KEYNOTE 1: Joe Grand aka Kingpin (President, Grand Idea Studio)

Presentation Title Hardware is the New Software
Presentation Abstract

Society thrives on an ever increasing use of technology. Electronics are embedded into nearly everything we touch. Hardware products are being relied on for security-related applications and are inherently trusted, though many are completely susceptible to compromise with simple classes of attacks that have been known for decades.

Bolstered by the flourishing hobbyist electronics/do-it-yourself movement, easy access to equipment, and realtime information sharing courtesy of the internet, hardware is an area of computer security that can no longer be overlooked. In this session, Joe will explore the hardware hacking process and share some of his favorite attacks against electronic devices.

About Joe Grand

Joe Grand (aka Kingpin) is an electrical engineer, hardware hacker, and president of Grand Idea Studio, Inc. (, where he specializes in the invention, design, and licensing of consumer products and modules for electronics hobbyists. He is a former member of the legendary hacker collective L0pht Heavy Industries and has spent almost two decades finding security flaws in hardware devices and educating engineers on how to increase the security of their designs.

Joe was a co-host of Prototype This, an engineering entertainment program on Discovery Channel and is the sole proprietor of Kingpin Empire (, a hacker-inspired project that gives back to the computer underground, technology, and health communities through charitable donations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University.