Three in five mobile users are worried about IoT, argues MEF

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A new Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) report has highlighted major concerns among mobile users about a world of connected and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, finding three in five (60%) are worried.

The MEF report surveyed over 5,000 mobile users in South Africa, India, China, Germany, France, Brazil, US and UK, supported by AVG Technologies. Concerns about the perceived threats and risks are high despite consumers clearly seeing tangible benefits in IoT, the report argues, with just one...

By IoT News, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why device management presents a risk to IoT adoption at scale

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IoT firm DevicePilot has said that managing internet-enabled devices is a major challenge for the success of the Internet of Things.

The company presented the results of its survey of 50 companies planning IoT application deployments at various scales across different industry sectors, including smart homes and cities, elderly care/wellness, industrial monitoring, retail and public services, refrigeration and energy management.

According to the survey, 'risk to growth' was...

By IoT News, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Securing IoT: Taking the pulse of the network

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Manufacturers and developers from a diverse range of industries are already developing and integrating IoT devices into their products, and in the process are creating new and compelling services and business models. From connected cars and smart homes, to connected ‘wearables’ such as Fitbit and Jawbone, the IoT has already established itself.

As increasingly...

By John English, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

More IoT device security woes in latest Bitdefender research

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New research shows that the move to smart homes is actually putting householders at risk of privacy theft after the discovery that a number of commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) consumer devices are vulnerable to cyber attack.

The study, by security provider Bitdefender, showed that four products – the LIFX Bulb, MUZO Cobblestone audio receiver, LinkHub and WeMo switch were all susceptible to breaches.

How each device connected to the Internet and the cloud, as well as the...

By IoT News, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Security for 80% of connected devices not in place, says AdaptiveMobile

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Mobile network security provider AdaptiveMobile argues that up to 80% of connected devices do not possess sufficient security requirements, with a similar proportion of devices liable to hacks and data breaches.

An excerpt from Gartner’s research report ‘Predict 2016: Security Solution’ says: “[The] security market will continue to evolve alongside new requirements from the Internet of Things, cloud computing and sophisticated targeted...

By IoT News, 23 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

More than a third of UK consumers do not know how to secure their connected devices

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A survey of over 6,000 UK residents by BullGuard has found that 72% of UK consumers would not know how to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The report highlights the fact that the IoT is on the path to become ubiquitous and that consumers have serious security concerns with regard to connected devices, with over a quarter of consumers are planning to purchase IoT devices in the next 12 months.

The survey found that 34% of respondents had already been on the receiving end of a...

By IoT News, 18 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Study argues InfoSec workers not able to deal with IoT enterprise security concerns

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Good news and bad news: information security professionals are becoming more aware of the risks presented by the proliferation of endpoints through the Internet of Things (IoT), but they are struggling to prepare to address the growing threat.

That is the verdict from a new piece of research from Pwnie Express. In a report entitled ‘The Internet of Evil Things’, which polled more than 400 global IT security professionals, the researchers argued Coolpad devices were the...

By IoT News, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Gartner highlights top 10 IoT technologies for 2017 and 2018

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The latest research note from analyst house Gartner has zeroed in on 10 IoT technologies that will play a key role in an organisation’s development, including low power networks, operating systems, and device management capabilities.

The full list of trends includes IoT security; IoT analytics; IoT device management; low-power, short-range IoT networks; low-power, wide-area networks; IoT processors; IoT operating systems; Event stream processing; IoT platforms; and IoT standards...

By IoT News, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security.

#MWC16: F-Secure's router brings Sense to IoT security

With all your IoT devices transmitting sensitive data – you want to ensure it's secure. You would hope security is a priority to manufacturers of the devices you purchase, but even those with the best intentions can leave a hole open to exploit from ever-capable hackers. 

F-Secure has long been a trusted guardian of your technology, and many people will have used their desktop and mobile solutions to help ensure malicious activity is blocked. The company is bringing their security expertise...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Review: Welcome home Netatmo

Netatmo’s security camera, Welcome, is getting better with age. Last month, the Welcome received an update with improved facial recognition, smoke alarm detection, and personal FTP storage. The update has prompted us to give the device a proper test, and see how it's getting on in the increasingly crowded market. 

