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  • Internet of Things security check: How 3 smart devices can be dumb about the risks

    Internet of Things security is no longer a foggy future issue, as more and more such devices enter the market--and our lives. From self-parking cars to home automation systems to wearable smart devices, analysts currently estimate that some 50 billion to 200 billion devices could be connected to the Internet in 2020. Google CEO Eric Schmidt told world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, "there will be so many sensors, so many devices, that you won't even sense it, it will be all around you," he said. "It will be part of your presence all the time."

    Robert Lemos | 19 Feb | Read more

  • Connected homes can be easy targets for hackers, says cybersecurity firm

    Nearly all the fancy hardware in your connected home is inherently flawed when it comes to security. That's one of the painful takeaways from a new report by Synack, a subscription Security-as-as-Service (SaaS) startup in Menlo Park, California. The company's analysis will be a rude awakening for anyone who thinks they have a bullet-proof home-security system, whether it's a DIY project or a pricey custom job.

    Paul Lilly | 14 Feb | Read more

  • Social engineering stories from the front lines

    It's always amazing how little attention social engineering attacks get when discussing enterprise information security risks. After all, it's usually easier to get an unsuspecting employee to click on a link than it is to find an exploitable vulnerability on a reasonably hardened webserver. Social engineering attacks come from many different angles: from targeted e-mails, phone call pretexting, or acting like a service technician or other innocuous person to obtain access to the IT resources and data they seek.

    George V. Hulme | 30 Jan | Read more

  • The Internet of Robotic Things: Secure, harmless helpers or vulnerable, vicious foes?

    Experts say robots will be commonplace in 10 years. "Many respondents see advances in [artificial intelligence] and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by the year 2025--from distant manufacturing processes to the most mundane household activities," says Aaron Smith, senior researcher, The Pew Research Center's Internet Project, speaking of the several experts quoted in his "Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025".

    David Geer | 24 Jan | Read more

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