Meet the Presenter: John McNabb

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Mar 082012

Water is something all of us take for granted.  Have you ever thought about how the water gets from the source to your house, though?  There is more technology between you and a glass of water than you think.  John McNabb will talk about some of the potential dangers in his presentation, “Vulnerabilities of Control Systems in Drinking Water Utilities” at Notacon 9.

Who do you feel would benefit most from your presentation?

Anyone who drinks water or is concerned about the security of critical infrastructures. While enormous time, attention, and funds are being expended to secure the electrical grid – with limited results so far – almost nothing is being done to secure the control systems of the drinking water infrastructure.

What one concept or viewpoint would you like Notacon participants to walk away with?

Our concern over IT security should not be just on the hardware and software itslef but also on the environment they are used in and the potential impacts of a breach or intrusion. Control systems in driniking water systems are vulnerable to attack with potetially dire consequences.

When did you become interested in hacker culture and hacker conferences?

In 2005 when I started to work full time in IT. However, I was also very interested in hacker culture decades earlier when I played with computers in high school and read science fiction stories about computers and their potential impacts on society.

What other passions do you have, besides those covered in your presentation?

I am interested and concerned about privacy, civil liberties, democracy, and how they are impacted by advances in technology, and also environmental protection.

What excites you most about Notacon 9?

I love attending local hackercons especially those with their own character.

Any final thoughts or statements you’d like to share with the community.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to speak on this important topic!


You can’t see John’s presentation unless you’re at Notacon 9! Register now!

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