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GSMA Intelligence and Juniper Research argue that 5G and Embedded SIMs (eSIM) will play a significant role in industrial IoT

Despite some initial slowdown in adoption during this year’s healthcare crisis, the number of connected IoT devices keeps growing. The latest figures released by Juniper Research indicate that in just five years, industrial IoT connections will more than double, going from 17.7 billion in 2020 to 36.8 billion in 2025.

This year’s pandemic has sped up the desire to automate more industrial processes further, as factories need to prepare for more restrictions and potential lockdowns. Additionally, many of the current processes requiring a machine operator’s presence could be automated or remotely controlled, allowing some factory workers to work from home or in a more protected environment.

Additionally, two new cellular technologies can further penetrate the industrial IoT market: the fifth generation of cellular networks (5G) and embedded subscriber identity module (eSIM).

Initially adopted for connected cars and wearables, eSIMs are now entering the industrial space, especially for massive IoT deployments. The ability to deploy thousands of IoT devices, especially sensors, perform secure onboarding, and provision cellular credentials over the air, makes eSIMs a key technology for adoption in several industries.

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According to GSMA Intelligence, “eSIM adoption in the IoT market is still low relative to its long-term potential. Automotive is an exception and a benchmark for other verticals. Connected cars account for a significant share of eSIM connections today. […] Beyond connected vehicles and wearables, eSIM could become the primary means of cellular network authentication in other use cases such as consumer electronics, utilities, and smart manufacturing, especially if 5G adoption reaches scale in the enterprise market.”

Juniper Research suggests that 5G roll-out has the potential to introduce next-generation functionalities to industrial IoT, including:

  • Video data processing to drive real-time quality testing of output from smart factories and machines.
  • The ability to remotely manage and diagnose connected machinery.
  • The introduction of industrial robots using real-time latency; enabling machines to work safely alongside humans.
  • Data processing in the cloud or at the edge.
  • Deployment of AI within connected networks; allowing for advanced analysis of machine functionality and potential threats.

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Network slicing and ultra-low latency are crucial for 5G IoT adoption

Another key technology supported by 5G is Network Slicing. By creating different slices of the spectrum for critical use, specific services can enjoy secure, continuous connectivity and low latency. Some critical applications such as healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and remote machine operation require this reliability level.

Additionally, the ultra-low latency that the 5G New Radio (5G NR) provides will enable industries to perform critical tasks such as remote machine operation, autonomous driving, secure monitoring, and emergency shutdowns.

As the new 5G networks are deployed, the availability of these and other new capabilities are beginning to catch many industries’ attention. It will take several years, however, for the full capabilities of 5G to be widely available.

GSMA Intelligence report says that “Covid-19 reduces car sales, but also drives stronger-than-ever urgency for digital transformation.” Adding that “while cellular networks currently serve 15% of total IoT connections, the explosion of the IoT market provides significant room for growth in the cellular IoT space and, within it, eSIM adoption.”

Juniper Research author Scarlett Woodford noted: “Manufacturers must exercise caution when implementing IoT technology; resisting the temptation to introduce connectivity to all aspects of operations. Instead, manufacturers must focus on the collection of data on the most valuable areas to drive efficiency gains.”

Originally published by
Pablo Valerio | November 24, 2020
IoT Times

 

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Managing IoT Data Security Risks

The use of 5G technology and IoT infrastructure is about to change our lives in ways we coud not of imagined a few years back, with access to new applications and new types of "smart devices" and the ability for devices to communicate between each other, its breath taking and mind blowing thinking about the possibilities, but  there are still issues holding back this capability taking off into the mainstream and that is the concern over personal and data security issues (and rightly so).  The article below "The Need to Secure Data in Modern Computing"  written by  Matthew Rosenquist and published on Medium.com, hits the nail on the head, on why there needs to be a new approach to security in this environment. The reason for this is that we have compute and connectivity capability built into your toaster, refrigerator, door bell, inodoor/outdoor lights, street lights and traffic lights and we could go on and on. The variety of devices, the lack of management, power and resources in general mean that we can not protect these devices andthe underlying infrastructure the way that traditional computing infrastructure can be protected. So although I don't personally endorse the techniques and the platform that Matthew and the rest of the Eclipz team have suggested and are bringing to market, as I believe there will be other ideas coming forward also, I do applaud them for making the bold step and thinking outside the box and to take head on a difficult problem inorder to move an industry forward.

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The Need to Secure Data in Modern Computing

 
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Matthew Rosenquist, Published on Medium.com on November 24th 2020
Cybersecurity Strategist and CISO specializing in the evolution of threats, opportunities, and risks in pursuit of optimal security

 

 

Smart devices are everywhere and being integrated into all facets of our lives, from toothbrushes to automobiles. Entire cities are becoming ‘smart’, as are factories, governments, global retail, freight logistics, and all national critical infrastructure sectors. As individuals, we are becoming hubs for multiple connected devices in our homes and on our persons. Phones, watches, health monitors, medical devices, and clothing manufactures have joined in to develop connected apparel and accessories. Cameras, doorbells, appliances, televisions, thermostats, voice assistants, and light fixtures are just the beginning of the digitalization of our homes. These wonderful tools of the modern world, some no bigger than a coin, provide amazing capabilities and tremendous convenience; they connect and enhance our lives in amazing ways.

Unfortunately, they also introduce equitable risks. The aggregated risks from all the Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, now approaching 50 billion in number, adds up to a big problem for everyone.

Sadly, the dark secret is that IoT and their close cousins Industrial IoT (IIoT) devices which we typically embrace, are very insecure. These systems are notoriously hackable; the data they create and share is often vulnerable to exposure, and the devices themselves can be leveraged as a platform by attackers to target more important systems in our lives. IoT insecurity represents one of the next great challenges for the technology industry that is struggling to preserve the trust of consumers from cyber threats which are easily finding ways to undermine the security, privacy, and safety of users.

Most IoT devices are miniature and very limited when it comes to the computing resources necessary for secure capabilities. It is difficult to know who owns or possesses them, if they have been hacked, and if they are acting in undesired ways. This makes IoT devices not very trustworthy. To compound the problem, IoT devices tend to share data over insecure networks like wireless and the Internet. This mix is a recipe that cybercriminals and hackers enjoy.

The functional backbone for IoT devices is all about gathering, processing, and sharing data. One of the primary challenges is to protect the data going to and emanating from the devices. Legacy technology largely fails when it comes to secure communications at this scale and difficulty. More comprehensive, effective, and sustainable capabilities are needed to keep pace with evolving threats.

Connecting IoT technologies to share data securely is difficult. Some standards exist for specific use-cases, such a web browsing, but most of the emerging IoT devices and services require a synthetization of architectures, algorithms, and compatibilities that current solutions don’t satisfy. That is why we are seeing a flood of IoT compromises and the future advances of hackers will only increase the victimization unless something extraordinary happens.

Where there is innovation leadership, hope survives.

Protecting digital data is important for everyone. Andy Brown, CEO of Sand Hill East, and I penned a joint article Managing IoT Data Breaches, that was published in the Sept 2020 issue of Cybersecurity Magazine, describing the scale and complexity challenges of IoT data protection. Innovation is needed to safeguard data in the new digital landscape!

After 30 years in the industry, I anticipated the future needs and realized the upswell of insecure devices would put everyone at risk if sensitive data could not be protected. I joined the Eclipz team as an Advisory Board member to help advance and tailor the greatly needed capabilities into the commercial market for everyone’s benefit. The Board of Directors asked that I join a stellar executive team as the CISO to further help empower the best technology to make devices and the global digital ecosystem more trustworthy.

Eclipz is an elegant and robust capability to connect untrusted endpoints across insecure networks in ways that protect data from current and evolving threats. Eclipz is not a product unto itself, but rather an architecture and code integrated into everyday products and services, empowering them to communicate securely. That makes it ultimately scalable. It can be applied to protect a vast array of devices, infrastructures, and experiences across every market, making the technology and services people use more secure by protecting the flows of data. The explosion of IoT devices poses one of the greatest attack surfaces ever known and must be better secured. Eclipz technology can strengthen the foundations of IoT ecosystems for the benefit of the global digital community.

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4 IoT Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Hacks

The Internet of Things (IoT) has made it easier for point-of-care centers to track and analyze sensitive medical data for their patients. But with so much confidential data transmitting to and from physicians, it’s crucial that IoT medical devices use safe communication protocols that encrypt their data.

