshrine in law the right to repair our stuff (read: cell phones, laptops, home appliances, cars, machinery) has morphed into a potent, global movement. Today, much of the debate over right to repair laws has focused on issues like concentrations of market power by large corporations and anti-competitive behavior with regard to service and repair of "smart," connected products. However, there is a less-discussed but equally potent argument in favor of repair: cybersecurity and data privacy. In this conversation, Paul Roberts, the founder of SecuRepairs.org (pron: Secure Repairs), talks about the dire state of device security on the Internet of Things and how efforts by manufacturers to limit access to software updates, diagnostic tools and parts exacerbates IoT cyber risk, even as it burdens consumers and the environment.

Segment Resources:

Securepairs.org: https://securepairs.org

Fight to Repair Newsletter: https://fighttorepair.substack.com

The Security Ledger: https://securityledger.com

Full episode and show notes

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Guest

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
Founder, SecuRepairs (pron: Secure Repairs), Publisher, The Security Ledger at SecuRepairs.org

Paul Roberts is the founder of SecuRepairs (pron: Secure Repairs)(securepairs.org), a volunteer group of more than 200 information technology and information security professionals who support a legal right to repair. He is also the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Security Ledger (securityledger.com), an independent security news website that explores the intersection of cyber security with the Internet of Things.

Paul is a seasoned reporter, editor and industry analyst with more than a decade of experience covering the information technology security space. His writing about cyber security has appeared in publications including Mother Jones; The Christian Science Monitor; MIT Technology Review; The Economist Intelligence Unit; CIO Magazine; ZDNet and Fortune Small Business. He has appeared on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report and The Oprah Show.

Prior to launching The Security Ledger, Paul worked as a Senior Analyst in The 451 Group’s Enterprise Security Practice and held positions as a senior writer and editor at noted industry publications including Threatpost, Infoworld and eWeek and The IDG News Service.

Hosts

Joe South
Joe South
Sr Content Creator at CyberRisk Alliance
Katie Teitler
Katie Teitler
Senior Security Strategist at Axonius
Tyler Robinson
Tyler Robinson
Director of Offensive Security & Research at Trimarc and Founder & CEO of Dark Element at Trimarc Security
Tyler Shields
Tyler Shields
CMO at JupiterOne
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