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Published: 22 Oct 2012

In an industry where most people have narrowly focused specialties, Nate Lawson is the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. He was the lead designer of RealSecure, the first commercial IDS, designed the BD+ DRM scheme for Blu-ray, and has dabbled in hardware security. Now running his own consultancy, Root Labs, Lawson is putting his skills to work to embed security into devices. Nate Lawson Devices like the iPhone have full computing capabilities, but security seems to be a challenge. Do you expect to see more devices with embedded security? Yes, I think embedded security is a growing segment that is underserved by security firms. As software becomes the most valuable asset on a device, even vendors of cell phones, MP3 players and game consoles are adding protection. The number of devices that could benefit from signed code updates is staggering. Your PC has numerous devices that are flash-updatable, and none of them use digital signatures. There is no protection against bricking the device or installing a rootkit that survives a full OS reinstall. The ... Access >>>

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