Unfortunately, many IoT medical devices have major security vulnerabilities, which put patient data at too much risk and can make it harder for healthcare professionals to rely on them in the future. What’s more, many IoT devices rely on a limited pool of computing resources, which makes it tough to create solutions that can keep their data encrypted on wireless networks.

To better understand the security vulnerabilities that IoT medical devices face, it’s important to know exactly which products are most at risk of being hacked. In this article, we will cover the four IoT medical devices that are most susceptible to cybersecurity breaches and how to protect them.

1 – Wireless Infusion Pumps

Wireless infusion pumps, as the name may suggest, remove the need for physicians to give their patients vital medical fluids in-person. Instead, these IoT devices can talk with a patient’s electronic health records to speed up fluid infusions and cut down on healthcare costs.

However, the wireless connection protocols that these pumps use can provide low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals to pluck. Wireless infusion pumps, just like a tablet or home computer, need to be hooked up to a network to take in data from a server and send it back out to receiving devices, which makes them vulnerable to malicious software that finds its way onto a wireless network.

Protecting IoT data on the cloud can help point-of-care centers avoid threats on an unencrypted physical network. This is because cloud storage services such as Google Drive or DropBox offer a reduced number of entry points that hackers can use to gain access to a network and compromise IoT devices.

Furthermore, medical organizations can use Google Drive and Dropbox for storing files that contain protected patient information while maintaining HIPAA compliance, so long as a business associate agreement (BAA) is signed with either service.

2 – Implanted Devices

Implanted devices, like the ones that track your body’s cardiovascular functions, wirelessly transfer patient data to expedite the healthcare they receive. However, a faster rate of data transfer doesn’t mean much if it compromises a patient’s confidentiality and puts their health at risk. Hackers who remotely access implanted medical devices can wreak havoc on their functionality and subsequently endanger patients’ lives.

The biggest security issue with implantable devices lies in the way they communicate with each other. Wireless communication systems, like Medtronic’s Conexus protocol, often fail to stop data breaches because they don’t include an incident response plan. Fortunately, in early 2020 Medtronic released patches for security flaws for its devices that had been disclosed in the prior two years.

While this can offer a little assurance, the simple fact remains that these kinds of devices still freely transmit wireless information without authenticating or encrypting it, and they have no Plan B in place in the event that hackers intercept their data. It’s no surprise, then, that implantable devices can be exploited by cyber breaches such as DDoS attacks.

3 – Smartpens

Smartpens are a godsend to physicians who need to quickly access a complete snapshot of their patient’s medical background. These small IoT devices can store and quickly transmit massive amounts of sensitive data to pharmacies and point-of-care centers. It certainly sounds convenient for both patients and doctors, but much of their information is at risk of being compromised.

Smartpens, like implanted devices, expose themselves to cybercriminals with gaping backdoors that can be opened via their network communication protocols. Instead of safely accessing medical records by installing protective software, smart pens often rely on servers directly connected to the internet to store and access sensitive data. Once a hacker exploits these communication protocols, there’s not much left standing in the way between them and a server filled to the brim with confidential patient records.

4 – Vital signs monitors

The IoT makes it possible to remotely monitor a patient’s vital signs using Bluetooth technology and allows doctors to rapidly respond to changes in a patient’s vitals, but it comes at the cost of low-quality encryption methods. This is why as an additional option to relying on the cloud to store patient data, healthcare companies should investigate alternative encryption protocols that target low-power IoT devices.

One solution is for medical companies to make it a policy to always use virtual private networks (VPNs) that come with proven encryption protocols like IKEv2 or L2TP/IPSec when connecting IoT devices to the organization’s network. Using a VPN will hide the IoT devices’ IP addresses and ensure that company and patient data transmitted over the network are kept untraceable.

In any case, encryption protocols need to start compensating for vital signs monitors’ limited pool of computing resources by becoming more sophisticated. Right now, too few encryption protocols for IoT vital monitors sacrifice their quality by being low-power solutions themselves.

Conclusion

It’s crucial for IT teams and cybersecurity personnel working for healthcare companies to know what medical devices powered by IoT are most at risk of hacking and cyber-attacks. A complete understanding of how data assets become vulnerable can help medical organizations figure out how to protect them. This becomes truer than ever as more IoT medical devices are being developed and deployed to hospitals, health clinics, and even patients’ own homes.

Healthcare businesses can give their IT departments a head start in the near future by combining a monitoring view of their active IoT medical devices with the rest of their security initiatives. Right now, the solutions to gain broader visibility into each IoT device that is online are limited. However, creating strategies to discover and detect security threats that integrate with IoT medical devices can safeguard sensitive medical data and protect vulnerable patients.

Originally written by
Ludovic F. Rembert, Head of Research at Privacy Canada | November 11, 2020
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MIT researchers have developed a system, called MCUNet, that brings machine learning to microcontrollers. The advance could enhance the function and security of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)

System brings deep learning to “internet of things” devices

Advance could enable artificial intelligence on household appliances while enhancing data security and energy efficiency.

Deep learning is everywhere. This branch of artificial intelligence curates your social media and serves your Google search results. Soon, deep learning could also check your vitals or set your thermostat. MIT researchers have developed a system that could bring deep learning neural networks to new — and much smaller — places, like the tiny computer chips in wearable medical devices, household appliances, and the 250 billion other objects that constitute the “internet of things” (IoT).

The system, called MCUNet, designs compact neural networks that deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy for deep learning on IoT devices, despite limited memory and processing power. The technology could facilitate the expansion of the IoT universe while saving energy and improving data security.

The research will be presented at next month’s Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. The lead author is Ji Lin, a PhD student in Song Han’s lab in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Co-authors include Han and Yujun Lin of MIT, Wei-Ming Chen of MIT and National University Taiwan, and John Cohn and Chuang Gan of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.

The Internet of Things

The IoT was born in the early 1980s. Grad students at Carnegie Mellon University, including Mike Kazar ’78, connected a Cola-Cola machine to the internet. The group’s motivation was simple: laziness. They wanted to use their computers to confirm the machine was stocked before trekking from their office to make a purchase. It was the world’s first internet-connected appliance. “This was pretty much treated as the punchline of a joke,” says Kazar, now a Microsoft engineer. “No one expected billions of devices on the internet.”

Since that Coke machine, everyday objects have become increasingly networked into the growing IoT. That includes everything from wearable heart monitors to smart fridges that tell you when you’re low on milk. IoT devices often run on microcontrollers — simple computer chips with no operating system, minimal processing power, and less than one thousandth of the memory of a typical smartphone. So pattern-recognition tasks like deep learning are difficult to run locally on IoT devices. For complex analysis, IoT-collected data is often sent to the cloud, making it vulnerable to hacking.

“How do we deploy neural nets directly on these tiny devices? It’s a new research area that’s getting very hot,” says Han. “Companies like Google and ARM are all working in this direction.” Han is too.

With MCUNet, Han’s group codesigned two components needed for “tiny deep learning” — the operation of neural networks on microcontrollers. One component is TinyEngine, an inference engine that directs resource management, akin to an operating system. TinyEngine is optimized to run a particular neural network structure, which is selected by MCUNet’s other component: TinyNAS, a neural architecture search algorithm.

System-algorithm codesign

Designing a deep network for microcontrollers isn’t easy. Existing neural architecture search techniques start with a big pool of possible network structures based on a predefined template, then they gradually find the one with high accuracy and low cost. While the method works, it’s not the most efficient. “It can work pretty well for GPUs or smartphones,” says Lin. “But it’s been difficult to directly apply these techniques to tiny microcontrollers, because they are too small.”

So Lin developed TinyNAS, a neural architecture search method that creates custom-sized networks. “We have a lot of microcontrollers that come with different power capacities and different memory sizes,” says Lin. “So we developed the algorithm [TinyNAS] to optimize the search space for different microcontrollers.” The customized nature of TinyNAS means it can generate compact neural networks with the best possible performance for a given microcontroller — with no unnecessary parameters. “Then we deliver the final, efficient model to the microcontroller,” say Lin.

To run that tiny neural network, a microcontroller also needs a lean inference engine. A typical inference engine carries some dead weight — instructions for tasks it may rarely run. The extra code poses no problem for a laptop or smartphone, but it could easily overwhelm a microcontroller. “It doesn’t have off-chip memory, and it doesn’t have a disk,” says Han. “Everything put together is just one megabyte of flash, so we have to really carefully manage such a small resource.” Cue TinyEngine.

