Alan Grau

President and Cofounder,
Icon Labs

Alan Grau is president and cofounder of Icon Labs. He also is the architect of Icon Labs’ award-winning Floodgate Firewall. He has 20 years of embedded software experience. Prior to founding Icon Labs he worked for AT&T Bell Labs and Motorola. He has an MS in computer science from Northwestern University.

What is Really Happening in the World of Cybersecurity?
Systematic penetration of air-gapped systems, encryption cracking, and firmware reprogramming: Now is the time to invest in security.
Interview: Alan Grau On What You Should Know About Industrial Cyber-Attacks
Our aging industrial control systems and vulnerable to a wide range of attacks and many new systems are being deployed with insufficient security. Alan Grau, president and founder of Icon Labs, addresses these issues.
The Internet Of Things Needs Firewalls Too
An efficient firewall designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) stops attacks before they can begin. Embedded engineers should employ a multi-layered security strategy that combines a firewall, authentication, and encryption protocols.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Oct 7, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 1 3

This first part in a series goes through the steps of creating a preliminary design for a small and inexpensive hobbyist/limited-technology-prototype build-and-test capability....More
Sep 16, 2015

What is All This Nanogenerator Stuff, Anyway?

Nanogenerators, which harvest energy from the environment, could be the next big thing in renewable energy....More
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 4

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More

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