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Can the IoT be immunized?

The Financial Times recently published an article that explores the dangers of an unsecured IoT ecosystem. As the article notes, human pandemics such as the Spanish Flu illustrate how poor cyber-health could potentially lead to a global malware attack. “The deadliest plague in history is the influenza pandemic of 1918. The so-called Spanish Flu claimed victims […]

U.S. Senate legislation seeks to bolster federal IoT security

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), have introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster the security of Internet-connected devices. Specifically, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 would require that devices purchased by the […]

British police official eyes security ratings for IoT-connected devices

A British police official has suggested that televisions, fridges and other internet-connected home appliances should carry a cyber security score alongside energy efficiency ratings. “Whenever you go into a store now you see fridges and its A down to F in terms of its energy efficiency. [Yet], where are the security ratings?” Durham chief constable […]

FBI expresses concern over Internet-connected toys

Privacy and safety risks The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a public service announcement that encourages consumers to carefully consider cyber security before introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes. “Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions,” the […]

We need to talk about IoT security

Earlier this month, Sophos global head of security research James Lyne told ITProPortal that now is the time for tough, immediate action on dangerously unsafe IoT products. “We’re absolutely in a world of release features, release products, push, push, push – and we’ll worry about security afterwards. Some of these products are so bad, it’s […]

U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights unsecured IoT risks

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a detailed report that explores the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT). As the report warns, the growing ubiquity and pervasive connectivity of IoT devices and networks may pose significant security risks. For example, unauthorized individuals and organizations could gain access to unsecured IoT devices and […]

U.S. firms confirm IoT security breaches

A new survey conducted by Altman Vilandrie & Company confirms that nearly half of U.S. firms using an Internet of Things (IoT) network have been hit by a recent security breach. According to the strategy consulting group, anything with an Internet connection can be hacked, creating serious financial and legal exposure for companies and safety […]

Is malware threatening the future of smart cities?

Writing for IBM’s Security Intelligence publication, Douglas Bonderud notes that the advantages of smart cities offset neither the potential security issues, nor the risk of connected devices and vehicles as unwitting malware carriers. “While it’s impossible to design impenetrable infrastructure, the combination of basic security hygiene with cloud-based detection and remediation tools makes it possible […]

Rambus talks IoT Device Management at IoT World 2017

Last week, Rambus Sr. Director of Security Products Asaf Ashkenazi gave a presentation about enabling cost effective connected device security at IoT World 2017 in Santa Clara. According to Ashkenazi, there are a number of reasons why IoT device OEMs currently skimp on security. “These include low profit margins, limited CPU and memory resources combined […]

Rambus demonstrates CryptoManager IoT Device Management with STMicroelectronics

Rambus is teaming up with STMicroelectronics to showcase its recently announced IoT Device Management service as part of its CryptoManager™ platform. The two companies are working together to simplify provisioning and device management for IoT OEMs and service providers. Designed for the Internet of Things (IoT), the demo showcases an STM32 microcontroller (MCU) connected to Rambus […]

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