The researchers developed their inference engine in conjunction with TinyNAS. TinyEngine generates the essential code necessary to run TinyNAS’ customized neural network. Any deadweight code is discarded, which cuts down on compile-time. “We keep only what we need,” says Han. “And since we designed the neural network, we know exactly what we need. That’s the advantage of system-algorithm codesign.” In the group’s tests of TinyEngine, the size of the compiled binary code was between 1.9 and five times smaller than comparable microcontroller inference engines from Google and ARM. TinyEngine also contains innovations that reduce runtime, including in-place depth-wise convolution, which cuts peak memory usage nearly in half. After codesigning TinyNAS and TinyEngine, Han’s team put MCUNet to the test.

MCUNet’s first challenge was image classification. The researchers used the ImageNet database to train the system with labeled images, then to test its ability to classify novel ones. On a commercial microcontroller they tested, MCUNet successfully classified 70.7 percent of the novel images — the previous state-of-the-art neural network and inference engine combo was just 54 percent accurate. “Even a 1 percent improvement is considered significant,” says Lin. “So this is a giant leap for microcontroller settings.”

The team found similar results in ImageNet tests of three other microcontrollers. And on both speed and accuracy, MCUNet beat the competition for audio and visual “wake-word” tasks, where a user initiates an interaction with a computer using vocal cues (think: “Hey, Siri”) or simply by entering a room. The experiments highlight MCUNet’s adaptability to numerous applications

“Huge potential”

The promising test results give Han hope that it will become the new industry standard for microcontrollers. “It has huge potential,” he says.

The advance “extends the frontier of deep neural network design even farther into the computational domain of small energy-efficient microcontrollers,” says Kurt Keutzer, a computer scientist at the University of California at Berkeley, who was not involved in the work. He adds that MCUNet could “bring intelligent computer-vision capabilities to even the simplest kitchen appliances, or enable more intelligent motion sensors.”

MCUNet could also make IoT devices more secure. “A key advantage is preserving privacy,” says Han. “You don’t need to transmit the data to the cloud.”

Analyzing data locally reduces the risk of personal information being stolen — including personal health data. Han envisions smart watches with MCUNet that don’t just sense users’ heartbeat, blood pressure, and oxygen levels, but also analyze and help them understand that information. MCUNet could also bring deep learning to IoT devices in vehicles and rural areas with limited internet access.

Plus, MCUNet’s slim computing footprint translates into a slim carbon footprint. “Our big dream is for green AI,” says Han, adding that training a large neural network can burn carbon equivalent to the lifetime emissions of five cars. MCUNet on a microcontroller would require a small fraction of that energy. “Our end goal is to enable efficient, tiny AI with less computational resources, less human resources, and less data,” says Han.

Originally publilshed by
  MIT News Office | November 13, 2020
MIT

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Esurance

Global spending on smart city initiatives is expected to reach $327 billion by 2025, driven by strong growth in projects related to intelligent transportation, data-driven public safety, as well as platform-related and digital twin use cases.

The promise of operational transformation is exciting. If cities architect this correctly, they will be able to harvest unique operational insights from the myriad internet of things (IoT) devices generating massive amounts of data per second. Armed with real-time data analysis, managers can rapidly respond to events requiring immediate investigation, such as a sudden flood or a major traffic accident.

This is great, but let's not celebrate prematurely. Despite the hoopla, smart cities are failing to accomplish most of what's being promised. Not that the idea is flawed — software technology just isn't up to the task.

If cities hope to integrate real-time data sources and devices – such as AI-enabled IP and thermal cameras, IoT sensors, real-time location data or edge sensors – and build applications that will be able to monitor assets, events, people and environments, they need to be both event-driven and distributed. They must be collaborative and scalable. You can't take shortcuts.

Too often, however, we see unwieldy Rube Goldberg-like contraptions built with antiquated tools that are destined to fail. In fairness, it's exceptionally hard to write software that connects everything, not to mention the myriad challenges getting applications to work together in a reliable, scalable manner. But there's no getting around the following:

  • Reliability: A smart city isn't going to be very smart if buggy applications require frequent downtime to install updates and to fix problems. Software needs to be connected 24 x 7 and everything needs to operate at full capacity, no matter what.
  • Response time: Most deployments don’t feature the real-time response and situational awareness that are critical components of any smart city infrastructure.
  • Security: This will continue to be an issue as long as smart cities use applications which rely on databases that routinely capture everything.

Navigating past the shoals

Privacy advocates have already raised qualms about the security of personal information in the era of IoT. Given the massive amount of data ricocheting around a smart city network, they justifiably worry about potential worst-case scenarios.

Clearly, if all this data is going to get captured and stored for processing and analysis, that's going to invite the attention of cyber criminals and others bent on mischief. But modern, event-driven applications don’t require the use of databases. They distribute compute resources and other services out to the edge to guarantee maximum performance, and they filter out huge volumes of extraneous data in order to focus on data related to critical events. When an event is detected, all the required processing and system actions are executed at the edge, immediately.

Two big pluses here: response time is shorter and no personally identifiable information is stored in a database. After a situation has been resolved, the data can be deleted from all of the edge devices.

What's more, most incidents won't require divulging the identity of the individuals involved. Even if the system spots somebody being attacked, you don't have to identify either the attacker or the person being attacked. The system simply identifies the fact that somebody is being attacked and the system then alerts the police in real time.

Originally written by
Marty Sprinzen, CEO and co-founder of Vantiq | November 11, 2020
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San Francisco (CNN Business)Amazon-subsidiary Ring is recalling hundreds of thousands of video doorbells after receiving reports of them catching fire.

The potential fire hazard impacts around 350,000 2nd generation Ring doorbells sold in the United States and roughly 8,700 more sold in Canada, according to a notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday. The $100 doorbells were sold on Ring's website and on Amazon (AMZN) between June 2020 and October 2020, according to the CPSC.

"The video doorbell's battery can overheat when the incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards," the notice said.
According to the notice, Ring has thus far received 23 reports of doorbells catching fire and causing property damage, as well as eight reports of minor burns.

Ring did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.
Customers can check whether their Ring doorbells are impacted by the recall at this link on the company's support website, by entering the model and serial number printed on the back of the device.

Ring, bought by Amazon in 2018, has been caught up in controversy in the past. Last year, it announced partnerships with more than 400 police departments across the United States to give law enforcement easier access to videos recorded on its doorbells. The partnerships allowed police to submit requests for video recordings for certain locations to help with active investigations.

But privacy advocates slammed the move, saying at the time that it threatened to create a 24/7 surveillance program.
More recently, in September, Ring unveiled the Always Home Cam — a $250 drone with an attached camera that can automatically fly around your house and stream video to your smartphone.

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By Rishi Iyengar, CNN Business | November 10, 2020

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New guidelines from ENISA (European Union Agency for Cyersecurity) recommend that all stages of the IoT device lifecycle need to be considered to help ensure devices are secure.

The supply chain around the Internet of Things (IoT) has become the weak link in cybersecurity, potentially leaving organisations open to cyber attacks via vulnerabilities they're not aware of. But a newly released set of guidelines aims to ensure that security forms part of the entire lifespan of IoT product development.

The Guidelines for Securing the IoT – Secure Supply Chain for IoT report from ENISA sets out recommendations throughout the entire IoT supply chain to help keep organisations protected from vulnerabilities which can arise when building connected things.

One of the key recommendations is that cybersecurity expertise should be further integrated into all layers of organisations, including engineering, management, marketing and others so anyone involved in any part of the supply chain has the ability to identify potential risks – hopefully spotting and addressing them at an early stage of the product development cycle and preventing them from becoming a major issue.

It's also recommended that 'Security by Design' is adopted at every stage of the IoT development process, focusing on careful planning and risk management to ensure that any potential security issues with devices are caught early.

"Early decisions made during the design phase usually have impactful implications on later stages, especially during maintenance," said the report.

Another recommendation that organisations throughout the product development and deployment cycle should forge better relationships in order to address security loopholes which may arise when there's no communication between those involved.

These include errors in design due to lack of visibility in the supply chain of components – something which can happen when there's misunderstandings or lack of coordination between parts manufacturers and the IoT vendor.

However, not all responsibility should rely with IoT manufacturers, the paper also recommends that customers and end-user organisations need to play a role in supply chain implementation and can "benefit greatly from dedicating resources to studying the current landscape and adapting the existing best practices to their particular case".

