Interview with Sam Boswell. Engineering Manager, CTO, IoT, security, geek.
Hi Sam. How are you?
Really well thanks Andy, good to chat to you today!
What are you working on at the mo?
Currently my 9-5 (ish) role is with Device Authority, where we build a platform called KeyScaler – a cyber security platform for IoT (internet of things) I look after the engineering team here as we build out the leading platform for IoT identity, security and management. We work across a ton of different markets, but currently focusing on medical (surgical robots, drug delivery systems), industrial (smart factories, CNC, robots), and automotive (connected vehicles, connected autonomous vehicles)
That sounds interesting. How does it help users?
The biggest issues for IoT security are that traditional models of identity and access control don’t scale with the volume of devices needed. This has led to a bunch of approaches such as default credentials baked into devices that can’t be changed, and this leads to issues such as the Mirai botnets, and leaking of sensitive data. KeyScaler automates the process of building trust to devices, delivering certificates for PKI and setting up ongoing device monitoring, updates and more! By automating this work, we reduce costs for our customers, and remove the ever vulnerable human in the loop!
What aspect of Device Authority are you most proud of?
The team! We’ve got an awesome collection of people with a wide range of specialities – in cryptography, security, embedded software and high level server side development. The team here and across the globe work so well together.
What do you see as the next phase for Device Authority?
A lot of our focus at the moment is building out further integrations to support our customers integrating in lots of different verticals. We allow customers to deploy on-prem, Saas, or in a number of cloud environments such as Azure – and it’s important that we get the benefits from all of these different routes.
What did you do before Device Authority?
Before Device Authority, I’ve worked in the startup world, and bespoke software, helping to grow and lead engineering teams on a number of projects, as well as maintaining my own presence under the Deciphered brand where I can do some consulting and code work to keep my hand in!
This work stuff is great but who are you outside of work?
Outside work I enjoy a fairly wide set of outdoor hobbies, climbing especially. A technology interest keeps me tinkering on the bleeding edge in cybersecurity and AI/ML, a bit of pc gaming thrown in and as an avid reader, my kindle travels everywhere with me.
Thanks for your time Sam. I’ll be following with interest!
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