30 Ways to Improve IoT Privacy
Much work still must be done before the industrial and municipal Internet of Things (IoT) becomes widely adopted outside of the circle of innovators. One field, privacy, well understood by the public and private sector in the context of the cloud, PCs and mobile, is in the early stage of adaptation for the IoT.
The sheer volume of data that will be collected and the new more granular architecture of the IoT present new privacy concerns that need to be resolved on an equal scale as the platform’s forecasted growth.
A demonstration of this new aspect of privacy and compliance is the Privacy Guidelines for Internet of Things: Cheat Sheet, Technical Report by Charith Perera, researcher at the Newcastle University in the U.K. The nine-page report details 30 points about implementing strong privacy protections. This report is summarized below. (Read More)
How to Improve IoT Security
The tsunami-sized trend to add intelligence with sensors and actuators and to connect devices, equipment and appliances to the internet poses safety, security and privacy risks.
Proof comes from a recent meta-study titled The Internet of Hackable Things (pdf) from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; Orebro University, Sweden; and Innopolis University, Russian Federation—compiled from industry and academic research reports—that finds smart devices used in healthcare and smart homes and buildings pose daunting risks.
In particular, smart equipment such as CT scanners proved to be at risk of an attack capable of increasing the radiation exposure limits to harmful or fatal levels. Another potentially deadly weakness cited was Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), which automatically shock patients going into cardiac arrest. They use a Bluetooth stack with weak, easily compromised passwords to test their devices after the implantation. (Read More)
The Haves And Have-Nots In Cybersecurity: How Your Company Can Level The Playing Field
We all know about the income-inequality debate in America, and the controversy about too much wealth being held by the “one percent”. But did you know there’s also an inequality issue when it comes to our country’s cybersecurity? It’s a little-discussed problem outside IT circles, but it’s having outsized ramifications for big and small companies trying to protect their corporate networks, and retain skilled security professionals.
The upshot: despite increasingly damaging and disruptive cyberattacks — and billions of investment dollars flowing into hot startups offering new security technologies — most companies are having a harder time than ever protecting their digital assets. ( Read More)