"Securing the supply chain of ICT products and services should be a prerequisite for their further adoption particularly for critical infrastructure and services. Only then can we reap the benefits associated with their widespread deployment, as it happens with IoT," said Juhan Lepassaar, executive director or ENISA.

Originally published by
Danny Palmer| November 10, 2020
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Internet of Things (IoT) represents a digital mesh of internet-connected devices. IoT comes in various forms and sizes. They could be in your living room as a smart virtual assistant, a smart home security system, or your car in the garage. In the larger scheme of things, they take the form of smart cities that have traffic signals connected to the internet.  

Statistics suggest that every second 127 new IoT devices are connected to the web. By 2021, at least 35 billion IoT devices will be installed globally. Such is the rapid growth of IoT. Unknown to many, there is a silent force that is enabling this rapid ascent of IoT: allied Digital Twins.

Digital Twin is a virtual replica of a physical device. They are used by IoT developers, researchers, and scientists for running simulations without having a physical device. In a way, digital twins can be given credit for the mushrooming growth of IoT.  

How Do Digital Twins Work?

An IoT device takes occupancy like a physical object in the real world. A digital twin is the virtual representation of the physical device in a system. It replicates the physical dimensions, capabilities, and functionalities of the IoT device in a virtual environment.  

The sensors attached to the IoT device gather data and send it back to its digital twin. IoT developers and researchers use the data to create new schemas and logic and test it upon the digital twin. Once vetted, the working code is updated into the IoT device through over the air updates. 

Digital Twin Use Cases

Digital Twin use cases exist in every industry and space of IoT. From delicate healthcare to mechanical manufacturing, digital twins can act as a pillar of support for IoT initiatives in every industry. We are already aware of AI-based chatbots and its use case in different industries, similarly here, a digital twin can be used.

Healthcare 

IoT in healthcare takes the form of patient wearables, fitness trackers, motion trackers, etc. Digital twins enable developers to test out new functionalities, make the device take accurate readings, and also invent new ways to exchange data between the data and the servers. In fact, doctors can also use the digital twin of the patient to monitor their vital stats on a real-time basis.  

For example, a doctor can visualize a patient’s vital health signs like heart rate, blood pressure, etc. using a digital twin. The digital twin eliminates the need to transfer to create separate physical records of the patient’s data thus eliminating errors the possibility of errors. Also, with patient wearables that are connected to cloud servers, the data can be transmitted to the doctor’s system without requiring the patient to be physically present for examination.

Utilities

Oil and gas equipment, factory equipment, assembly lines — these are sophisticated utility equipment. Thanks to IoT, these sprawling surfaces have become data spewing smart devices. Digital twins can enable developers to have an ‘as-designed,’ ‘as-built,’ ‘as-operated’ version of the utilities in a virtual environment. This drastically reduces the possibility of mishaps that can cause downtime.  

A classic example of this is managing power grids in an urban environment or even a manufacturing plant for that matter. Digital twins can be used as virtual depictions of the actual power grid that can help monitor the real-time power consumption, asset management, and predicting/repairing power outages all without having to station personnel on the site. 

Smart Cities 

How can a digitally connected city become smart? Digital twins help look at the possibilities from multiple angles and suggest future plans. Developers can also toy with innovative ways to make IoT devices work. For example, in the event of a disaster, motion sensors can be used to identify locations where there are maximum activity and risks involved.  

In fact, the student community in the UK and the Northumbrian Water authorities are already working together to create a digital twin of the city. The project led by the post-graduate students from Newcastle University will create a virtual twin of the city. 

Chris Kilsby, professor of hydrology and climate change in Newcastle University’s School of Engineering, says, “The digital twin will not only allow the city to react in real-time to such freak weather events but also to test an infinite number of potential future emergencies.

Digital Twins and IoT

From augmenting the ability to run diverse experiments to giving real-time insights, a digital twin helps IoT in a number of ways. Some of them are detailed below:

Real-Time Challenges 

What will happen if the workflow is tweaked? Will it get more data, will it result in consuming less energy, will it result in better user experience? These are some insights that a digital twin can give in an IoT environment. All this without having to push updates for the physical device working in a production environment.  

Efficient Experiments 

Experiments of any kind are difficult, to begin with. They incur expensive resources, and if they do not work out as planned can even cost more than planned. IoT is a relatively new technology, and there is an abundant need for experimentation. The experimentation needs to be carried out with judicious usage of resources. Digital twins provide the virtual infrastructure to conduct countless experiments even when there are not many physical devices available. 

Risk Reduction 

IoT’s most popular benefit is that it gives access to a large population of devices at the same time. This, in turn, is also a downside. A minor security flow can give room for hackers and unauthorized personnel to gain access to the IoT network. The risk is magnified when actual physical devices deployed in production are used for experimentation. 

Digital twins take away that risk. It makes it possible for developers and researchers to safely toy with multiple scenarios before arriving at a final one that is secure and operationally feasible.  

Digital Twins: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?

Having the same replica of anything can be slightly troublesome. It gives room for misuse and also is considered dangerous from a security point of view. In other words, it is the classic Mr. Hyde or Dr. Jekyll scenario.  

A Digital Twin is assured to be Dr. Jekyll. It helps IoT professionals to conduct diverse experiments without having the need for a physical device. It spares a lot of physical resources and also results in cost savings. Additionally, it also reduces the risk of mishaps that could happen if updates are pushed into live production.

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Ashwini Dave | November 4, 2020
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While many around the world are watching and waiting for the U.S. Presential election results, let’s focus on three important ballot initiatives that passed. Two strengthen consumer privacy protections while another expands consumer access to data on vehicles. All are good steps forward for the IoT in their respective states but one could have a major nationwide impact.

You can’t see me

Let’s start our travels in Portland, Maine, where voters supported and passed a law against facial recognition usage by local law enforcement and government agencies.

Earlier this year, the city enacted a temporary ban on usage of this technology, which has repeatedly shown bias against people of color. The successful vote this week extends the ban for five years and provides at least $1,000 in fines awarded to citizens surveilled through facial recognition.

While using AI or ML to recognize objects or people shown on cameras can be a good thing (home security comes to mind), profiling or surveillance of people using facial recognition doesn’t sit well in most democracies. My hope is that these types of bans on facial recognition used by law enforcement becomes a nationwide standard.

My data is MY data

Crossing the coast to California, voters there passed Proposition 24. This new measure takes the 2018 California Consumer Protection Act further by establishing a state agency to enforce consumer privacy directives while tripling fines to $7,500 for violating child privacy laws. Companies that collect consumer data won’t be able to keep that data longer than necessary, although that timeframe is rather vague. Consumers can also prevent businesses from sharing their data and can correct collected information that’s deemed inaccurate. Lastly, businesses are limited by the amount of data they can collect “sensitive personal information” such as religion, race, or sexual orientation.

If you provide an IoT device or service in California, you’re surely already aware of the 2018 law. But you’ll need to follow the newer, stronger one as well. There is an exemption for companies that collect data from 100,000 or fewer consumers or households, so start-ups and the like aren’t required to comply. I would anyway since it’s just a best practice and trust is becoming a “feature” that can make an IoT device attractive or not.

I own it so I want the data from it

Finally, we’re heading to Massachusetts, where a new “right to repair” law could impact the entire U.S.

Voters overwhelmingly passed this measure which requires automakers that collect and upload telemetry data from cars and trucks to make that data available to the owner of the vehicle.

This allows consumers to see the data collected, where they can perhaps use it for their own purposes, but more importantly, lets them share that data with third-parties such as auto-repair businesses.

This is a huge win for competition as the valuable vehicle data isn’t hoarded by the maker of the vehicle. Using the data, consumers can readily shop around for repairs. I love this aspect but also just having access to telemetry data myself: I use an electronic device to change the software in my own car, boosting performance beyond the stock experience.

Even though this is a new Massachusetts law, it will likely impact the entire country.

Why? Because starting with all 2022 model vehicles, any car or truck sold in the state must comply with the law and provide consumer access to telemetry data through a mobile app. Automakers won’t likely make specific models for this compliance in Massachusetts so there’s a good chance they’ll do so across several states in the northeast, if not nationwide at some point.

I’d call all three of these measures a win for consumers and IoT. We’re still trying to figure out national data privacy challenges but these are a good start; perhaps even a model for a national discussion.

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Kevin C. Tofel | November 4, 2020
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By 2023, One-Third of Companies That Have Implemented IoT Will Also Have Implemented AI in Conjunction With at Least One IoT Project.

