SAN19-200K2 - Keynote: Securing the Billions of Devices Around Us

Session Abstract

Securing the Billions of Devices Around Us - – Ed Nightingale, Partner Director of Engineering, Microsoft Azure Sphere
The next decade promises the democratization of connectivity to every device. Significant drops in the cost of connectivity mean that every form of electrical device—every child’s toy, every household’s appliances, and every sensor—will become connected to the Internet. Tens of billions of these devices are controlled by microcontrollers, a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity.  What is required to secure these billions of devices?  Microsoft defines 7 properties that define the minimum standard for any device connecting to the internet and in this talk we’ll dive into each as we make the case for a better standard for security and connectivity.

Session Speakers

Ed Nightingale

Partner Director of Engineering (Microsoft)

Ed  Nightingale has been part of Azure Sphere from its inception and has filled many different roles as the product has grown from research to product.  Currently, Ed is the Partner Director of Engineering for Azure Sphere where he is responsible for the overall software and hardware engineering effort on the team. Prior to Azure Sphere,  Ed was a systems researcher and software engineer. Ed has authored papers in top systems conferences such as OSDI and SOSP. He has co-authored 20 conference and journal publications, has won 6 best paper awards, and even helped to set the world record in disk-to-disk sorting ( He has also worked as an engineer and as an engineering manager running a large-scale distributed storage service. Ed really enjoys building operating systems and large-scale distributed systems.

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