IT security professionals expect increase in IIoT security attacks in 2017

The vast majority of IT professionals say they anticipate an increase in cybersecurity attacks on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), according to a new study from Tripwire.

The survey, which quizzed more than 400 participants with responsibility for IT security as a ‘significant’ part of their job, saw more than half (51%) of respondents say they did not feel prepared for security attacks that exploit or abuse insecure IIoT devices, while almost two thirds (64%) say they already recognise...

By IoT News, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security.

Why customer experience and retail can become IoT-enabled – but with security a question

A new piece of analysis from Frost & Sullivan argues that IoT has ‘the potential to enhance an organisation’s ability to understand the customer journey’, but warns around security remaining a ‘vital’ concern.

According to the missive, companies globally lose more than $300 billion on an annual basis due to poor customer experience, which makes it a top priority for such organisations. IoT helps these organisations to understand the customer and proactively engages with them....

By IoT News, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

New research warns of ‘alarming’ and ‘dangerous’ flaws in embedded systems design

More than one in five designers of embedded systems admit they hardly pay any attention to the security of their internet-enabled embedded systems products, according to a study from Barr Group.

The report, Barr Group’s 2017 Embedded Systems Safety and Security Survey, uncovered what was described as ‘alarming’ and ‘dangerous’ information about the state of embedded systems design.

Nearly 28% of the more than 1,700 qualified respondents (50% from North America, 27% from Europe,...

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

WikiLeaks: CIA’s extensive hacking tools provide almost unfettered access to smartphones, PCs, and even TVs

Just as the world comes to some amount of terms with the extent of the NSA’s surveillance capabilities, WikiLeaks has released a trove of information on the CIA’s advanced hacking tools which provide almost unfettered access to smartphones, PCs, and even TVs.

As part of a series on CIA documents entitled ‘Vault 7’, WikiLeaks has released the first complete part called ‘Year Zero’ which is comprised of 8,761 documents and files obtained from an isolated, high-security...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

WISeKey launches new IoT security solution with nod to Sigfox

Swiss cybersecurity and IoT firm WISeKey has introduced a new security solution for the Internet of Things (IoT), called VaultIC184, which is part of the company’s global end-to-end scalable security framework WISeTrustIOT – a Public Key Infrastructure based overall response to mitigate ever increasing risks of cyber-attacks in IoT.

The VaultIC184 consists of a tamper proof silicon chip, based on an advanced secure microcontroller development, certified to Common Criteria EAL4+/5+ and FIPS 140-2...

By IoT News, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security.

As the number of hearables grows, security, privacy, and legal challenges grow with it

Opinion Hearables are among the tens of billions of IoT devices that will be in use by the end of this decade. That volume means that no matter where you go in the near future, there will be an increasingly good chance that an IoT device will be around to hear what you say.

Hearables can be grouped into two broad categories: stationary devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, and wearables...

By Poppy Crum, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Wearables.

Amazon refuses to hand over data from IoT speaker Echo in murder case

Amazon is refusing to hand over voice recordings from its Echo speaker to prosecutors hoping to use the IoT data as evidence against the suspect in a murder case.

Many IoT devices collect sensor data about the environment around them and even the smallest details could be used to build a picture of present or past events. As more IoT devices enter consumer homes, that data can be used to understand what led to events such as the tragic murder of Victor Collins.

Mr. Collins was...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

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.