Hugo Fiennes

CEO & Co-Founder, Electric Imp

Hugo Fiennes is CEO and Co-founder of Electric Imp, a global platform provider for secure Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and application middleware.

Hugo began developing hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s and has been building useful and successful things ever since. After designing many MP3 players for Rio, Hugo led Apple’s hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking iPhone, and was then an early advisor to Nest Labs, architecting the hardware for their first thermostat product before starting Electric Imp in 2011.

He graduated first honours from University of Warwick in Coventry, England with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering.

Security in Place. Security in Time. Why IoT security is every business’ business.

In 2016, the long-lamented potential cybersecurity risks of billions of sensors and devices connecting around the world began rearing their heads. Yet there remain lots of misconceptions about costs, requirements and what cybersecurity really means — and where and who should implement. In this session, we’ll dive into industry best practices, such as the new Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Security Framework. We’ll discuss the need for security at all 7 layers of silicon-to-cloud interchanges and why certifications like UL’s 2900-2-2 for Software Cybersecurity for Network-Connectable Products are very important, no matter what business you’re in.