UK, Canada, and Singapore join forces to secure IoT devices

The UK, Canada, and Singapore are joining forces to improve the security of IoT devices.

In a joint statement, the governments of the respective countries noted the economic and social benefits of IoT devices. However, they also warned of the risks of insecure IoT devices not just to consumers’ own security, privacy, and safety, but also to the broader economy through large-scale cyberattacks.

Many record-breaking cyberattacks have taken advantage of the often poor...

Japanese firms team up to protect connected cars

NTT Communications and DENSO are joining forces to respond “to the threat of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks against vehicles.”

The companies are developing the Security Operation Center for Vehicles (VSOC).

Hackers target connected cars for numerous reasons, including location tracking, data gathering, and causing physical harm.

NTT brings to the partnership its vast knowledge and solutions in fields such as networking and cloud computing....

Natali Tshuva, Sternum: On ‘future-proof’ IoT security

Sternum is using patented technology to protect IoT devices against even unknown vulnerabilities in real-time.

The company was co-founded by Natali Tshuva, who was recognised for her talents from an early age and was handpicked at 19 to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces’ 8200 unit (the equivalent of the MI6 in the UK or the NSA in the US.) She then went on to hold numerous high-level cybersecurity roles before founding Sternum.

IoT News caught up with Natali to...

Verizon: IoT/mobile cyberattacks leading to downtime increase 22%

Verizon’s latest Mobile Security Index (MSI) highlights continuing growth in IoT/mobile cyberattacks leading to downtime.

According to the research, cyberattacks in the last year involving a mobile/IoT device – that resulted in data or system downtime – increased 22 percent year-on-year.

23 percent of surveyed enterprises had suffered a compromise. Of those, 74 percent said the impact was “major” and over a third (34%) said that it had lasting...

Fronton botnet can launch trending disinformation campaigns

A Russian IoT botnet known as Fronton can use inauthentic coordinated behaviour to launch disinformation trends on social media.

“Trends” on social media platforms are how many people keep updated with what’s going on in the world. There’s growing awareness of not believing everything that’s posted under a trend – especially around developing events like terror attacks – but there’s often an acceptance that it’s trending because enough real people are posting...

Mirai variant ‘Beastmode’ exploits fresh vulnerabilities

A variant of the Mirai botnet called Beastmode has been observed exploiting recently-discovered vulnerabilities.

The Mirai botnet is composed primarily of IoT and embedded devices. In 2016, Mirai made national headlines when it used exploited connected devices to overwhelm several high-profile targets with record-setting Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks.

Mirai’s original creator was arrested in the fall of 2018 but variants have continued to emerge which...

Eseye and Armis launch solution to secure devices on cellular networks

Global IoT connectivity services provider Eseye has partnered with device security platform Armis to launch a solution for securing devices on cellular networks.

The partners first announced their Connectivity Management Platform in April 2021—boasting the ability for organisations to deploy connected devices anywhere in the world with enterprise-class security and consistent, reliable cellular (4G/LTE/5G) connectivity.

Devices benefit from being able to seamlessly...

Editorial: 10 predictions for the IoT in 2022

As we begin wrapping up the year, it’s time to predict what the IoT industry will look like in 2022.

Seamlessly connected homes

“The US market has seen substantial year-over-year growth in the number of connected homes, and this is expected to continue in the years to come,” analysts from McKinsey said in a recent report.

“However, we're still far from the vision of seamlessly connected homes.”

The emergence of Thread as a widely-backed...

UK introduces PSTI bill to protect IoT devices

The UK has introduced the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) bill which promises to protect IoT devices.

Many “smart” devices fail to live up to their name when it comes to security. As manufacturers seek to keep pace with the demand for IoT devices, security is too often an afterthought.

Julia Lopez, Minister for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure, said:

“Every day hackers attempt to break into people’s smart devices....

Trend Micro and Fujitsu set out to secure connected vehicles

Cybersecurity giant Trend Micro has partnered with Fujitsu on a solution to secure connected vehicles.

The pair are collaborating with “automotive-related” manufacturers to ensure the solution meets their needs.

A V-SOC (Vehicle-Security Operation Center) is the core service at the centre of the solution—featuring an abnormality attack detection engine, vital data collection for incident response, and monitoring analysis notifications.

On the backend,...