Shodan has made it even easier for our inner voyeur to spy upon the open webcams of homes across the world — but are the ramifications more pronounced than idle surveillance?Launched in 2013, Shodan is a search engine used to find Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices around the world. Webcams, security systems and routers are only some of the devices which, once connected to the Web, can offer a glimpse into our lives behind locked doors should poor security turn the key.
Energy infrastructure, street lighting, security services, health outcomes, and more will receive a technological overhaul for Denver’s Peña Station NEXT project.”[The] smart-city experiment known as the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is coming to Denver from Japan,” reports Tamara Chuang.
The Internet of Things has been in the news, home security systems, connected cars, smart cities, and environmental controls. Less publicized, but no less important, is IoT in manufacturing and other enterprise applications. IoT technologies are surfacing faster than government and other organizations can keep up. Weaknesses are already evident with standards, interoperability, security and privacy, and legal and economic issues. If you thought IoT is about deploying sensors and controls and processing the data, you have underestimated the impact of IoT. If you are new to IoT, I explain what IoT is in Are You New to IoT?
Of all the technologies showcased at the annual CES event in Las Vegas, Internet of Things (IoT) has been getting more attention than any other for the past few years. While these technologies may have previously seemed limited to just the talks, at least one of the aspects of IoT is looking more tangible now than ever. From Samsung to Amazon, there have been several devices, showcasing us to interact with our appliances through tablets plastered over smart fridges to talking to vehicles and security cameras. What has caught the attention of the entire industry today is the possible upcoming dynamic duo of smart home: Samsung and Microsoft.
The Institute’s December special report is dedicated to that once-futuristic vision of a smart home that anticipates our needs, keeps us healthy, and saves us money. IEEE is working to make this vision a reality. Readers wanted to know more about the implementation, standards, and security for smart homes. Here to answer your questions are three experts in the field.
While the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) brings many new business prospects, it also presents significant challenges ranging from technology architectural choices to security concerns. MIT Professional Education’s new Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World course offers important insights on how to overcome these challenges and thrive in this exciting space.
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.
One of the most intriguing corners of this year’s CES is the dedicated SuperSession on ‘IoT Business Strategies: Partnerships for the Sharing Economy’. After all, while almost anyone in Las Vegas this January will be able to tell you that IoT will (surely) have a huge part to play in the future of consumer tech, very few people will be able to tell you exactly how…The main current consumer thrust in IoT, for example, remains home automation, and specifically security. Yet there is often little really inspiring about this proposed application of IoT. In part, this is because it arguably fails to offer us anything really new. A secure home is a secure home is a secure home, however this is achieved, and if home automation currently offers greater control and security, it does so at significantly more expense.
It’s a daunting task trying to ensure complete IoT medical device security, and it may even seem impossible. Two industry experts discuss this issue and offer their advice.
In September 2014, some Google employees filed for patents they called “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home.” For the first time, those patent requests are publicly available, and give some understanding behind what Google is planning to do with their Nest and Dropcam acquisitions. According to the application, “This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security objectives.”