IoT Security Foundation launch certification scheme ahead of potential laws

The UK-based IoT Security Foundation has partnered with the IAMSE Consortium to develop a certification scheme for products ahead of potential legislation.

A set of 30 checks in total have been created to provide a minimum bar for cybersecurity which is both simple and cost-effective for manufacturers to implement.

The partners have established a national network of bodies authorising to certify the various checks. If an applicant passes the checks, they’ll be issued with a certificate along with the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Sigfox makes four key IoT announcements during Connect 2019

Global IoT network operator Sigfox has made four major announcements during its annual Connect event.

Ludovic Le Moan, CEO and co-founder of Sigfox, opened Connect 2019 in Singapore this morning and unveiled the following announcements during his keynote:

Sigfox launches Private Area Network (PAN) to offer greater choice

The first major announcement is Sigfox’s launch of a Private Area Network (PAN) to offer businesses a choice between a private or global service dependent on their needs.

The service...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Australia releases a draft code of practice for IoT cybersecurity

The Australian government has drafted a code of practice in a bid to improve the IoT’s well-publicised lack of security.

While the huge Mirai botnet attack on DNS provider Dyn in 2016 was devastating, one positive thing it achieved was to increase awareness about the poor security of IoT devices.

Ever since that high profile incident, governments have doubled their efforts in coming up with ideas to prevent IoT devices from being compromised. For Australia, that's...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

tado's first SaaS product speeds-up heating repairs while reducing carbon

Smart heating company tado is launching its first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product which helps to speed-up repairs while reducing carbon.

tado 360 is an offering for utilities and heating service companies which monitors the health of a customer's heating system.

When a breakdown occurs, engineers are supplied with more detailed information about the problem in order for a faster and more efficient repair.

Heating is essential, especially during the winter months when breakdowns occur most. For...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Revenues from ‘multi-family’ IoT device sales to expand significantly, says Navigant

The annual revenue from ‘multi-family’ IoT device sales is expected to increase to $35.6 billion (£29bn) by 2028 at a CAGR of 23.8%, according to Navigant Research.

According to the report, titled “IoT for Multifamily New Construction and Retrofit Markets”, builders and property managers are becoming more aware of the benefits of building-wide smart home technology, and stakeholders have started to...

By IoT News, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Ring discusses the smart home, choosing IoT standards, and its mission to reduce crime

IoT News caught up with Ring at IFA Berlin to discuss the smart home, how it chooses what standards to use, and its mission to reduce crime.

A vast number of Ring customers likely picked up a video doorbell primarily for uses such as avoiding missed packages. The ability to be almost anywhere in the world and be able to speak to a delivery driver at your door still feels futuristic even several years later.

While a large number of people consider video doorbells a convenience, Ring wants to make clear...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Smart doorbell firm Ring gives 400 police forces access to footage

Smart doorbell company Ring has forged a relationship with over 400 police forces to provide them with video clips from users' devices.

Ring is calling its provision of footage to police America's "new neighbourhood watch". When a crime has been committed in an area, police can access footage from Ring doorbells in the area which could assist with catching the culprit/s.

Users will first receive a notification that the police wish to access recordings from the device on the date and time of...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

IKEA doubles down on its smart home ambitions

IKEA is planning to make an even bigger bet on the smart home with a new dedicated business unit and increased investment.

“At IKEA we want to continue to offer products for a better life at home for the many people going forward. In order to do so we need to explore products and solutions beyond conventional home furnishing,” says Björn Block, Head of the new IKEA Home smart Business Unit at IKEA of Sweden. 

After launching smart home lighting in 2017, IKEA has been quickly expanding...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Evan Cummack: Why now is the perfect time to jump into the IoT 

Evan Cummack, Twilio’s head of IoT & Wireless, explains why now is the perfect time to jump into the Internet of Things.

Cummack led a session titled ‘The IoT opportunity right outside your door’ at this year’s Twilio Signal conference in San Francisco. That IoT opportunity, Cummack says, is creating “entrepreneurial whitespace” larger than PC, mobile, and even the web.

When just about every ‘thing’ can be connected to the internet in some way, it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Trend Micro blocked five million IoT camera hack attempts

Cybersecurity experts from Trend Micro blocked five million attempted hacks of IoT cameras.

IP cameras have become a prime target for hackers. Viewing inside someone’s home or business has clear advantages for someone with malicious intent. This could involve blackmail, or even seeing what items a property holds and whether anyone is around.

Other key reasons provided by Trend Micro for hackers targeting IP cameras include:

  • Constant connectivity. Like many other devices, IP cameras need to be internet-connected to function properly. However, exposure to the internet also makes it easy for hackers to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

IoT attacks could put a £1bn hole in the UK economy

Research from Irdeto suggests IoT attacks may cost the UK economy over £1 billion per year due to lax security measures.

UK organisations in critical industries such as healthcare, transport, and manufacturing were polled by the Dutch security vendor. Irdeto found attacks on IoT equipment caused £244,000 in losses on average.

Steeve Huin, VP at Irdeto, said:

“Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, who are increasingly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

UK gov announce laws to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks

The UK government has announced plans for new laws which aim to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks.

Digital Minister Margot James unveiled the measures today in a bid to slow the huge growth in attacks targeting connected devices.

In a press release, James wrote:

“Many consumer products that are connected to the internet are often found to be insecure, putting consumers privacy and security at risk. Our...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The IoT is being hindered by full-time cybersecurity talent shortage

A report from Experis claims that IoT development is being hindered by companies failing to hire full-time cybersecurity talent.

In the latest Industry Insiders report, Experis highlights the growth in cybersecurity vacancies posted in Q4 2018. 13,214 related jobs were advertised in the quarter – representing a 10 percent year-on-year increase, and 16.6 percent over the previous quarter.

Despite this increasing demand, the average salary has for...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

F-Secure: IoT attacks doubled in 2018, devices are ‘easy prey’

Cybersecurity experts F-Secure have released a report which claims history may remember 2018 as the ‘turning point’ in IoT threats.

In 2018, the firm witnessed double the number of IoT threats as the previous year. The rapid proliferation of connected devices is making the IoT an ever more appetising target for hackers.

Here's the rapid growth in attacks since 2002 detected by F-Secure’s network of ‘honeypot’ servers:

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Report: Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

A paper distributed on ArXiv last week analysed the concerning lack of security when it comes to IoT device apps.

The security issues plaguing IoT devices themselves are well-documented. Security often seems to be an afterthought in the rush to market.

While there’s been a recent explosion in connected devices, app development has been around much longer. The mature development industry has created best practices to help ensure security, but it seems the note hasn’t reached IoT device app...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Japan's law now allows it to hack people’s IoT devices

Japan has approved a law amendment which allows government officials to hack into people’s Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The amendment is part of a survey investigating the number of vulnerable IoT devices carried out by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.