Profile

Cover photo
Stephen Cobb
Works at ESET
Attends University of Leicester
Lives in San Diego
306,426 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1'sReviews

Stream

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
There's some good news here - the devices can be patched remotely (yes, I know remote patching is an attack vector, but...). Also, good comments from fellow ESET researcher Lysa Myers.
Medical device maker St. Jude Medical on Monday began deploying software designed to protect its remote monitoring system for implantable pacemaker and defibrillator devices. The move came on the heels of the U.S. food and Drug Administration's warning that the company's Merlin@home Transmitter contained vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Charging D-Link with weak router and webcam security is not the first IoT-related FTC action and, when you examine the context, it doesn't look like it will be the last.
The US Federal Trade Commission has again acted on its serious concerns about data privacy and security in the Internet of Things (IoT). This time D-Link webcams and routers are the focus. Stephen Cobb puts this latest FTC move in context.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Useful reading if friends and family keep asking you to be their IT support person, from my friend and fellow ESET researcher, David Harley.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Currently scripting a voice over for this video...fascinating hummingbird behavior.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Some observations on 25 years in security research, as reflected in published artifacts.
Twenty-five years ago this month McGraw-Hill published a book I wrote about computer and network security. And the first thing I tell people about this book is that I did not put the word "complete" in the title! That was the...
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
My ESET colleague Aryeh Goretsky, a multiple MVP who knows more about Windows than anyone else I know, looks at the security and privacy changes in Windows 10 Anniversary update.
With analysts predicting a big shift to Windows 10 in the enterprise in 2017, a new ESET white paper looks at security and privacy changes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the build that Microsoft expects its business customers to run on the majority of their desktop computers.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
This story is interesting for several reasons (and not just because it quotes me - the journalist, Gary Robbins, did a lot of groundwork and spoke to a range of experts). I see the San Diego Union Tribune's move to deepen its coverage of cybersecurity in recent months as a reflection just how "mainstream" this topic has become, and how critical to national life and international relations. 
They’ve stolen money from banks in England, knocked out electrical power in the Ukraine and interfered with the latest presidential election cycle in the United States.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Very impressed with this online voiceover service my brother helped create. Beautifully coded site makes it easy to audition a voice, book them, record, pay and done. Without leaving your desk.

(I've done voiceovers for friends in the past, but I'm not a pro - VoxXpress artists are the real deal and by all accounts a joy to work with. I know they are used by some of the world's top brands.)
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Interesting array of sources cited on a complex topic. I also said "Unfortunately, cyberspace is categorically different from the physical world in which our traditional notions of attack and counter-attack were formed, starting with the problem of attribution which makes it very hard to know who attacked you. Even if you think you know who attacked, they could be geographically dispersed and hard to strike at, and chances are anyone attacking the US would be less dependent on cyberinfrastructure than we are. So the best way to resolve cyberconflicts may end up being through diplomacy rather than hacking back, but that is unlikely to satisfy the desire for swift and decisive revenge."
A future war is likely to involve pixels as much as missiles.
1
Add a comment...

Stephen Cobb

Shared publicly  - 
 
Looking forward to discussing "Non-State actors, dynamic groups and individuals capable of leveling both the cybersecurity and political landscape" with Anish Bhimani from JPMorgan Chase at this year's San Diego CyberFest.
1
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Cybersecurity research
Introduction
I'm a cybersecurity researcher dedicated to helping people get the most out of their IT investments by minimizing the downsides, like security breaches and fraud. These days I work for ESET, an international company on the forefront of information security innovation and the fight against cybercrime. In past lives I've been a best-selling author and cofounder of several successful security companies. I've been a CISSP since 1996 and was producer on an award-winning documentary about the civil rights struggle in America. In my spare time I try to raise awareness of hemochromatosis, the most common genetic killer in America.
Bragging rights
CISSP since 1996. Sold over 1 million books. Had a brief niche bestseller. US citizen longer than Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Education
  • University of Leicester
    Criminology, 2014 - present
    MSc in Security and Risk Management
  • King Henry VIII School, Coventry
    Economics and English, 1964 - 1970
  • University of Leeds
    English and Religion, 1971 - 1974
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
In a relationship
Work
Occupation
Help people get the most out of technology
Employment
  • ESET
    Security Evangelist, 2011 - present
  • NCSA, InfoSec Labs, Rainbow, ePrivacy Group, STSN/iBAHN, Monetate
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
San Diego
Previously
Upstate New York - Florida - Scotland - San Francisco - North Dakota - Ontario - Coventry, England
Stephen Cobb's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
FTC IoT privacy and security push points out D-Link router and webcam flaws
www.welivesecurity.com

The US Federal Trade Commission has again acted on its serious concerns about data privacy and security in the Internet of Things (IoT). Thi

A quarter of a century of computer and network security research and wri...
scobbs.blogspot.com

Twenty-five years ago this month McGraw-Hill published a book I wrote about computer and network security. And the first thing I tell people

At least 15% of home routers are unsecured
www.welivesecurity.com

Tests show that software vulnerabilities and weak passwords are common in home routers, with up to 15% of them being unsecured.

