For the past few years, there has been a number of efforts to tie together the fragmented smart home world. Big tech players like Alphabet -owned Nest, Apple AAPL +1.25%, Samsung and Amazon have all tried their hands at it to varying degrees of success. IFTTT, a San Francisco-based startup founded in 2010, has been a bit of an unsung hero here. IFTTT — an abbreviation for “If This Then That” — does the complicated and tedious work of tying together internet services (like Facebook FB -0.77% or Instagram) and internet-connected hardware (like the Nest thermostat or LIFX light bulbs). Users come up with so-called “recipes” for how these things will work together. For example, send an email when Facebook’s stock jumps over $150 a share, or send out a tweet every time the garage door opens (no, maybe not the most useful recipe). IFTTT users have created 40 million of these recipes to date.
Verizon says that it will focus on “developing new markets,” as the telco giant was just able to keep revenues on the uptick.The US carrier said that it would be shifting a focus over towards the internet of things (IoT) and its content market in the coming months, as it looks to bolster sagging revenues in other parts of its business.
Ian Kar reports in Quartz, “The internet is infiltrating all of our devices, from thermostats to stoves. Yet, the technology seems to be more popular in other countries than in the US. The Koreans, Danish, and Swiss have more things tethered to the internet, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and search engine Shodan. The Internet of Things (IoT) as an industry is still nascent, but that hasn’t stopped many tech companies from developing IoT devices, software and systems.”
The range and number of “things” connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They’re are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet.Internet of Things (IoT) devices typically incorporate sensors, switches and logging capabilities that collect and transmit data across the internet.
Oh great. The world’s internet security professionals are increasingly worried about what they are calling the Internet of Evil Things.These concerns stem from the risks posed by connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices — a problem which is set to grow, even as resources and visibility into such connected devices have stagnated, according to a new survey.
If we were designing a smart home system for ourselves, there are a few crucial things we’d do differently from most of the Internet of Things gear on the market. We’d have the system run locally, inside the house rather than in the cloud, so our automation doesn’t fail every time there’s a wee glitch on the internet. Our cloud-based smart home gear fails us constantly, totally defeating the purpose of automation. The gear can’t see the cloud, the cloud can’t see the gear, one bit of gear can’t see another bit of gear. Ugh.
Factory floor automation systems have used huge amounts of sensor data for decades to improve quality and throughput. Depending on the industry, the sensor data can be related to temperature, humidity, pressure, machine vibration, leakage, and many other things. Now, of course, modern automation systems are internet enabled and these systems can now be called Internet of Things (IoT) applications.A couple of recent ARC Advisory Group reports focus on some issues with factory automation systems that have not received enough attention. Those issues are the same issues that all IoT applications will face. Thus, examining these factory issues can allow us to peer into the future and predict the kinds of problems that new IoT solutions will bring to enterprises.
Sometimes I think we lose focus all too easily in the information security world. At times, it almost seems like we run from one buzz word or hot topic to the next.Internet of Things, or IoT, is one of those shiny new catch phrases that many people are talking about. But when we examine it more deeply, what does IoT really mean to the security professional?To me, a lot of the discussion I hear around IoT sounds a bit like “I don’t know what IoT will mean for my organization’s security posture or the security profession, but I feel obligated to mention it in my talk/article/blog.” I’d like to try and look beyond the hype for a moment to try and extract a few points for the consideration of the security professional.
The Internet of Things can be said to connect today’s devices including sensors, a 12 volt linear actuator, internet televisions, smartphones among others to the internet. Devices are linked together intelligently enabling communication between things and other things, and between things and people. Connectivity for anything, by anyone, at any given time, from anywhere can be made, and an expectation that the connections will make an extension an advanced dynamic network of IoT. Wide development space and a new concept for smart homes can be created using IoT technology to improve the quality of life; provide comfort and intelligence.
I’ve gathered together five of my favorite TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks highlighting various aspects of the Internet of Things. The speakers below cover a wide range of topics including how to design clothing and architecture for IoT, exploring IoT’s potential applications while addressing security threats, and providing insight into the exponential advancement of technology and what we can expect from the future of the internet.