In episode 101 of the IoT For All Podcast, Evan Cummack, General Manager of IoT & Wireless at Twilio, joins us to talk about device security and innovation in the IoT space. Evan shares Twilio’s approach to security through a device’s lifetime, his advice for companies getting started in the space, and what it’ll take to get IoT innovating at the rate of other leading technologies in 2021.
Evan Cummack is the General Manager of IoT at Twilio leading product, engineering, and go-to-market functions for the business unit. Evan joined Twilio in 2011 as one of the company’s early employees and is credited with building several of Twilio’s first products, consulting with Twilio’s largest customers on their global communications solutions, and launching Twilio’s IoT business.
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About Twilio: Twilio is the unseen infrastructure powering communication behind the scenes. Chances are you’ve interacted with Twilio, you just don’t know it. If you’ve ever texted your Lyft driver, logged into your Netflix account using a texted security code, or texted your Airbnb host, you’ve used Twilio.
Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:
(00:35) Intro to Evan Cummack
(01:21) Introduction to Twilio and what prompted Twilio’s move to IoT
(12:06) Can you describe Twilio’s approach to IoT?
(15:30) What can be done to improve the rate of innovation in IoT?
(19:48) What do you think about when planning for the security of a device throughout its lifetime?
(22:59) How do you advise companies in choosing between full-stack IoT development platforms and building it themselves?
(26:10) What approach have you taken to security firmware updates? What have been the challenges there?