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.
Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT.Of the billions of IoT devices presently in use, a considerable percentage are sporting low-end processing power and storage capacity and don’t have the capability to become extended with security solutions. Yet they are connected to the Internet, nonetheless, which is an extremely hostile environment.
Security is set to become the hot button issue in the smart home this year, as more connected devices come online and more hackers attempt to infiltrate corporate and consumer networks through connected gadgets. The FBI even issued a warning about connected home products.The concerns about security and the smart home are well-founded. Several devices from connected cameras to smart home hubs have been hacked. Even light bulbs aren’t immune.
Nortek Security & Control integrated a personal safety system with home-security sensors to automatically send home-sensor and personal-safety alerts to caregivers.The company’s Numera Home Safety Hub is compatible with Nortek’s smoke, glass-break, motion, window/door and other 2GIG-brand wireless sensors, which are sold as part of professionally monitored home-security systems through security installers. The hub also integrates with the company’s wearable personal health Button, which lets users summon emergency responders, and with Nortek’s personal-safety sensors, such as a fall-detection sensor.
Google and Nest reportedly have a bunch of new smart home products in the works, but there may not be much collaboration happening between the two Alphabet subsidiaries.On the Google side, the search giant may be working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, according to The Information (via The Verge). The story reveals no details about the product, but it seems like an obvious fit for Google, which has already made voice controls a centerpiece of its Android Wear smartwatch platform. A device that answers Internet queries and controls other smart home products could very well tie into Google’s broader efforts to create a new platform for the Internet of Things.
If your business is considering IoT, cloud and device security are likely top of mind. At Microsoft, our support for industry standards is straightforward and transparent: We’ve shared our best practices here on this blog. Our dedicated support for our customers is also an open book, which is why we’re sharing some of the common questions we receive on how security and compliance work specifically for Azure IoT technology. Here are some of the common questions we hear on how we engineer for IoT security:
From LEDs to thermostats and security gadgets, we’ve decked out the CNET Smart Home with all sorts of connected tech. The Amazon Echo — a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with voice control capabilities via Alexa, the Echo’s ever-present robot assistant — is at the center of these updates. That’s because Alexa is accessible, an easy entry point into the wild world of smart devices. Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and she will. No app, no hub, no fuss.
The security of the Internet of Things is fundamentally broken. Developers and manufacturers understandably are eager to get their new hi-tech products to market and unfortunately often overlook security, instead operating under the misapprehension that security-by-obscurity in their proprietary systems will do. The problem is that security researchers, and those with more malicious intent, can almost always extract binary code from the device memory via JTAG or similar in-circuit debugging facilities, or find it online in the form of updates, and reverse engineer via one of the many tools readily available.
It was coming up to 9am Saturday morning in London. In California, nearly 1am.I was sitting in front of some family-friendly sitcom with my Macbook open. On one tab was a login page for a security alarm carrying the logo for family-owned Martinez, CA CA +1.48%., provider Bay Alarm. Beyond that login page was the control panel for the security system for East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), which works with kids from ages six to young adults aged up to 24. Based just over 5,000 miles away from my present location, it’s the kind of altruistic organization no one wants to see attacked.
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