10 security Ted Talks you can’t miss

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We know you’re busy, that’s why we invested the time to find you the 10 Security TED talks that you really can’t miss. These talks tackle some of the biggest security challenges of our time, from securing medical devices to how cyber-attacks can threaten world peace. Some of them will be given by security experts you know, and other talks here by those who may be new to you. Some are recent, others were recorded years ago, but are just (if not more) relevant today. We think you’ll be better for having taken the time to listen and consider their messages.

TED Talk: Hackers: the Internet's immune system
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TED Talk: Hackers: the Internet's immune system

Speaker: Keren Elazari
Time: 16:39

Cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari explains how, by exposing vulnerabilities in software and systems that hackers force the networked world to evolve and improve by demanding that the Internet becomes stronger and more resilient.

 

TED Talk: Fighting viruses, defending the net
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TED Talk: Fighting viruses, defending the net

Speaker: Mikko Hypponen
Time: 17:34

Computer viruses have been with us for more than 30 years. Mikko Hyppönen has ideas he wants to share about how these digital infestations can be stopped once and for all from threatening the Internet.

 

TED Talk: Hire the hackers!
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TED Talk: Hire the hackers!

Speaker: Misha Glenny
Time: 18:39

Governments and businesses alike make considerable investments (although many contend not enough, still) to make sure that their networks and data are secure. In this talk, Misha Glenny argues, based on what he observed through his profiling of several convicted hackers, that society should be putting these hackers to work, rather than in prison.

TED Talk: All your devices can be hacked
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TED Talk: All your devices can be hacked

Speaker: Avi Rubin
Time: 16:56

To this day I still find it challenging explaining to some how the Internet of Things changes the nature of security risks. It’s one thing to have access to a server denied through denial-of-service attacks, or data destroyed by malware – it’s another to have factory floors compromised. In this talk, expert Avi Rubin shows not only that hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, but clearly tells of the dangers of an ever more connected and vulnerable network. 

TED Talk: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace
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TED Talk: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace

Speaker: Guy-Philippe Goldstein
Time: 9:24

Since the Stuxnet worm struck, the world has been very aware of nation-state involvement in cyber attacks. Today it’s a very real possibility that stealthy attacks could hit the critical infrastructure of any nation and that the attribution of those attacks could very well be impossible. In this talk, author Guy-Philippe Goldstein talks about how cyberattacks can bridge the digital and physical divide and even cause armed conflict.

 

TED Talk: Governments don't understand cyber warfare. We need hackers
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TED Talk: Governments don't understand cyber warfare. We need hackers

Speaker: Rodrigo Bijou
Time: 9:28

In this talk, Rodrigo Bijou makes the argument that when it comes to cyberwar, non-state actors rule the day – activists, criminals, corporations, and others. And just as the online world is a proven recruiting ground for terrorists, the surveillance programs run by governments are themselves exploitable. Security analyst Rodrigo Bijou argues that it’s time for governments to end their mass online surveillance and for everyone to step up and secure the Internet.

 

TED Talk: What’s wrong with your pa$$w0rd?
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TED Talk: What’s wrong with your pa$$w0rd?

Speaker: Lorrie Faith Cranor
Time: 17:42

At Carnegie Mellon University Lorrie Faith Cranor studied a lot of real passwords - thousands of real passwords to be exact. And the research revealed very common mistakes almost everyone makes when it comes to their own passwords. How she studied the passwords, the findings, and the techniques used to crack passwords all make this talk worth your time.

TED Talk: The 1s and 0s behind cyber warfare
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TED Talk: The 1s and 0s behind cyber warfare

Speaker: Chris Domas
Time: 16:45

Chris Domas is a security researcher who specializes in embedded systems reverse-engineering and vulnerability analysis, and understanding how to manipulate electronic devices. In this talk, Domas shows how researchers can use pattern recognition and how they reverse engineer software to learn how to exploit and better understand the device and its associated software.

 

TED Talk: A vision of crimes in the future
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TED Talk: A vision of crimes in the future

Speaker: Marc Goodman
Time: 19:25

Marc Goodman, author of the book Future Crimes (a worthwhile read, by the way), says that as the world becomes increasingly open there will be significant implications that are both good and bad. In this talk, where Goodman talks of a dangerous technology-driven future, is a must see for anyone involved in information security.

 

TED Talk: Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it
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TED Talk: Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it

Speaker: James Lyne
Time: 17:26

Even security experts and the technically savvy can fall for the ploys of attackers. So often we get caught up worrying about APTs and sophisticated attacks that we overlook the everyday risks in our routines. Here, James Lyne reminds us that it's not only nation states and sophisticated criminals that we need to worry about, but everyday cybercriminals who are able to plug into sophisticated tools to exploit weak systems and unprepared minds.