CypherCon 2022

The Rise of the Largest Decentralized IoT & Cellular Communications Project of All Time in Our Backyards

Russ From


While we worked from home during COVID, a massive international crypto project exploded in WI that allowed people to put up IoT and now Cellular service from their homes and businesses. From what started as practically nothing in 2020 now has over 250,000 of these hotspots deployed in public as of October 2021 carrying production traffic for large companies such as Lime for Scooters, Salesforce, and even Victor Mouse Traps! As this project continues to grow using unlicensed spectrum such as CBRS on FCC certified equipment, I predict what we will see in the decade ahead to improve the coverage area, quality, and cost of ubiquitous wireless telecommunications. This talk goes over what this decentralized telecommunications project is, how it works which includes a live demonstration of data transfer from an IoT device, and who is behind the project pushing forward with the greatest decentralized international telecommunications project of all time!

Russ From

Telecommunications, endpoint, and cloud engineering

Russell From is the Founder of which provides income generating hotspots to homeowners, real estate owners, and renters while serving as the Enterprise Services Security Specialist Lead for Tanium where he leads Tanium’s Enterprise Services to enable public and private organizations utilize Tanium’s real-time endpoint management and visibility technology for threat investigation and remediation, SOC automation, software deployment, compliance, network discovery, patching, vulnerability scanning, integrity monitoring, and sensitive data discovery. Previously, Russ was a Senior Network Security Engineer for US Cellular where he defended customers and business partners by focusing on proactive network behavior analysis, network forensics, mobile malware identification and remediation, DDoS defense, and threat intelligence automation. Russ also defended the largest electronic medical records vendor in the US as the Network Security lead on IPS, IDS, Network Decryption, Traffic Analysis, and Network Security Response on fully Micro-Segmented & Multi-Tenant infrastructure. Before moving to the defensive side of cyber security, Russ had 8 years of technical experience including being a Principal Network Engineer where he worked to build the first public cloud infrastructure for North America’s largest wireless telecommunications carrier. Russ currently holds the CISSP, GCPM, GCLD, GMON, GCIA, GCIH, and GSEC Gold certifications. Russ also has a bachelor’s from UW-Madison in Computer Engineering, an MBA from Marquette University, and is working to complete the SANS Master’s in Information Security Engineering program. Russ‘ hobbies and interests include bass fishing, residential solar, working on small engines, and evangelizing decentralized wireless telecommunications infrastructure.