February 14, 2017
I attended LISA 2016 in Boston primarily to staff the exhibit hall booth for the League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA, http://lopsa.org). While I was there I took advantage of the opportunity to talk to a large number of system and network administrators, devops, system engineers and other IT professionals. Unsurprisingly, as a group USENIX attendees were fairly aware of firmware security issues, and various exploits that have been mentioned at security oriented conferences. More importantly, firwmare level security is seen as an underserved area - a problem without many solutions available.
PreOS Security will be part of the solution to fill the gap and help reduce the increasing risk of firmware vulnerabilities.
Before our product is available, we will be offering training on the various tools and technologies already available for firmware security. We’ll be at LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference for a half day training on Friday March 10th, and we’ve submitted proposals to LinuxFest Northwest and USENIX LISA 2017.