Despite the disruptive impacts of COVID-19, 47% of organizations plan to increase their investments in the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a recent survey* from Gartner, Inc.

Following the COVID-19 lockdown, the survey found that 35% of organizations reduced their investments in IoT while a larger number of organizations are planning to invest more in IoT implementations to reduce costs (see Figure 1).

 

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One reason behind the increase is that while companies have a limited history with IoT, IoT implementers produce a predictable ROI within a specified timeframe. “They use key performance indicators (KPIs) to track their business outcomes and for most of them they also specify a time frame for financial payback of their IoT investments, which is on the average three years,” said Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner.

In addition, as IoT investments are relatively new, most companies have plenty of “low hanging fruit” cost-saving opportunities to pursue, such as predictive-maintenance on commercial and industrial assets like elevators or turbines, and optimization of processes such as increasing manufacturing yield.

Digital Twins and AI Drive IoT Adoption

As a result of COVID-19, 31% of survey respondents said that they use digital twins to improve their employee or customer safety, such as the use of remote asset monitoring to reduce the frequency of in-person monitoring, like hospital patients and mining operations.

The survey showed that 27% of companies plan to use digital twins as autonomous equipment, robots or vehicles.

Mr. Lheureux, said:

“Digital twins can help companies recognize equipment failures before they stall production, allowing repairs to be made early or at less cost. Or a company can use digital twins to automatically schedule the repair of multiple pieces of equipment in a manner that minimizes impact to operations.”

Gartner expects that by 2023, one-third of mid-to-large-size companies that implemented IoT will have implemented at least one digital twin associated with a COVID-19-motivated use case.

The enforcement of safety measures has also fueled the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the enterprise. Surveyed organizations said they have applied AI techniques in a pragmatic manner. Twenty-five percent of organizations are favoring automation (through remote access and zero-touch management), while 23% are choosing procedure compliance (safe automation measures) in order to reduce COVID-19 safety concerns. For example, organizations can monitor work areas using AI-enabled analysis of live video feeds to help enforce safe social distancing compliance in high-traffic areas such as restaurants and manufacturing lines.

Gartner expects that by 2023, one-third of companies that have implemented IoT will also have implemented AI in conjunction with at least one IoT project.

* The survey was conducted online from June through July 2020, with 402 respondents across the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, Singapore and India.
 
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5G will radically change the way our world networks. It won’t be long before worldwide society will have to adapt to the new way of technological life – across industries, markets, and regions. This new technology standard promises much more than just further developments of existing mobile communication technologies. 

Comprehensive changes in digitalization, society, and the economy will take place in almost all areas of life. So far, the primary aim has been to expand the infrastructural conditions of conventional networks across the board, in order to ensure network availability for almost all mobile devices. In the coming years, in addition to the continued networking within 5G IoT, the focus will be on meeting the growing needs of the networked society even more optimally than before. 

Unlimited Connectivity Into the Networked Future 

The global data volume is increasing continuously, making 5G indispensable. Due to this enormous growth in data, the result in the medium term is that the existing technologies will no longer meet the requirements of the IoT world. Germany is a good example of the development of data volumes. In 2017, the country reached a data volume of one billion gigabytes–already double what it was in 2015. 

Based on findings such as these, experts estimate that in 2020, the number of things connected worldwide will be between 50 and 500 billion. This presents enormous potential for our global economy because it demonstrates the necessity of 5G networks: such a high data volume in combination with the number of IoT devices and the individual needs regarding IoT networks is only possible with the help of 5G. 

Why is 5G Predestined for IoT?

Thanks to the so-called “3G” cellular standard, using mobile data with a cell phone were made possible, as 3G was the main driver to produce smartphones at the time. The fourth generation of mobile network standards was created sometime later. Thanks to “LTE”, the data transfer rates have increased massively. 

Up until today, LTE is the most popular and most-used network. Speeds of up to 100 megabits per second are no problem for the network and are already a reality in many areas of the economy and society. It is even possible to modify the LTE bandwidths to ultimately reach download speeds of up to 4000 megabits per second. 

Looking to the future, however, LTE will not suffice to meet the standards and expectations of new technologies. LTE was primarily designed and optimized for use on smartphones, whereas 5G will be the mobile standard for all connected Things. 

5G IoT reaches new dimensions in all aspects. The data throughput in the new network should reach up to 20 gigabits per second and allow shorter response times. As a piquant comparison, the first cell phone with 1G network connectivity is eight million times less than a 5G network.

With 5G, it will also be possible to transmit data in real-time. This means that 100 billion mobile devices around the world would be accessible at the same time. In other words, a connection density of approximately one million devices per square kilometer. At the same time, the new technology brings an increase in the relative movement speed. This means that connection quality will be much more stable up to a speed of 500 kilometers per hour, which will bring enormous benefits, especially for rail travelers.

Regardless of smartphones, increasing amounts of data are inevitable in other areas of application. The numbers don’t just sound huge, they are huge. For these reasons and many others, 5G IoT will become the new key technology of connectivity. 

Diverse and Innovative Areas of Application

In addition to the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, for example, will also benefit massively from 5G technology. The continuous data exchange between machines, systems, robots, and people will become an integral part of industrial production. The number of connected devices and parts will increase enormously. For example, the control units of industrial robots are addressed in real-time–and error probabilities are ultimately reducible to a minimum. For example, the driverless courier service would therefore be able to always pick up the materials on time at the loading and unloading points of the machines.

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As the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, some use cases have fast-tracked their way into the spotlight as a result of the global pandemic.

Devices are connecting humans like never before from remote work and learning to streaming video and gaming content. In addition, in-person visits to the doctor have in some cases been replaced by telemedicine, so much so that Forrester predicts that patients will attend over one billion virtual care visits this year.

But that’s not all that’s changed. As these IoT use cases propel into the mainstream, there are changes impacting how IT architects design the underlying storage that enables them.

What’s Changing in the IoT Data Journey?

 

Automation and Supply Chain Resilience

Consider the data demands of distribution and fulfillment in the supply chain: they’ve been massively disrupted because of the impact the pandemic has had on shipping conditions and distribution centers. Before COVID-19, typical requests would go to a central data center where the request would be disseminated to the biggest hub closest to the consumer with most of the supplies in stock. The result: a two-day delivery that set the standard for the industry so long ago.

But even that has gotten significantly more complex with the enormous surge in demand for shelter-in-place supplies, groceries, electronics, and so on. Massive distribution is a challenge because of the sheer volume of requests. However, it’s not the technology that’s led to longer delivery times; it’s the human factor that has not been able to keep pace. Systems in the supply chain rely heavily on humans to fulfill orders, especially in the “last mile.”

Automation can help move parts faster amid these accelerated demands. Automated IoT devices such as robots or autonomous vehicles can assist from the factory to your doorstep. As these devices both generate and rely on increasing volumes of data, storage is essential at every step in the data journey.

Connectivity: The Need for Speed

Connectivity speeds, reliability and large bandwidth for multiple people with multiple IoT devices are increasingly important in today’s new world. The ability to access data when you need it and quickly get insights is critical. Data infrastructure must be set up to ensure data can be transmitted, received, stored and analyzed when and where it’s needed. The closer it is to the source, the less latency there is, which translates into faster time to insights and value.

The aim of companies working with a vast array of IoT devices is to place specific storage solutions where they are most needed to ensure that data is handled appropriately across its entire IoT data journey. Edge computing is more important than ever before as it helps deliver a positive user experience for use cases like HD videoconferencing, distance-learning, or telehealth.

Acceleration of 5G

The pandemic may be a catalyst that will accelerate the demand for 5G. The newly dispersed workforce still requires quality virtual connections, which will continue to drive demand for high-speed, low-latency connectivity everywhere, even on the go.

5G is also helping industrial IoT move forward by enabling more reliable autonomous manufacturing processes with new standards for ultra-low latency in factories. The processing power required for 5G is tremendous, and along with that comes the requirements for data storage. IoT devices such as robots and cameras are being used to track assets throughout the supply chain and collect data such as temperature and vibration to track shipping container openings. Using IoT-enabled devices on transportation routes can help optimize route planning by collecting in-transit, supply chain data.

AR and VR Expand Beyond Gaming

Since the pandemic, AR/VR is being increasingly used in more use cases, connecting people with connected devices such as cameras, tablets, and phones.

