Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Safeguarding the IoT: Designing security from the ground up

Hugo Fiennes (Electric Imp)
4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 10 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Attendees should have a high level understanding of the Internet of Things and a basic knowledge of information security.


As more and more products within the home and workplace gain internet connectivity and computing power, the importance of keeping them secure is coming into sharp focus.

The number of everyday devices becoming part of the internet is growing geometrically – some 50 billion are expected to be in homes and workplaces by 2020, according to Cisco – and the opportunity for mischief-making and criminal activity is expanding in direct proportion to the sum of devices being connected.

Manufacturers and designers of connected products must therefore view security as an ongoing concern, not a one-off issue or afterthought. Safeguarding the IoT: Designing security from the ground up will examine in detail the key aspects of building and deploying secure Internet of Things devices, including hardware security, link security, identity, device updating, and servers, amongst others.

The presentation will also analyze the various critical issues and vulnerabilities, such as identity management and authentication, that must be addressed to ensure secure connected products.

Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp, will inform the topic through his years of experience as manager of the iPhone hardware team at Apple, hardware designer and architect of the Nest Thermostat hardware, and head of the leading IoT connectivity platform.

Hugo Fiennes

Electric Imp

Hugo Fiennes is CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp, an innovative and powerful Internet of Things-based cloud service and hardware platform that makes it simple to connect devices to the internet. Hugo began developing hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s and has been building useful and successful things ever since. After designing many MP3 players for Rio, Hugo led Apple’s hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking iPhone, and was then an early advisor to Nest Labs, architecting the hardware for their first thermostat product, before starting Electric Imp in 2011. Hugo graduated first honors from University of Warwick in Coventry, England with a degree in computer systems engineering.