Avast CEO Keynote at Collision 2017 to Explore Dark Side of Internet of Things

On-stage ransomware experiment will reveal IoT security and privacy risks to drive education and protection

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--()--Vince Steckler, Avast’s chief executive officer, will speak at Collision 2017 on the real impact of Internet of Things (IoT) security and discuss the technology industry’s role in putting security at the heart of IoT innovation. Steckler will share new research and also stage a ransomware experiment to show how easy it is for cybercriminals to access insecure devices and use these against the public for wider harm. Joining Avast in 2009, Steckler has transformed the company into a full-service, global security provider that uses next-generation threat detection technologies to advance its mission of making the internet safe and accessible for more than 400 million consumers and businesses.

Security often gets overlooked in IoT development, as evidenced by recent Avast research, which found that one in six connected devices in the U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks. At Collision 2017, Steckler will discuss how cybercriminals exploit vulnerabilities in popular smart home devices to control the devices for spying, accessing personal information, stealing online identities, or building sophisticated botnets to deliver damage to our global digital infrastructure.

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2 p.m. CDT.

Where: Collision 2017, New Orleans, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Binate.io Stage

Who: Vince Steckler, Chief Executive Officer of Avast

What: Live demonstration and discussion focused on the dark side of IoT

During Collision, Steckler will also judge business pitches by startup companies and participate in a panel on building and scaling global companies on the Startup University stage.

These panels include:

  • May 3, 2017, 11:15 a.m. CDT: Startup Pitch Judging, Pitch Stage
  • May 4, 2017, 2:55 p.m. CDT: Scaling without Skimping on Quality, Startup University Stage

Media: If you are interested in speaking with Vince Steckler, please contact pr@avast.com.

About Collision

Collision (https://collisionconf.com/), created by the team behind Web Summit, is America’s fastest-growing tech conference. In four years, Collision has grown to 20,000 attendees from more than 50 countries. Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest-growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media.

About Avast

Avast (www.avast.com), the global leader in digital security products for businesses and consumers, protects over 400 million people online. Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs and others. Avast is backed by leading global private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.

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Avast CEO Vince Steckler will speak at Collision 2017 on the real impact of Internet of Things (IoT) security, staging a ransomware experiment to show security's critical role in IoT innovation.