For companies developing new technologies or running a global business, the required expertise won’t always be in the same location of a problem that needs to be solved.

Instead of flying an engineer halfway around the world, teams can turn to AR or VR to meet virtually in the same lab, looking at the same thing, on a common whiteboard while working in augmented reality.

In the post-pandemic world, AR and VR could make a new generation of remote viewership possible. Audiences might use AR and VR to immerse themselves in their favorite events, games, movies, or shows. With advancements in edge computing, a suite of technologies will enable the next generation of remote viewership, opening up new revenue possibilities for sports and performance artists, and reaching broader audiences.

Distance learning might utilize AR and VR to create immersive learning experiences. Online learning could become a standard extension for classroom-based education. Schools might partner with IT departments to create distance learning “tech kits” for their students, including take-home laptops, networking equipment, and desktop data storage solutions.

General-Purpose Architectures No Longer Cut It

Many businesses still use general-purpose architecture to manage their IoT data. But most often, general-purpose compute architectures do not fully meet the needs of IoT workloads. This method falls short of the accessibility, capacity, reliability, and scalability requirements necessary for IoT applications because a general-purpose, commercial architecture does not take into account the various elements an IoT system can face.

Purpose-built architecture uses devices, platforms, systems, and solutions that maximize the value of data for real-time IoT use cases. Your storage strategy has to be designed specifically for IoT.  Consider a cell tower, an underground mine, or a windmill where IoT devices may be both remote and able to withstand harsh environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Storage cannot be an afterthought; instead, systems architects need to work with the storage experts early on to design an architecture that addresses the system’s unique needs.

IoT in the New Normal

The importance of storage is undeniable as it plays a role in all of these data scenarios, at home and in business settings and across the supply chain. It must be considered as part of an organization’s business strategy. Not only does storage support human and machine-to-machine communications, but when combined with AI, IoT and 5G, storage enables companies to access data quickly to gain insights. Access to such data, at the right time and at the right place, will be important as new post-pandemic business models develop in the new normal.

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Smart city market set to grow by $2118bn by 2024

A report from Technavio said the decreasing price of connected devices is expected to fuel the market and highlights the smart governance and education segments as key areas for growth. The decline in hardware and installation costs is also helping to fuel smart city growth

The smart city market size is poised to grow by more than $2118bn during 2020-2024 with the decreasing price of connected devices expected to fuel market growth, a new study finds.

The report from global technology research and advisory company Technavio forecasts growth to progress at a compound annual growth rate of 23 per cent throughout the period. It highlights the smart governance and education segment as key areas of growth.

Connected network ecosystem

IoT systems have revolutionised the connected network ecosystem over the last few years. Smart city infrastructure is based on an efficient and connected network system and the reduction in costs of IoT sensors and associated systems, and in the cost of broadband services, has led to the implementation of smart cities across the world.

Furthermore, Technavio states the decline in hardware costs, installation costs, and tariff rates of network operators have triggered a surge in M2M security systems adoption in applications such as smart homes, connected cars, connected health, and precision agriculture.

As the price for connected devices continue to decrease in the coming years, the smart city market will witness significant growth, notes Technavio.

The proliferation of smart city projects in emerging economies, one of the key smart cities market trends, will also influence market growth, the report finds. While developed economies have been working on creating smart cities for a decade, emerging economies are still in the planning phase and are launching several pilot projects.

For instance, the government of India has initiated smart city projects for 100 cities. The installation of smart devices for these upcoming smart cities in emerging economies is expected to generate huge amounts of data. The analysis of this data would be required to improve business quality and innovate for a better future with faster connectivity by facilitating prompt suggestion-based services. As a result of these factors, the market will grow during the forecast period.

Other report highlights include:

  • The major smart city market growth came from the smart governance and education segment. These technologies are used extensively in e-governance, homeland security, fire and emergency, and traffic management applications. It helps to analyse the risks and plan and implement preventive measures
  • Europe had the largest smart cities market share in 2019, and the region will offer several growth opportunities to market vendors during the forecast period. The availability of high-speed wireless networks and increased connected devices such as smartphones and IoT penetration will significantly influence smart city market growth in this region.

The report sets out to offer up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends, and drivers, as well as the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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(metamorworks / iStock / Getty Image Plus) Before the next-generation smart home can be fully realized, the devices we already own, including virtual assistants, security systems and network-connected appliances, need to operate at a higher standard.

Amid widespread social distancing, many people are spending more time in their homes than ever before and with that, they’re taking a critical look at their surroundings. Scrutinizing my own home, I like to dream up improvements beyond new paint colors and framed photos. As a long time tech enthusiast and a market strategist for an edge inference company, my mind goes to smart home innovations.

Imagine a microwave that recognizes you as you walk up with a plate of bacon and, without constant monitoring, knows how long to blast it so it's cooked just the way you like it. Or an autonomous vacuum that can locate your favorite pair of shoes, so you don't have to search for them in a frenzy. 

As futuristic as these scenarios may seem, from a technical standpoint they’re not so far off. With advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and new edge inference chips bringing unprecedented computing power on-device, innovations long-kept for sci-fi books and movies could hit the market very soon.

While we’re close to taking big steps in smart home technology, there is one hurdle we must surpass before old and new devices can lay a proper foundation for the next-generation smart home. The devices we already have—gadgets like virtual assistants and smart speakers, smart home security systems and network-connected appliances—need to operate at a higher standard. Until then, we risk delaying smart home advancement. 

Smart home devices must be accurate

First and foremost, in order to be useful a device has to be successful in doing what it was designed to do. Put simply, it must be accurate. This means that your voice assistant understands the intent of your command the first time, not the second or third; your face recognition lock recognizes you even when you’re wearing glasses (or better yet, a mask); and your smart home camera doesn’t constantly trigger false alarms.

As obvious as these examples may seem, accuracy is an area where many of today’s smart devices fall short. The reason for this, I think, is in part because the standard neural network (NN) benchmarks technologists use to test a gadget’s functionality are often not reflective of real life.

As a result, it’s not uncommon that a device does well in testing but performs poorly in the real world. For example, a video motion detector that’s trained to successfully recognize a change in pixels could trigger an alarm in response to nothing more than a moving shadow. Built with the purpose of protecting someone’s home, that motion detector isn’t “smart,” it’s just seeing pixels change.

Companies are constantly refining smart home innovations in hopes that they can work flawlessly right out of the box. Until then, when today’s smart devices fall short on accuracy, users end up frustrated, and rightfully so. While fleeting, these moments of friction stand in the way of what smart home living should be: a seamless integration of technology in our daily lives.

 They should never put consumers at risk

It’s no secret that smart home devices have struggled to remain secure—even devices designed to make homes safer have left consumers vulnerable to attack. It’s common knowledge, for example, that Ring, who makes some of the most popular home security products on the market, was plagued with countless security breaches last year.

Voice assistants have also had difficulties. Recently, researchers found that people can unintentionally trigger an assistant with more than 1,000 words and phrases, prompting it to record what you say and then send that recording to the cloud for wake word verification. This raises obvious privacy concerns. Any recording or transfer of data off of a personal device should be initiated by its owner, not triggered accidentally and without their knowledge.

Across devices, security and privacy are clear issues. To reduce risk, I believe we must bring more horsepower to the gadgets themselves and limit the need to expose data by sending it to the cloud. Until network-connected devices prove that they are secure, consumers will be left to question whether the home enhancements they promise are worth a threat to their privacy and security.

You have to be able to trust them

Having experienced accuracy blunders and aware of security concerns, many consumers are skeptical of smart devices at home. In fact, a recent PwC report pointed to lack of trust as one of three factors inhibiting voice technology experimentation. The report quotes a respondent expressing hesitation to trust a virtual assistant with sensitive information, saying: “The assistant can’t answer my questions half the time, but I’m supposed to trust it to help me with something involving money?”

These frustrations are only heightened in quarantine. As the title of a recent article comically made clear, “We’ve been isolated for months, and now we hate our home assistants.” Only after experiencing consistent accuracy, privacy and security will consumers learn to trust their connected devices and embrace the modern smart home.

Recent years have brought unprecedented advancement to smart home technologies, but there’s significant room for improvement. To pave the way for continued innovation, technology leaders should invest in refining the devices we’ve already welcomed into our lives. Connected devices that consumers can trust to be both accurate and secure will provide a solid foundation for the next-generation smart home. With that and sooner than you think, your microwave could know how you like your bacon.

