New research from Unisys Corporation reveals that law enforcement is expected to lead the incorporation of biometrics into wearable technology. However privacy concerns around the security of biometric data stored in the cloud need to be addressed as adoption becomes more mainstream.The survey of 54 biometrics professionals was conducted by Unisys at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference held in Sydney, May 24-26, 2016.
Cybersecurity fears are increasing, and, as a result, so are investments in cyberphysical security startups.A recent survey shows cybersecurity fears about breaches, identity theft, and privacy violations are taking a severe toll on the public trust. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) analysis reveals that nearly half of all internet users have begun limiting online activity because of security and privacy concerns, and 19 percent of internet-using households — representing 19 million households — have been affected by a breach and/or experienced identity theft or other malicious cybersecurity activity in the last year.
There are two sides to the coin: security and data privacy, both of which have the potential to undermine confidence in the entire IoT concept.With regards to security, there is a whole host of situations where an IoT device or system could be compromised. Think of last year’s hacks of a Jeep on a motorway or a power station in Ukraine. Thankfully, no lives were lost in either, but it is no stretch to imagine the havoc that could be unleashed.On the issue of data privacy, few connected devices will have a user interface through which an operator or vendor can inform the user about the terms and conditions of use, where their personal data may be stored and how it may be used, and thereby gain the user’s acceptance of those terms.
Amid growing concerns that IoT devices are inherently vulnerable to attacks that could compromise users’ information privacy and security, Galois today announced that it has been awarded a $1.86 million NIST National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grant to build a secure data storage system that enables next-generation IoT capabilities without sacrificing privacy. Galois’ authentication and mobile security subsidiary, Tozny, will serve as the technical lead for the NSTIC pilot program.
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), the non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, today released the last-call update of the Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework. The Framework is a comprehensive global initiative that provides guidance for device manufacturers and developers to enhance the security, privacy and sustainability of connected home devices, wearable fitness and health technologies, and the data they collect.
The Internet Society (ISOC) has added its name to the growing list of groups concerned that insecurity and a cavalier attitude to privacy pose a risk to the Internet of Things (IoT).In a paper published last Friday, ISOC notes that individual threats and vulnerabilities are, in aggregate, what’s going to make-or-break the IoT as a whole.While users are identified as part of the problem, ISOC notes that they can’t choose the amount of security they want on a refrigerator (for example) if they don’t understand the issue.
Symantec, which has the experience of protecting over a billion IoT devices around the word, says it is the right time to plug any security gaps in the Internet of Things and not repeat the mistakes made with the Internet.“We have a lot of experience in IoT, but also some concerns. There are great devices and applications coming out, but we believe there is a small window available now to ensure security and privacy are built in before it becomes ubiquitous like the Internet.
The age of Big Data has come to the home — in the form of insurance discounts for smart home products like the Nest Protect smoke detector. And that Big Data is likely to come with security and privacy concerns.Liberty Mutual and American Family Insurance Co. last week announced insurance discounts for customers in some states who use the Nest Protect communicating smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
Google’s recently published patent for Internet-connected toys, which have microphones, cameras, speakers and motors, have sparked privacy concerns; the ‘creepy’ anthropomorphic devices might look like a doll or teddy bear, but some people believe it belongs ‘in a horror film’ and have visions of an IoT-version of Chucky.
One of the most imperative discussions around the Internet of Things (IoT) today involves the critical need to balance privacy and security, both domestically and overseas. As the quantity of data mined, moved and stored grows at an explosive rate, how will we ensure that the IoT ecosystem remains reliable and trustworthy?