Nate Seidle, the CEO of SparkFun Electronics, was asked during a live AMA today about the security of the Internet of Things. He recalled an anecdote about politicians who refute climate change studies because they claim the data was collected improperly. This was discussed in the context of a secure data logging service and why it may be important to authenticate your sensor and your sensor’s data. Nate wrote the forward to my book as well where he had some more insightful comments about device security. Nate also had some kind words to say about me while answering the question 🙂
Working with SparkFun has been great. It started with my hacker-in-residence which resulted in the development of the CryptoCape. The goal of this project was to design a platform on which fellow hackers could build security applications. Some of these devices aren’t the easiest to use, but with the hookup guide, screencasts, and book, I’ve tried to provide some examples. I’ve received positive feedback, but there’s still a long road ahead to make these tools easier to use.
To help, I’ve created
debian.cryptotronix.com to host armhf debian packages for CryptoCape software. Mainly, it includes newer builds of TPM related software and a debian package of
hashlet. If you follow the instructions on that page, installing the software should be as easy as:
sudo apt-get install cryptocape
Hopefully this helps make installation a little bit easier. I’ll be adding more software to that repository, which you should be able to pick up with the normal
One of SparkFun’s best qualities is that they not only provide the tools, but they spend equal, if not more time, teaching people how to build these tools themselves. I have certainly benefited from SparkFun’s tutorials and I’m very happy that I get to help provide some of this material.