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A new report from Vodafone Business suggests that IoT adoption will accelerate due to COVID-19.

Vodafone’s report, 2020 IoT Spotlight, features responses from 1,639 businesses around the world.

Erik Brenneis, IoT Director at Vodafone Business, said:

“IoT has grown up. It’s no longer just about increasing return on investment or providing cost savings to businesses: it’s changing the way they think and operate. And it’s giving them an opportunity to redesign their operations and future-proof their business model.”

73 percent of businesses (76% in the Americas) that were considering adopting IoT technologies say that COVID-19 has accelerated their plans.

Of the businesses which are already using the IoT to some extent, 77 percent (84% in the Americas) report increasing the pace of their projects amid the pandemic.

While the pandemic brought much to a halt, the research suggests businesses are looking for increased automation to help deal with such unforeseeable circumstances in the future.

87 percent of businesses now say that the IoT is vital to their success (92% in the Americas). 73 percent believe that organisations who fail to embrace the IoT will fall behind within five years. 

Businesses have had to rapidly adapt to support things like working from home during the pandemic. With winter approaching, when respiratory illnesses thrive, all businesses should ensure they remain prepared for further lockdowns and/or restrictions.

84 percent of IoT-adopting firms said that the technology was key to keeping business flowing during the pandemic. 84 percent now regard the integration of IoT devices with workers as a higher priority.

Almost all (95%) of the companies surveyed that are already utilising the IoT are reporting that they’ve achieved a return on their investment. 55 percent claim their operating costs have decreased by an average of 21 percent.

Businesses also report being able to do more thanks to the IoT. 84 percent claim they’re now able to do things they couldn’t before—while 59 percent say IoT data is becoming essential to support their company’s decision-making.

“This research proves IoT is an essential technology for businesses that want to be resilient, more flexible, and quicker to adapt and react to change,” concludes Brenneis.

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Businesses across the globe are leveraging the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in various industries to create new and optimised business opportunities.

To take the complete advantage of the IoT, says Harnil Oza, CEO of Hyperlink InfoSystem, it has been coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that help businesses arrive at sensible decisions without any human intervention.

The substantial growth of IoT has been observed many times now. However, the impact of AI on the personal and professional level is understated. Of course, the result is gigantic and will often flourish by combining it with the incredible concept of IoT.

Understanding the role of AI in the IoT revolution

AI is assumed to perform plenty of smart tasks like language translation, voice recognition, decision making, etc. without human intervention. On the other hand, IoT includes a chain of interconnected gadgets that transfer information over a network.

IoT gadgets have entered our lives and seek to bring an advanced level of comfort. These gadgets rely on web connectivity and produce incredible amounts of information relevant to user behaviours, preferences, personal details, etc. Thus, they cannot get overlooked. But, a lot of businesses are totally clueless about saving and processing such vast amounts of data. This is obstructing the growth and potential of IoT.

In this case, AI can hugely help to accumulate the bulk of data that is processed by the IoT gadgets. It can evaluate the data and make sense of it. Thus, AI is forecasted to be the chief driver to initiate the unusual growth of the IoT revolution.

This massive shift and ongoing disruption engendered by AI and IoT is absolutely redefining the technological landscape. It is anticipated to be significant in the emerging times. There is a burgeoning need for these technologies, with a rising number of organisations and industries always adopting and applying it in various situations.

Empowering evolving benefits for businesses

The developing frameworks of AI were only capable of managing a slim categories of tasks. They were not scalable and often required human intrusion. But, constant studies and advancements in technology have led to the transformation of AI in the IoT concept, which has given rise to smart machines.

Utilising the power and capability of AI, smart machines will ease the tasks by executing them in minutes, which could otherwise take weeks or months to finish. These machines will totally evolve the way most businesses do business, bringing a high comfort and ease.

The combination of the two evolving techs is anticipated to dramatically change the competitive landscape by needing all businesses to improve their product portfolios to emerging realities. This will bring new concepts across all the sectors.

Four fundamental changes that will get activated by the competitive situation are:

Greater revenues: The joint effect of AI and IoT will be advantageous for many sectors in terms of huge revenues and returns. IoT gadget manufacturers, IoT data providers, alongside businesses providing application services based on smart sensors, are anticipated to be at the winning edge. 

Increased safety standards: With up-to-date monitoring, a strict check and failure prevention is possible. This will increase the overall safety and security standards, thus boost productivity. This will also help reduce the loss of lives and damage to assets.

Reduced expenses: Evaluating the devices by smart detectors, smart electricity meters, and sensors fitted domestic appliances, etc. will come to less operational expenditure for households and businesses both.

Better customer experience: Smart sensors come with plenty of opportunities for enhancing the customer experience. These detectors can know the user preferences and adjust their values accordingly. For instance, thermostats in smart homes can adapt to the suitable temperature settings of various users staying in that same home.

Impact on different industries

1. Manufacturing

All sorts of manufacturing sectors like automobiles, aircraft, household appliances, f&b, mining, and others sync smart sensors into their machinery to perform future analyses and increase productivity. They are seeking to develop an autonomous industrial unit, which will be the next rage. These sensors will help industries detect the areas with threats, and thus, lessening machinery falls.

2. Smart Homes

IoT has led to the rise of the smart home concepts where all the gadgets are linked to one another via a shared network. By integrating this with AI, all these devices can interpret their owner’s instructions and make smart decisions accordingly.

An intelligence home tech aims to make our lives better and comfy by presenting a chance to regulate the devices remotely, irrespective of the location. For instance, you can pre-plan the time when your coffee shall be brewed; your tv shows shall be turned on, etc.

3. Body sensors 

Smart detectors are highly instrumental in sensing different activities to balance proper health. A plethora of pharmaceutical companies are funding in medical sensors that can help the patients in tracking their tasks to better their health. For instance, these sensors can help evaluate blood sugar levels and release insulin at times of an emergency.

These sensors are getting used by construction companies to see the load capacity and their workers’ posture to avoid any sort of injuries and increase efficiency.

4. Airlines

Sensors are placed in aircraft that flawlessly monitors the importance of many risks and errors. These sensors forecast future errors and their degree of severity to lessen aircraft downtime and increase passenger safety. Airline companies can even use these sensors to spot the maintenance issues that can cause flight delays and cancellations.

5. Oil Rigs

Oil industries have to invest lots of funds in procuring oil drilling machinery. These machineries can cause a massive loss to the businesses. Oil companies can leverage smart sensors by attaching it to the oil machinery to make preventative maintenance analysis, and cut operational costs.

Wrapping Up

The joint effect of AI and IoT will undoubtedly reshape our personal and professional lives in ways that can’t be imagined by most businesses today. It will not only replace tiresome and boring human jobs but will vastly revamp the competitive scenario by giving a benefit to early AI adopters in terms of unique business opportunities.

Originally written by
Harnil Oza | September 30, 2002
for IoTNow

Harnil Oza is CEO at Hyperlink InfoSystem, an app development company
with offices in New York and India, which delivers mobile solutions mainly on Android and iOS platforms. He is a regularly contributor to IoT websites.

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Coronavirus made us all come up with new solutions. We have figured out distance learning, zoom meetings, social distancing, and not going insane while sitting at home all day. We did a pretty decent job. However, now we have to learn how to go back to life before the pandemic hit.

It is not as easy as it seems, and it is hard to say whether things can go back to what they have used to be. Some aspects of our routines will definitely change, and we still have to be very careful. Covid-19 is still an issue, we do not have a vaccine yet.

Businesses started to reopen, though. We can not sit at home forever. Considering everything that was said before, businesses have to develop strategies that ensure employees` safety. Otherwise, you will either shut the whole thing down after a week, or no one will agree on coming back to the office. In fact, 93% are willing to continue their remote working journey. So if you want to make them go offline, you have to convince them to do so. 

5 Benefits of Reopening the Business with IoT

The ones who have already reopened report using more IoT than they have ever done before. “IoT is extremely beneficial at times like this: you need fewer employees, and you don’t have to control safety measures on your own,” – PR expert from Essay Tigers explains. 

IoT is needed when you reopen your business. You will want IoT’s fine-tuned help implemented into your business life.

#1 Distance Monitoring

Now that schools have started to reopen, many parents get concerned about how teachers will manage to teach their children without getting too close to them. Also, how can a teacher monitor how close students get to each other? The adult distance monitoring is applicable, too, especially as adults seem prone to harsher consequences of the COVID virus.

