Chris Poulin is Principal/Director for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group, where he leads the Internet of Things and Threat Intelligence R&D activities for the Cyber Futures team. He has filled a number of roles in information security spanning 32 years, most recently focusing on the IoT, with a specialty in connected cars, as well as threat intelligence and cognitive computing. Chris began his career as a software developer in the United States Air Force and managing global intelligence networks for the National Reconnaissance Office. He separated from the military to leverage his leadership skills to found and build FireTower, Inc., a successful information security consulting firm serving many Fortune 100 clients. After selling his company, Chris joined Q1 Labs, a startup in the Security Information and Event Management space, as Chief Security Officer. Q1 Labs was acquired by IBM, where Chris spent the last five years researching and analyzing security trends in cybercrime, cyberwarfare, corporate espionage, hacktivism, and emerging threats as a research strategist for IBM’s X-Force Research & Development team.
The Internet of Things gives us opportunities to transform everyday life into frictionless interactions between humans and machines. However, that also means the technological attack surface is everything. Makers learning how to build IoT devices must also learn how to build safe, secure, and compliant devices.