IoT botnet Mirai becomes more contagious

Mirai, the IoT botnet which caused record-breaking DDoS attacks last year, has become even more contagious due to a Windows variant.

Spotted by Kaspersky Labs, their security experts are in the process of analysing the first Windows-based spreader of the malware which is believed to have attacked 500 systems in the past couple of months. From the initial analysis, Kaspersky believes the new bot was developed by someone with a higher degree of skill than Mirai’s initial creators.

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Why the IoT is set to present an ‘unmanageable’ cybersecurity risk

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In its latest report, titled “Internet of Things for Security Providers: Opportunities, Strategies, & Market Leaders 2016-2021”, Juniper Research found that the consumer IoT installed base will reach over 15 billion units by 2021, which is an increase of 120% over 2016.

It also found that the recent IoT botnets will prove merely to be the tip of the cybersecurity iceberg. Botnets were uncovered as a key factor in the largest DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack ever...

By IoT News, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security.

ZingBox aims for ‘Internet of Trusted Things’, bundles AI into new solution

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Cybersecurity provider ZingBox has announced the launch of a new generation of cybersecurity solutions, called IoT Guardian, which focuses on service protection.

The solution is being claimed as the industry’s first to offer a combination of deep learning algorithms to discern each device’s unique personality and enforce acceptable behaviour. Its self-learning approach continually builds on previous knowledge to discover, detect and defend critical Internet of...

By IoT News, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

How is IoT changing the healthcare industry?

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The healthcare industry is changing. There is an increased demand to offer health monitoring solutions that are not only less expensive but also more efficient and provide better care. In short, the healthcare industry is joining other industries in their efforts to provide better service for less expense – to dramatically increase value.

Like their commercial counterparts, the challenge is to accomplish this goal without compromising security and the answer is to leverage...

By Alex Vilner, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

IoT continues to be important for firms – but concepts outpacing reality right now

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More than four in five respondents to a survey from Ventana Research say the Internet of Things (IoT) is important to their future operations.

The research identifies the best practices and trends for the IoT and operational intelligence technologies and processes.

Alongside the 81% who cited the importance of the IoT, 61% said that its use is very important to speed up the flow of information and improve the response time of their business processes. 58% said it is key to speed up the...

By IoT News, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security.

Security Industry Association supports reintroduction of DIGIT Act

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced that it will continue to show its support for the bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act.

The DIGIT Act would organise a working group of federal entities that would consult with private sector stakeholders to provide recommendations to the Congress. These recommendations would work on the planning and growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the United States.

The DIGIT Act would provide input from private...

By IoT News, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Security.

Exec warns of further security risks as IoT usage rises

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The expected growth in the IoT market will increase security risks and make organisations and people more vulnerable to hackers, according to Dave Worrall, the CTO of Secure Cloudlink.

Worrall feels that passwords should not be used as a means for authentication as they are outdated and will not be able to cope with the rise of IoT. According to a recent research, the IoT market is expected to increase from $598.2 billion in 2015 to $724.2 billion by 2023. With...

By IoT News, 26 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Krebs Security believes it's found Mirai's creator

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Mirai wrecked havoc over the past year as it hijacked thousands of unsecured IoT devices to carry out DDoS attacks on a scale unlike ever before. One record-breaking Mirai attack was on KrebsOnSecurity's website, and now the site's leading security researcher believes he's found the...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.