17. January 2016 · Comments Off on DHS calls on Silicon Valley to help secure the IoT · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Department of Homeland Security wants Silicon Valley’s help defending the nation from cyber threats and issued the first call for help: securing the Internet of Things.Using the more flexible Other Transaction Solicitation funding method, DHS released the first request for proposals in its Silicon Valley Office Innovation Program asking vendors to chime in on new ideas to secure the ever-expanding list of devices and appliances connected to the Internet and the critical systems they’re being connected to.

Source: DHS calls on Silicon Valley to help secure the IoT

01. October 2015 · Comments Off on How the IoT Can Build Safer Communities · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

No one working in the IoT thinks security is a small problem for the industry, and it’s one that everyone has a vested interest in solving. But move up to the scales being dealt with by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the issues and stakes get quite a lot bigger.Robert Griffin, Deputy Undersecretary, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, is intimately involved in making sure that the national infrastructure is prepared for threats from all sides: natural disasters, disease outbreak, terrorism and IoT vulnerability, and he thinks that the IoT can be a solution for early detection of problems across several sectors, if it’s handled right.

Source: How the IoT Can Build Safer Communities

28. September 2015 · Comments Off on Protecting the Internet of Things and living in Smart Cities · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Last week both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned of risks associated with the emerging Internet of Things. The term IoT often refers to devices that are readable, recognizable, locatable, and controllable via the Internet. Gartner estimates there will be around 26 billion networked devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. Certainly, there are many risks inherent with so many objects connected to networks, but there are also many smart technologies that can enhance security and DHS’s mission to protect the nation.

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07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Smart Grid Security and Internet Risk · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

If anyone knows more than he can tell about the cybersecurity threats to the country’s power grid, it’s Seán McGurk. As head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) from 2008 to 2012, he led the day-to-day fight against intrusions and attacks against utilities and energy companies during a period when such threats grew from a trickle to a flood.

via Smart Grid Security and Internet Risk | The Energy Collective.

02. May 2014 · Comments Off on Two immediate steps to improve your smart grid cybersecurity (from an expert) · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The US energy sector is one of the most targeted industries in the world, and the attacks are showing no signs of slowing down. In 2012, more than 40% of malware attacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security were reported by energy companies. The situation has become so dire that insurance companies won’t write cyber policies for some energy firms. The risk is simply too great.

via Smart Grid: Two immediate steps to improve your smart grid cybersecurity (from an expert).