Live, die, repeat: The security shortcuts endangering IoT device adoption

IoT devices are repeatedly exhibiting the same flaws creating a massive vulnerable attack surface which will inevitably lead to more major attacks. We’ve already seen DDoS attacks increase 91 percent over the course of 2017 due to vulnerable deployed devices, yet estimates suggest only 9 percent of IoT vendor budgets are spent on security. This pitiful investment is leading to shortcuts and a ‘live, die, repeat’ attitude to development that...

By Andrew Tierney, 15 February 2018, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Security, Standards.

Only one in four organisations can protect themselves against IoT threats, says survey

A survey from UK-based firm Databarracks has found that only 27% of organisations polled feel able to protect themselves against IoT threats.

Based on the findings, its managing director Peter Groucutt has said that organisations must now factor IoT into their continuity planning.

“The IoT device market is still relatively immature and somewhat of a Wild West,” said Groucutt. “According to industry experts, by 2020 there will be over 50 billion connected devices. Understandably,...

By IoT News, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Editorial: Alibaba CEO believes AI could trigger WWIII

While many technology leaders are bullish about the positive aspects of AI, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has warned it could trigger World War 3.

Ma points towards previous technological revolutions triggering some of the darkest periods in history.

“The first technology revolution caused the First World War, and the second technology revolution caused the Second World War,” said Ma, according to

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

US consumers concerned about lack of standardisation in driverless car legislation

Driverless cars are on their way, whatever speed they arrive, but according to a new study many US citizens are still concerned about various aspects of their safety.

The study from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which polled 1,005 adults living in the US, found more than three quarters opposed disconnection of vehicle controls such as steering wheels and brake pedals, while the vast majority saw concern with more general cybersecurity and safety legislation.

73% of those polled said they support the...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Consumers willing to accept the value of IoT despite wafer-thin trust in companies’ data policies

New research from Cisco has explored the pay-off required between value and trust for the Internet of Things (IoT); consumers recognise the value they provide, but are less sure about how their data is being managed and used.

The survey, which polled 3000 consumers, argues that while users are willing to trade value for trust, it is being done increasingly reluctantly – and companies who can solve the transparency issue are set to be welcomed with open arms.

When it comes to value, more than half (53%)...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

BlackBerry release guidelines to accelerate connected car security

BlackBerry is aiming to address connected car security concerns with a framework intended to harden them against cyber attacks.

Connected cars herald an era where you no longer just have to protect them from being physically broken into, but also hacked into. Compromised vehicles could pose a threat to safety through remote control, or be used to access sensitive data such as location.

I’ve covered hacks of connected cars on...

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Botnet Wars: Return of the Mirai

Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab have discovered a new variant of the Mirai botnet which caused havoc last year.

The original Mirai botnet was so destructive that it made national headlines last year in many countries around the world. Internet users found many of their favourite services were inaccessible after hackers used the botnet to DDoS companies such as Dyn, a company that controls much of the internet’s DNS infrastructure.

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Assessing a sustainable IoT future: Why security and connectivity barriers must be overcome

What will the connected world look like in 2030? According to a new report from Wipro Digital, a sustainable future will be achieved but only if certain barriers are conquered first.

The report, developed together by Wipro and non-profit organization Forum for the Future, found that although 98% of business leaders are sure that data and connectivity will contribute to a sustainable future, only 50% of them utilise them to support such efforts.

According to the study, the future vision for an IoT driven...

By IoT News, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

BlueBorne put billions of IoT devices at risk – including Echo and Google Home

A serious vulnerability affecting billions of IoT devices also put Amazon Echo and Google Home users at risk.

The vulnerability, known as BlueBorne, was discovered by IoT security company Armis and found to put more than five billion devices at risk of attack. Researchers have now confirmed the attack surface included as many as 20 million Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.

If compromised by...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Medigate aims to take a new approach to IoT healthcare security with $5.35m funding

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all set to revolutionise the end to end healthcare process; from wearables which collect patient data in real-time, to algorithms which can come up with new diagnoses. Yet securing all of these devices is the major risk.

Meet Medigate. The startup, based out of Israel, has just secured a $5.35 million (£4.08m) funding round for its platform, which secures networked devices alongside medical records, device servers, and other enterprise systems. The capital was raised by...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security.