Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Applied Communication Sciences
Basking Ridge, NJ

Challenges and Approaches to Securing Smart Devices

Abstract: It is expected that 1.5 billion smartphones will be in use throughout the world by the end of this year and close to 200 million tablets are expected to be sold this year. Smart devices are increasingly store and transmit sensitive user data. Various government agencies are also starting to consider the use of commercial smart devices in operational environments including the tactical environment where they would carry sensitive and even classified data. The security of smart devices continues to be a major concern because existing solutions have limited capabilities. A key concern is ensuring the integrity of the smart device and various root of trust approaches are currently being explored to address that concern. Another concern is the wide use of applications from application marketplaces. Over 50 billion smartphone app downloads are expected this year. The vetting of these applications is a key concern and several research efforts are focusing in this area. This talk will discuss the challenges for securing smart devices and various approaches that are under consideration in current research efforts.

Biography:  Dr. Petros Mouchtaris is the Chief Operating Officer of Applied Communication Sciences helping the organization achieve its financial and strategic goals. Petros has over 20 years of experience in research and development. Prior to joining Telcordia, he was Director of Product Development at Oracle Corporation and Technical Director at Pacific Bell (now part of AT&T). Petros has made many contributions and published extensively in the areas of voice-over-IP, wireless networks, cyber security and more recently in security for the smart grid. Petros co-wrote the first book on the topic, “Security for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks,” with Farooq Anjum. Petros was elected a Telcordia/ACS Fellow and made Billing and OSS Worlds’ List of the 25 Most Influential People in Telecom Software in 2011. Dr. Mouchtaris holds a Bachelors degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and both an MS and a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology.