Security by Obscurity: The Flip-Side of the Compliance Coin

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Bringing an idea from prototype to product involves challenges, including the need to comply with international standards and government regulations. This is especially true in industries such as construction, pharmaceutical and transportation, where lives are at stake. Regulatory and compliance requirements help create safer, more reliable products. Moreover, well-defined standards for interfaces, protocols and architecture elements add granularity, enable collaboration between manufacturers and are instrumental in creating global ecosystems.

Standards and compliance assure a level of quality and interoperability, but from a malicious agent’s point of view, they level the playing field in terms of attack surface. An attacker that finds a design flaw in a standard such as the HTTP suite or a security vulnerability can leverage the system’s widespread use to expand the reach of an attack campaign.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • How compliance and standardization can amplify the spread of malware and increase the damage rendered by security vulnerabilities
  • Why the automotive industry is an intriguing example of how the old-fashioned notion of ‘security by obscurity’ can efficiently contain potential harm


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Mike Gillespie

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Advent IM Ltd

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Michael Hill

Former Editor, Infosecurity Magazine

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Matan Scharf

Manager of Automotive Solutions, Synopsys

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