Alan Grau

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.

Articles
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
May 1, 2015
blog

Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled (Part 2)

Some few months ago, I wrote an article contrasting academe and work life as well as the adjustments and precautions that had to be made by a typical fresh graduate......More
Mar 6, 2015
blog

Programming Efficiency: Part 2 2

A number of years ago I did some work on a PABX. The device was electromechanical and far from state of the art, but the owner had been talked into spending a bunch of money expanding it and couldn’t justify scrapping it....More
Jan 21, 2015
Commentary

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 8

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More

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