"Welcome is a game changer, making smart homes even smarter," claims Fred Potter, Founder and CEO at Netatmo. "It is the most...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

IoT security: How device manufacturers and security providers need to gain user trust

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The conversations around security and the Internet of Things (IoT) will not go away any time soon - but if the fears are put off for much longer, it could be too late. A report issued last month by Telefonica argued this very case; the cyber security industry lags behind the proliferation of IoT devices, and the effects are potentially catastrophic.

So what needs to be done in the meantime? Axel Hansmann, VP portfolio and strategy for Gemalto’s M2M business, argues device...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

IoT devices may be used to spy on you, claims US intelligence chief

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Little is a surprise when it comes to government surveillance, but it seems there are simply no boundaries as to how or when citizens' privacy can be invaded. It was only a matter of time, but the US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said that security agencies may snoop on citizens using Internet of Things devices. 

Connected devices often have a range...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Security guidelines for the IoT published by GSMA

The GSMA, an official body which represents telecom companies, has published guidelines today which aim to ensure the secure deployment of IoT services and devices. Developed in consultation with the mobile industry, ‘The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines’ will help to boost growth of this exciting sector. 

“As billions of devices become connected in the Internet of Things, offering innovative and interconnected new services, the possibility of potential vulnerabilities...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Standards.

Managing the Internet of Everything: Why failure is not an option

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From smart buildings to intelligent production lines, organisations are rapidly adopting Internet connected devices to improve performance, reduce costs and transform customer experience. However, many of these Internet of Everything (IoE) implementations remain outside the corporate network – creating serious security concerns and constraining decision making.

Today there is a massive gap in expectation and language between IT and operational teams deploying IoE, not least that...

By John Pepper, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Covata’s key as a service aims to sort out IoT security

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Security firm Covata has announced its ‘key as a service’ (KaaS) offering is to be initially deployed with Cisco as its partner.

The product aims to remove the inconvenience of encryption key and access policy management via patent pending techniques such as key fragmentation and GeoLoc. The solution will also provide protection against impending legal and regulatory challenges.

Cisco is set to deploy Covata’s new ‘Key-as-a-Service’ (KaaS) offering in a number...

By IoT News, 04 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Nokia beefs-up IoT security with network-wide tool

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Nokia has launched a network-wide tool called NetGuard this morning, providing operators with an easy-to-use platform to monitor and control all the multi-vendor security systems deployed across its telecommunications network.

Since moving away from their handset business – after selling the division to Microsoft in 2013 – Nokia has focused on its network...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

ForeScout secures $76m funding to accelerate development in IoT security

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ForeScout Technologies, a company which aims to provide ‘agentless’ cybersecurity, has announced it has raised $76 million (£53.2m) in funding to accelerate leadership in the “underserved” Internet of Things (IoT) security space.

The round of funding for the California-based company, which currently possesses a valuation of $1 billion, was led by Wellington Management. ForeScout has seen its valuation triple in the past year and a half even as its...

By IoT News, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Vectra Networks reveals worrying vulnerability in IoT devices

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Threat management provider Vectra Networks has revealed a potentially alarming security hack in a Wi-Fi-enabled camera – which could have repercussions for other IoT devices.

The experiment, carried out by Vectra Threat Labs, found the researchers were able to reprogram a D-Link Wi-Fi camera, priced at $30, to function as a network backdoor without halting the camera’s option. In theory, hackers could have full access to an organisation’s network bypassing traditional...

By IoT News, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Accenture survey raises questions over IoT device uptake

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Security and privacy concerns are among the key barriers to buying an IoT device and service, according to a poll of almost 30,000 consumers released by Accenture.

“Until the promise of IoT meets consumers’ expectations, the IoT market will remain more promise than profit and do little to reinvigorate the overall digital consumer market,” said Sami Luukonen, global managing director for Accenture’s electronics and high tech group.

The survey findings put...

By IoT News, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Smart cities to use 1.6 billion connected things by 2016

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A new Gartner study has estimated that smart commercial buildings will be the highest IoT user until 2017, after which smart homes will take over with just over one billion connected things in 2018.

The Gartner study estimates that 1.6 billion connected things will be in use by smart cities in 2016, marking an increase of 39% from 2015.

IoT implementation can greatly benefit commercial real estate, offering a unified view for...

By IoT News, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.