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5 tips about cybersecurity (and ‘Mr. Robot’)

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A scene from “Mr. Robot” shows a hacker at work. (USA Network)

BOSTON – It’s always risky for geeks to give advice to geeks, but when security experts who have worked with organizations ranging from Facebook to DARPA to the FBI are the ones giving advice, it’s worth listening.

Two such experts are Nick DePetrillo, principal security researcher for Trail of Bits; and Andre McGregor, a former FBI agent who is now director of security for Tanium. McGregor has the added cache of being an technical consultant for “Mr. Robot,” the USA Network series that delves deeply into the hacker world.

DePetrillo and McGregor discussed the ins and outs of cybersecurity and the concerns raised by the rise of connected devices (a.k.a. the Internet of Things) today in Boston during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Check out five takeaways from their talk on GeekWire.

By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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