When EM Forster exhorted his readers to “Only connect!” at the end of his novel Howards End, he couldn’t have imagined how connected we would all become barely a century later. Not only does ubiquitous internet mean that we are plugged into media services constantly, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy technology that is not ‘smart’ in some way. For most of these devices, that smartness derives from connectivity to the Internet and to other devices and systems.
The average UK house already contains around 15 connected devices, some obvious such as phones, laptops, tablets, televisions and smart meters, and some much less so, such as kettles, coffee makers, thermostats and switches. This number will only grow in the coming years.
Source: Safer connections: reducing the security risks of the internet of things | The Engineer
In 2016, hackers were able to use 100,000 internet-connected devices to bring down Twitter, Spotify and PayPal. They recruited and infected simple household appliances, such as digital video recorders and fridges, to attack a large network infrastructure provider and create chaos. Consumers were not aware that their own appliances were being used in this way.
Source: Hacking the internet of things just got easier – it’s time to look at your security | Computer Weekly
The internet of things already consists of nearly triple the number of devices as there are people in the world, and as more and more of these devices creep into enterprise networks it’s important to understand their requirements and how they differ from other IT gear.
The major difference is that so far they are designed with little or no thought to security. That stems from having comparatively little memory and compute power to support security but also because often they are designed with time-to-market, price and features as top considerations to the exclusion of security.
Source: Getting grounded in IoT networking and security | Network World
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents an unusual period in technology history. Most people assume that the functionality of IoT is similar to the traditional internet, which leads to a similar assumption around IoT security. By understanding the true nature of IoT and rethinking the approach to security, firms can mitigate a variety of threats. A secure foundation can be built through implementation of comprehensive security measures before a single device is activated.
Source: Hack-proofing devices: Security in the age of Internet of Things | The Financial Express
While connected devices are expected to dominate every aspect of our lives in the coming years – and already outnumber humans in terms of a basic headcount – belief in the ecosystem’s security is still lacking, and has a long way to go before businesses and individuals fully invest in its potential
Source: Preparing for an Internet of Things future: In blockchain we trust | Information Age
For several years now, the news has been filled with stories about the death of traditional advertising. Instead of classic ads, modern consumers want experiences. AKQA’s chairman Ajaz Ahmed put it this way: “Our belief is that audiences want to have more engagement and more of an experience, rather than be bombarded with endless messages.”
Source: Looking to the Future Means Implementing an Internet of Things-Based Strategy – Adweek
Global Internet of Things in Healthcare Market valued approximately USD 41 Billion in 2016 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 30 % over the forecast period 2017-2025. The increasing emergency of digital healthcare technology, has showed the requirement for better targeted therapeutics and diagnostics tools. Additionally, it not only offers remote patient monitoring, but also works as a wellness and fitness athletes and a reminder for patients of their medicine dose. The implementation of IoT is successful in monitoring of diabetes & asthma patients, along with high penetration of wellness and fitness devices, has formed a huge demand of IoT in healthcare market.
Source: Global Internet of Things (IoT) In Healthcare Market Growing Rapidly by 2025 Due to Increasing Demand of Artificial Intelligence Technology and Connected Devices | Medgadget
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), we are now seeing farmers use more wireless technologies to increase the quality and efficiency of production to achieve higher yields. IoT has opened the door for engineers to develop smart farming solutions to meet the world’s growing food demands. IoT will compel the industry to rethink processes and require the deployment of new technologies (sensors, wireless networks, applications/platforms) to ingest the massive amount of agricultural data and identify the actionable data that will help farmers meet their goals. The decrease in cost of cellular connectivity and device modules, combined with the emergence of low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) LoRa and Sigfox, has created an explosion of new tools to deploy precision agriculture solutions. Research organization BI Intelligence has predicted that IoT device installations in the smart agriculture world will increase to 75 million by 2020. According to research firm Global Market
Source: Here’s What’s Working with the Internet of Things … and What’s Next | PrecisionAg
A group of researchers have devised a self-learning system for detecting compromised IoT devices that does not require prior knowledge about device types or labeled training data to operate.
“We propose a novel approach that combines automated device-type identification and subsequent device-type-specific anomaly detection by making use of machine learning techniques. Using this approach, we demonstrate that we can effectively and quickly detect compromised IoT devices with little false alarms, which is an important consideration for deployability and usability of any anomaly detection approach,” the researchers noted.
Source: Effective intrusion detection for the Internet of Things | Help Net Security
Security has been the subtitle for all discussions about the internet of things. But a lot of that discussion has been based on some bad assumptions and misinterpretations. IoT can be secured, but just not in a lot of the ways that are being discussed. Here are six of the most common IoT security myths and the reality behind each of them.
Source: Top six myths of IoT security | IoT Agenda