Consumer Frustration Will Drive Stronger IoT Device Security

Mike Lynch, Chief Strategy Officer

The proliferation of IoT devices is skyrocketing. According to Gartner, approximately 5.5 million new IoT devices are connected to the internet each day in 2016, an increase of 30 percent from 2015, bringing the worldwide total to 6.4 billion connected things for the year. If currently growth rates hold, there will be almost three devices for every single person on Earth in 2020. Continue reading

When Things Attack: The Mirai DDoS Attack & IoT Security Weakness

Jennifer Dean, Enterprise Security

I’m sure more than a few of you were affected by worldwide Internet disruption that occurred in early Ocotber. Netflix, Twitter and CNN were just a few favorite sites crippled by a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. In a situation reminiscent of the 80′s Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, the machines attacked and wreaked havoc on our online lives. Continue reading

Security Woes of the Internet of Things

Lane Thames, Software Development Engineer and Security Researcher
Tripwires Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team (VERT)

Over the last few months, the cybersecurity industry has been observing some very interesting trends, including an uptick in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks with unprecedented rates of associated traffic. Moreover, these attacks are not taking advantage of amplification techniques, which have been the most prevalent types of DDoS attacks in recent years. Instead, the attacks are just flooding links with traffic generated from the sources, the traditional way of implementing a DDoS. Lastly and most concerning, is that the attacks have been largely comprised of Internet of Things (IoT) devices from all corners of the globe. Continue reading

Building the Internet of Things: Implement New Business Models, Disrupt Competitors, and Transform Your Industry

A conversation with Maciej Kranz, VP of Cisco’s Strategic Innovations Group &
author of the new Building the Internet of Things Book

Q. What are the biggest misconceptions about IoT?
A. Two of the biggest misconceptions are: IoT is about connecting devices and, IoT is about connected home (inter-connecting devices in the home)

In fact, we see most of the applications of IoT in the business environment; however, down the road, I do expect key innovations to emerge in the consumer segment (but we are not there yet). Today, IoT is about business impacts driven by IoT solutions built around connected devices, data they generate, and applications. Continue reading

Driving IoT Security with Innovation and Intellectual Property Development

Kenie Ho, Carlos Rosario, and Mandy Song, Ph.D.

On October 21, 2016, a massive and sustained Internet attack, specifically a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, caused network outages across large swaths of the United States and Europe. The attack launched with the help of hacked IoT devices, such as routers, video cameras, and digital video recorders. Continue reading

Top 11 Measures That Can Save You from IoT Threats

Thomas McGrath
Technical writer at 1E

Until a few years ago, if you were selling a smart home lighting system, you’d rhapsodize to your starry-eyed customers about its impressive cutting-edge technology, and demonstrate to them how their mobile phones could, almost in a moment of wizardry, communicate with the system on demand even when they would be vacationing in the Masai Mara. Continue reading

The Human Body and Building Synchronization

Anil Ahuja, President
CCJM Engineers

Much like the human body, buildings and cities have intricate systems that keep them running. Several principal elements of building systems are comparable to body system’s blood composition is similar to air quality in building systems, blood pressure is similar to pumping pressure in buildings, and body temperature control is similar to building temperature control. Continue reading