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Russell Brown: Kia ora koutou and welcome to "The Internet of Awesome Things", a podcast all about the Internet of Things, brought to you by Spark.

So far in this series we've talked about the many benefits of the Internet of Things, but with those benefits comes some risks. And that's what we'll cover in this episode. In some ways, IoT security mirrors our experience with the internet itself. We've designed email differently back in the day if we thought about spam, for example. And with IoT, we've already had a few scares, not least IoT botnets harnessing security cameras and digital recorders and attacking the rest of the internet. (Yep, that happened.)

But have we learned any lessons a bit quicker this time around? And how should we prepare on privacy and security as billions of new things light up around us? I'm joined now by two people whose job it is to know, independent security consultant Erica Anderson and Head of Spark Security Josh Bahlman. 

Well, welcome to you both.

Erica Anderson: Hi, thanks for having us.

Josh Bahlman: Thanks, Russell.

Russell Brown: Now Erica, let's start with the basics. What are the security challenges for the Internet of Things and how do they differ from general IT security?

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Russell Brown
NZ tech journalist

Russell Brown has made a career out of getting his head around complicated topics and communicating them. He's been creating content for the internet since 1993, and he was the first blogger to win a national media award. Russell is a go-to commentator on the media, technology and music industries.