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Computer Security and Privacy for Emerging Technologies: Implantable Medical Devices and Household Robots

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April 6, 2010 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 280B

Room 280B

Today's and tomorrow's emerging technologies have the potential to greatly improve the quality of our lives. Without the appropriate checks and balances, however, these emerging technologies have the potential to also compromise our digital (and physical) security and privacy. A key goal of the University of Washington Computer Security Lab is to help guide us toward a future that benefits from the advantages of these future technologies but with minimal risk.

This talk will examine two strands of our research: computer security and privacy for implantable medical devices and computer security and privacy future household robots. We will describe our experimental results assessing the security and privacy of a current generation wireless implantable defibrillator and three currently available household robots. We will then discuss implications of our experimental analyses, challenges, and possible directions for improving the security of future versions of these technologies.

Tamara Denning is a PhD student in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. Tadayoshi Kohno is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington.

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