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ISACA’s Threatcasting Labs to Tackle IoT, AI and Home Automation Security Threats

It’s impossible to predict the future with absolute certainty. However, ISACA, along with Arizona State University and the Army Cyber Institute, is aiming to get as close as possible to doing just that by using threatcasting to envision future risks—as well as by releasing its own threatcasting labs to help professionals do the same.

As a founding member of Arizona State University’s Threatcasting Lab committee, global information and technology association ISACA is among the government, corporate, non-profit, military and academic stakeholder groups that model potential future threats that could arise 10 years into the future—from cyber warfare impacting national security to major hacks that hit consumers—and then brainstorm potential solutions in an innovative environment.

“ISACA is proud to collaborate with the ASU Threatcasting Lab and other involved key partners like the Army Cyber Institute to model and prepare for issues that could have a significant security impact years from now,” said Frank Downs, Director of Cybersecurity Practice at ISACA. “As part of ISACA’s purpose to help individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology, we are committed to passing along the lessons learned about the threatcasting process to the professionals we serve.”

Added Lt. Col. Bob Ross, research scientist with Army Cyber Institute, “Our collaborations with both ASU Threatcasting Lab and ISACA lead to unique perspectives on future cyber threats. These relationships open new doors that enable us to fulfil our goals and expand the body of knowledge. Leveraging our partnerships with ASU and ISACA prepares and strengthens our nation’s abilities to defend our interests in the cyber domain.”

As part of the ASU Threatcasting Lab’s charter, members are encouraged to educate others on this model of forecasting and preparing for threats. This inspired ISACA to develop its own threatcasting labs, Home Automation Device Patterns and IoT Device Indicators, which are now available to professionals through ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus. The two labs explore questions around the use of IoT, home automation, and AI algorithms in everyday life—including how data used by smart light bulbs, thermostats and door locks can be sent across the internet, and how lifestyle patterns may inadvertently be leaked by these algorithms and then potentially be exploited. These threatcasting labs can be experienced virtually at one’s convenience, and each provide two continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

“When I created the threatcasting process, the intent was not only to envision possible threats, but also to empower people and organisations to take action. The Threatcasting Lab at Arizona State University’s charter is to empower people by bringing together organisations like ISACA and the ACI to collaborate,” said Brian David Johnson, futurist and professor of practice at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. “I see ISACA’s development and release of its Threatcasting Labs as a fulfilment of threatcasting’s purpose, using the output of the lab to create tools that help make organisations and people safer in the future.”

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