The Effective CISO Survey: A call for participation
scobbs.blogspot.com

Are you a CISO? Do you work for or with a CISO? If you answered yes to any of those questions, please consider taking the 12 minute survey I

Researching Mr. Robot, Elliot's world, and cybersecurity at Comic-Con
www.welivesecurity.com

At Comic-Con 2016, ESET explores the "real" world of Mr. Robot, has a VR adventure, and looks for cybersecurity clues in Elliot's room.

Sizing the Cyber Skills Gap: A white paper
scobbs.blogspot.com

Whether you're in charge of the security of your organization’s data and systems, or working in IT security, or looking for a career, it is

20 years of CISSP, ELOFANTs and other cybersecurity acronyms
scobbs.blogspot.com

This article is about some things I don't know, and some other things that you might not know. For example, I don't know who was the first p

Windows 10 Security and Privacy: In-depth review and analysis
www.welivesecurity.com

As Windows 10 nears its one year anniversary, WeLiveSecurity gives an in-depth review of the operating system from a security and privacy pe

Is the federal government doing enough to catch and prosecute computer c...
www.welivesecurity.com

With ransomware running rampant we asked Americans if they thought the US federal government was doing enough to catch and prosecute compute

Network ELOFANTS and other insider threat insights from the DBIR and beyond
www.welivesecurity.com

An ELOFANT is an "Employee Left Or Fired, Access Not Terminated" and these ghost account insiders can undermine your organization's informat

What the CISSP? 20 years as a Certified Information Systems Security Pro...
www.welivesecurity.com

Reflecting on 20 years of CISSP, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional qualification from (ISC)2, the International Inform

GDPR Day: countdown to a global privacy and security regimen?
www.welivesecurity.com

This thing called GDPR will impact data security and privacy policy at many US firms when it takes effect two years from today. Start learni

Privacy and security fears - predictably - impact US online commerce
www.welivesecurity.com

US government data say 45% curtail online activity due to privacy and security fears, which is sad but not surprising because we could see t

Security Bulletin: Steps you should take to fix a Java SE security risk ...
www.welivesecurity.com

Steps you should take to fix a Java SE security risk on your computer, a message from Oracle, broadcast by ESET, as requested by the FTC.

Healthcare data breaches lead more patients to withhold information from...
www.welivesecurity.com

New survey suggests medical data breaches increase the number of patients who hold back information from doctors due to concerns about the s

Hemochromatosis (excess iron) raises risk of heart arrhythmia, cirrhosis
www.belmarrahealth.com

Hemochromatosis (excess iron) raises the risk of heart arrhythmia and cirrhosis of the liver.

Cybersecurity and manufacturers: what the costly Chrysler Jeep hack reveals
www.welivesecurity.com

As the cost of fixing security mistakes in Jeep Chrysler Dodge vehicles mounts, so does the need for manufacturers to weigh cybersecurity ri

HFE testing: an open letter to the American College of Medical Genetics ...
celticcurse.org

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) wants to limit your access to your genes, like whether or not you carry the pot

Whistleblower claims cybersecurity firm hacked clients
www.welivesecurity.com

A cybersecurity firm is accused of hacking into potential clients in order to extort potential customers, according to Engadget.

ESET Research: Operation Buhtrap
www.welivesecurity.com

Operation Buhtrap is a mix of two words: “Buhgalter” and “trap”. “Buhgalter” means “accountant” in Russian.

Thanks to the new management of the awesome building in which I work (the ESET building) we were treated to a generous sampling of Donut Bar delights. They are the best donuts I've had, by far, in as long as I can remember. That includes my first - Tim Horton's in Canada in the mid-1970s - and the place I ate the most, on the ground floor of the office my wife and I rented on Polk St. in San Francisco in the 1980s. I think the donut has, in general, declined in the decades since. But these, these are worth the walk from Little Italy. Most notable are the maple/bourbon, the crème brûlée, the caramel latté, and of course the maple bacon (yes, with actual bacon, and actually a great pairing).
• • •
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
In my opinion Dr. Gamagami is everything you need in a surgeon. He has experience, confidence, and commitment to excellence. I'm not a medical professional, but as far as I can tell Dr. Gamagami did a fine job of removing my left adrenal gland after my primary (Dr. Adam Pacal) and my nefrologist (Dr. Jadwiga Alexiewicz) had determined (with help from Dr. James Lyon's venous sampling) that I had primary aldosteronism caused by an adenoma on my left adrenal. Both Dr. Pacal and Dr. Alexiewicz recommended Dr. Gamagami as "the" surgeon for this operation and I can see why. I am over 60 and this was the first operation I had ever had, in fact the first time I had spent the night in a hospital bed. Dr. Gamagami answered all of my questions before the operation and afterwards. I felt I was in good hands throughout.
• • •
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
3 reviews
Map
Map
Map