Microsoft aims to secure low-cost IoT devices with Project Sopris

Microsoft hopes its Project Sopris initiative will help to secure low-cost IoT devices which have proven to have inherent weaknesses.

Sopris is the name Microsoft has given to an initiative which targets microcontrollers as they represent “a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity.”

Tens of billions of devices use microcontrollers and each poses a potential threat to security and privacy. We’ve already seen hacks affecting...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Darktrace’s AI is designed to prevent the next Snowden – and it’s already caught its first victim

Darktrace Antigena is an AI which aims to automate the fight against hacking from both external and internal threats, and it’s already caught its first victim.

As Google’s ongoing lawsuit against former employee Anthony Levandowski shows, protecting corporate secrets from leaking could prevent a big headache. By detecting odd behaviour, Darktrace believes its...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Why IoT devices are powering affordable ‘DDoS-for-hire’ services

Opinion For as long as there has been cyber crime, there have been illegal exploit kits for sale.

Sure, these vary from the elementary to the advanced, but the malicious tools needed to commit cyber crime, theft, hacktivism or participate in run-of-the-mill online havoc are only a click away.

But the raw power, scale and sophistication for sale via those clicks is growing at unprecedented rates. The catalyst for this momentum is, yet again, unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This is known as the 

By Duncan Hughes, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

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 found dead in a friend’s...

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.

Opening up Mirai to...

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 the rise of IoT come...

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

Study reveals 80 percent of IoT apps left unsecured

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A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute has revealed 80 percent of IoT apps have security vulnerabilities that are putting consumers and organisations at risk. 

While the scale of vulnerabilities is concerning, more so is the apparent lack of care about securing apps from the start. 55 percent of the 593 IT security practitioners surveyed claim there is "a lack of quality assurance and testing procedures for IoT...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

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 botnet's creator. 

Brian Krebs was determined to find Mirai's creator after his site was...

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