Securing Robot Mosquitoes with Laser Beams for Eyes in the Enterprise

March 21, 2012 (at 1:30 p.m.) in Defense & Management

One day employees start bringing robot mosquitoes into the office. They have robot mosquitoes at home and just they’re so damn useful for checking mail, making appointments, singing naptime songs, and spying over the neighbor’s fence. So why wouldn’t they? Your security policy doesn’t expressly forbid robot mosquitoes with laser beams for eyes or anything like it so here they are: riding the internal WiFi, carrying who knows what diseases and parasites from public, cyber ponds, melting the plastic plants, boiling the water cooler, and causing all sorts of other disruptions. Before you can ban them though you see that the CEO starts to bring his robot mosquito with laser beams for eyes in too. And he wants you not only support it but to make sure it doesn’t get hacked. Sounds familiar, right?

There will always be new technologies. Many of those new technologies pose new risks, perhaps even risks we hadn’t considered as risky to us before. So someone has to secure those new technologies. But how do we secure something we know so little about? Well, there’s a methodology for that. This talk will cover how to test new technologies, how to create the right policy for them, and how to control them, including robot mosquitoes with laser beams for eyes.

Pete Herzog

About the Trainer Pete Herzog is a security professional, neuro-hacker and managing director for the non-profit security research organization, ISECOM. He created the first social engineering methodology for quantifiable testing of human security for OSSTMM 2.1 in 2002. By 2003 he created Trust Metrics for measuring the amount of trust one can put in anything in a quantifiable manner which was added to OSSTMM 3 in 2010. In 2009 Herzog began working with brainwave scanners and tDCS to directly manipulate the brain and understand how people learn and focus attention. In 2013 he released the Security Awareness Learning Tactics (SALT) project to specifically design security awareness based on the neuro research. You can read more about Pete here: