Steve Lee knows when his mother gets up in the morning, walks into the living room, opens the front door to get the paper and takes her medications in the kitchen. Nothing unusual about that except that he lives an hour and 10 minutes away from her.Lee’s 80-something mother lives alone in a smart home.”I put a small system in her house that enables me to keep an eye on her,” said Lee, the director of technical services at Universal Devices in Encino, Calif. “If I don’t see any motion and she hasn’t opened the refrigerator by 8:30, then I know I need to check on her right away.”
More than 20% of enterprises will have deployed security solutions for protecting their IoT devices and services by 2017, Gartner predicted at its security and risk management summit in Mumbai, India this week.IoT devices and services will expand the surface area for cyber attacks on enterprises, by turning physical objects that used to be offline into online assets communicating with enterprise networks. Enterprises will have to respond by broadening the scope of their security strategy to include these new online devices.
Smart Home Technology is the latest trend in easy living. All you need is an internet connection and you can control most of your appliances in just a few swipes and taps on your smartphones or tablets. Smart Home also has security features that can protect your home from burglars and other threats. But, let us not forget that your smart home is connected to a network, and there are great minds out there that as long as there is a network and internet, they can do everything they want.
Symantec Corp. announced Tuesday it is expanding its security catalog to help enterprises handle the growing number of Internet-connected devices that will inevitably infiltrate the enterprise, likely sooner rather than later. Gartner, Inc. has predicted 4.9 billion “Things” will be used this year, a number the analyst believes will reach 25 billion by 2020.
A new report from Parks Associates finds that smart home devices will prompt over 7 million support requests this year, with adoption at 16% of U.S. broadband households and nearly 40% planning to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months. By 2019, the number of support requests will reach nearly 11 million.“Rising adoption of smart home devices is prompting a parallel increase in support requests. Connected devices are tackling many new use cases, including home security, healthcare, and controls alongside entertainment, creating a new role in the Internet of Things for companies that can ensure seamless connectivity while preserving security,” said Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst at Parks Associates. “Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households have privacy concerns about using connected devices. The smart home won’t succeed without consumer confidence, and support services go a long way to providing that confidence.”
Semiconductor and microcontroller company Microchip Technology announced a partnership with Intel to utilize its Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) technology in future products. “Microchip has long recognized the importance of security in IoT applications,” said Ian Harris, VP of Computing Products Group at Microchip. “Collaborating with Intel to integrate its proven Intel EPID technology demonstrates Microchip’s steadfast commitment to providing the very best IoT solutions, by working to enable designers with the safe and secure interoperation of their ‘things’ with Intel’s devices, gateways and servers.”
This week, zero-day flaws found on smart home hubs exposed the risk families and even manufactures could be faced with if security is not built into the device.Several IoT bodies, from consortiums to alliances, are rallying for common global IoT security standards, but the industry still seems to be at an early stage of discussions. One thing they have agreed on: security and support should be given to consumers throughout the devices’ lifetime.CBR rounds up five basic security features that need to be built into a smart device.
In my last blog post I shared some of the general security challenges that come with the Internet of Things (IoT). In this post, I will focus on one particular security risk: distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.Even before the age of IoT, DDoS attacks have been turning multitudes of computers into botnets, attacking a single target and causing denial of services for the target’s users. By “multitudes” we can be talking about thousands or even millions of victim devices. Now add IoT into the equation and we could be looking at billions of devices pressed into attack! The scale and the damage would be unprecedented and massive. Such attacks could bring some of the largest systems down (in my little piece of fiction above, an Amazon-like company). If it sounds like science fiction, it won’t be for long. What will it take for DDoS attacks that use IoT devices to cross that line from fiction to reality and how we can prevent such disaster from happening?
ARM HAS ACQUIRED Sansa Security to bolster protection against cyber threats in its Internet of Things (IoT) offerings.Sansa is an Israel-based company that provides hardware security intellectual property (IP) and software for system-on-chip components that end up in around 150 million devices every year.
Google (GOOGL) is now giving its enterprise clients the option to manage their own security through its customer-supplied encryption keys program. The idea is that businesses who use Google for cloud storage no longer have to worry that the government or a Google employee can access their proprietary information.Google Compute Engine allows businesses to manage their network and store data. Customers of Google’s cloud services include Best Buy (BBY) and Coca-Cola (KO). Competitors Microsoft Azure (MSFT) and Amazon Web Services (AMZN) have already introduced similar enterprise security policies.