Not long ago, Dick Bussiere visited a power station. The visit was part of his job as Tenable Network Security's principal architect for the Asia Pacific Region. And what did he find? A machine running Windows 2000 Server connected to the network, in control of things.
Describing a world in which every object—refrigerators, thermostats, toilet seats, and more—is connected to the Internet, the concept’s proponents promise that it will make our lives easier. In reality, it creates a pervasive cyber security nightmare: If your refrigerator can go online, your refrigerator can be hacked. Not only is the term itself silly, it also promises a world that hardly seems desirable.
Someone starts talking to you about the Internet of Things (IoT). Do you smile and nod along, with no idea what they are referencing, or do you have something to add? Do you fall somewhere in the middle? No matter where you are on the spectrum, we’ve put together a few talking points you can use to sound not only smart, but also ahead of the curve, next time IoT comes up in a conversation.
The Internet of Things (IoT) requires certainty and this is why the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) published a draft framework of privacy and security guidelines for IoT devices. Will regulators will validate that setting a more suitable playfield for the IoT?
A cloud of nanoparticles washes through a field. Tiny sensors gather data on variants in air current, moisture and temperature. The pH balance of the water and the soil is constantly monitored and the growth rate, health and sustainability of the crop is continually assessed. The dust of nanoparticles—some may call it smart dust—can detect invaders in the field, be it a disease infecting the crop, small animals or humans and dispatch another cloud of dust to combat the threat.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced its latest home product, the OnHub RouterGoogle, yesterday in an official blog post by Group Product Manager Trond Wuellner. The router has been developed in collaboration with TP-Link, and Google hopes the new router will address issues users face with traditional ones.
Intel has always been good at marketing. Remember the dancing factory workers in their multi-colored bunny suits? Well, a new reality show produced by Mark Burnett, the guy behind The Apprentice and Survivor, will star people using Intel chips to make Internet-connected devices. It’s just one example of how the chip giant is focusing its marketing muscle on the so-called Internet of things, the emerging technology category that involves connecting locomotives, coffee makers and factories online.
In 1973, the American sociologist Daniel Bell, in his book, The Coming of the Post Industrial Society [pdf], predicted that advanced societies would change from being based on manufacturing of goods to ones in which knowledge workers would occupy a central position.
This did happen, but because of the meteoric rise of information technology, the development of the Internet, and the widespread adoption of cellphones, the change has been far beyond expectations. These technologies are changing not only society, but the economic models on which society is based.
Want to get money out of an ATM? You'll need need both a PIN number and your debit card. In many stores, credit card purchases require an I.D. Both of these are well-accepted forms of two-factor authentication that people use without issue.
But when it comes to the Internet, many users would rather rely on a simple password than deal with the hassle of needing an extra code either written on a piece of paper or sent to their phones via text message. Who can blame them?
If the barrage of data breaches and hacks over the past few years has taught us anything, it's that passwords alone provide a pretty weak security system.
The problem is that a string of letters and characters alone will always be relatively easy to hack or steal, especially through trickery like phishing attacks over email. And to make matters worse, many people use the same password for more than one account, making it easier to get hold of all kinds of valuable personal information.
Discover the latest in Customer and Industrial IoT in this inaugural two-day event, which brings innovators from the startup and developer communities together with the corporate world. We'll create and advance business opportunities within the Internet of Things (IoT) and explore the intersections between startup innovation ecosystems and corporates moving into the IoT.