Electrical Engineer, Inventor, Hardware Hacker, Founder at Grand Idea Studio
Joe Grand is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, and the founder of Grand Idea Studio. He specializes in creating, exploring, and manipulating electronic devices and has two decades of production manufacturing experience. Formerly known as Kingpin, Joe was technological juvenile delinquent and a member of the legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, where he participated in the infamous 1998 testimony before the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and helped bring the hacker mindset to a mainstream audience. He was also a co-host of Discovery Channel’s Prototype This, an engineering entertainment program that followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype every episode. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University and a Doctorate of Science in Technology (Honorary) degree from the University of Advancing Technology.
Within the electronics lifecycle, there lie weaknesses that can be exploited by those looking to subvert, monitor, manipulate, or intentionally damage your product or service. While embedded security is
finally a topic discussed by engineers, it is difficult to properly implement given our need to meet stringent development timeframes, budgetary constraints, and manufacturing requirements.
As a professional engineer straddling the fence with the hacker world, Joe Grand’s perspective is relevant and disturbing. In this presentation, Joe will discuss the hardware hacking process, common attack vectors, and recommendations to help make systems more secure, with a caveat about why absolute security will never be guaranteed.