Research has shown it’s harder to keep the distance between adults. 47% of adults report feeling much lonelier than they have done before the coronavirus outbreak. This stat is not surprising since a lot of people live alone. During the worst part of the virus, we could not meet our friends.

Sitting at home for weeks did not contribute to our feeling of happiness and being content with life. People lacked socialization, and now they starve for human interactions. You can only imagine what will happen in the office as soon as employees see their colleagues after months of being apart. There is so much tea to be spilled.

Even if your employees do not get very excited about meeting each other, during the re=entry to work, one can get easily distracted from the real world. When you are absorbed in tasks, you tend to forget that you have to keep your distance — you just want everything to be done efficiently.

Discussing serious matters while being 1,5 meters apart does not seem as productive as the quick interactions at an employee’s desk in the past. Now, something private requires going to a separate room and then the requisite cleaning instead of quick low-voice, close interactions.

Companies have started to develop different strategies to make sure that coworkers keep the distance and not get everyone infected.

Many of these companies now track the mobile phones of their employees, and it is wrong. The question of privacy was acute a long time ago, and it is getting even worse now. If you have access to people’s phone, it means that you track them 24/7. Workers would rather not be tracked outside of the office. 

IoT can help you monitor the required distances with your employees. You can give out bands at the beginning of the workday and get them back by its end. Every time two devices get too close to each other, owners will get notifications, and as a manager, you will get one also. It will remind people of social distancing without you having to watch them on the camera or track their phones.

You can also find out who doesn’t care about safety measures, and educate them on why it is essential for everyone to follow the rules to keep your business open and their paychecks coming.

#2 Temperature Monitoring

As we know, having a temperature is not a good sign. It may mean that the person has gotten a virus and can share it with everyone. 

It seems reasonable to measure (or take) each employees temperature at the beginning of the day. If an employee has a temperature at the door, you merely send that person home before they even enter the office or a store. Yet, one can have no fever in the morning and end up with a fever later in the day. 

Do you have to measure temperature repeatedly throughout the day? It seems like a lot of effort, and it takes quite some time if you have a lot of employees. Taking temperature readings will slow down the working process; workers will get distracted and get out of their productivity streak. 

IoT has come up with a solution to this exact problem. You can install sensors that do automatically take temperature screenings. As soon as a fever is detected on someone, you can quickly take notice of that person, isolate them from the group, and send them home. 

#3 Know How Many People There Are

All the businesses know the rule that it is allowed to have only a certain number of customers and workers inside the buildings, based on how big and airy they are (buildings, not people). When there are many employees or your shop is quite big, and many clients can come in, it becomes complicated to count them. 

You may have seen security near the entrance with a notebook and a pencil who tries to count and not let more people in that it is recommended. Still, it is tough to keep the focus on both countings constantly, writing numbers down, and securing the door. If more than 50 people in the store, it is nearly impossible for a human to keep the situation under control.

IoT is there once again to help you. There are exceptional cameras that can count how many people are inside. So make the job of security people easier, get exact data in a matter of seconds, and spare yourself from the stress that you will not have to pay tons of money if someone checks your shop/office, and there are more people than it is allowed.

#4 Facial Recognition Is a Way to Go

In times like this, all businesses try to engage a bare minimum of employees so offices aren’t too crowded. It’s simple if you have a lot of staff and not that many rooms. With the help of IoT, you can minimize the number of security workers. 

You see, when people go through a security check, they interact with the same person. If the first person to come into the office was infected, he could infect security personnel. Consequently, all the people to enter after the person are at a high risk of getting the virus too. 

It can also help with employees who continually forget their badges or credentials. One can barely leave their face at home. You will no longer get irritated by such employees, and they need not stress about whether they have all the required documentation with them.

#5 Track Interactions Between Your Employees and Clients

In the worst possible case, when someone gets Coronavirus, owners usually panic and send everyone home again. Employees panic because of the employer’s panic, and don’t leave their home offices after two weeks: they are only scared, and it’s understandable. What if you could not shut everything down by sending home only those who had contact with the infected person?

While using IoT, you can track down the information about who interacted with who. Due to social distancing, it is unlikely that people meet as many coworkers as they had before the pandemic. Basically, you can see who is potentially sick, send them home, and continue working.

It might be risky though. Sometimes it’s better to double-check everything or, in that case, send everyone home so they can properly isolate themselves.

Conclusion

Coronavirus is changing our lives and makes us work in order to come up with new solutions and tricks. IoT managed to ensure your employees` and customers` safety. You can control social distancing, check the temperature, count people effortlessly, reduce the number of workers, and define the potentially infected staff. 

We highly recommend using these technologies so that you can promise safety to your employees and make them leave their homes. Moreover, you will not be forced to close everything down again in no time. 

Still, it is better to seriously think about whether it is actually reasonable to reopen. A home office is the safest idea, after all.

Originally published by
Stacey Wonder | September 29, 2020
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In their study on the security of smart home devices, Riscure researchers observed that Zigbee and BLE implementations suffered most from misconfiguration and weak implementation strategies.

News about another major security breach is all too common today. To gain insight into just how well smart home devices confirm to requirements for secure storage, secure communications, and reduced attack surface categories, the global security lab Riscure reverse engineered a dozen devices and published its findings.

FierceElectronics interviewed Managing Director Maarten Bron to learn more about the deficiencies they identified and what companies and embedded developers can do to reach a higher level of security robustness.

FE: How did you conduct this research and in a nutshell, what was the key conclusion? 

Bron: We were curious about the “state of security,” and so we took a dozen or so webcams, door locks, routers, wifi gateways etc. and analyzed them by reverse engineering the firmware and studying the internals that way. In the cases that the device had a mobile app, we also looked at the app. As a benchmark we took the ETSI cybersecurity spec for consumer IoT and mapped the findings accordingly. You can see the results in our whitepaper, yet there are certain categories in which none of the devices met the requirements.

FE: Can you point to one of the worst examples of an insecure smart home device? 

Bron: Without going into the specifics of a single device, we oftentimes see things related to bootloaders, outdated versions of operating systems, improper configuration of communication protocol stacks. In itself these can all lead to exploits. 

FE: With all the things that product developers need to worry about, is security something of an afterthought in products like smart home devices? 

Bron: Security is something that needs to be baked in from the beginning, as opposed to being “sprinkled on” at the end. So yes, unless security is part of the design it really is an afterthought. Developers have a lot of things to worry about such as compliance, features, time to market, and the avoidance of mass-brick-events / warranty claims. In a world where security awareness amongst the general public is still growing, there are situations where other things besides security are higher on the priority list.

FE: Are security standards lagging or leading? 

Bron: That’s an interesting question. In case a device undergoes security evaluation, the standard for security is implicitly defined by the requirements it is supposed to satisfy. This is often expressed as “attack resistance”  of a certain level, against an attacker with a certain “attack potential.” The attack potential of hackers increase over time, so in its very essence the standard is never lagging. In practice though, where security standards are lagging is in the area of alignment, and the white paper contains only a few of a long list of security evaluation schemes / standards. All aimed at more or less the same security and privacy objectives, yet through different categories and rating schemes. This makes it hard for IoT developers to implement a proverbial single “security stack.”

FE: To build the right level of security into connected devices, developers must consider a multitude of vulnerabilities including runtime control, firmware updates, password issues, and more. With so much to consider, what are the areas to focus on that will give them the “biggest bang for the buck,” so to speak?

Bron: To start with secure boot, hands down. There’s a lot of silicon available nowadays that have the building blocks that allow for a good secure boot implementation. Process separation is also a good thing to have. The Arm Platform Security Architecture (PSA) program for instance gives IoT developers the assurance that PSA-certified chips function as full-fledged hardware Root of Trust, and that’s a solid foundation to build the rest of your IoT device on.

FE: Is security just the engineer’s job, or do others need to be involved (and if so who are they?).

Bron: At Riscure, our vision is one of Security at Scale. Only if security scales, it will make an impact. As per Gartner, there’s going to be more than 20 billion IoT devices online by the year 2025, that’s a lot of security engineers to make that happen. Automation could be an attractive way to achieve scale, and at Riscure we are working on solutions for developers to aid them in making embedded security an integral part of their workflow. Tooling will be able to analyse and optimize code for security, and to inject countermeasures. Keep in mind though that security knows several dimensions, and supply chain security is also an important factor. ‘Perceived security’ by consumer can also be an issue. If a de-facto secure product is perceived as being unsecure, consumers may be less likely to buy and use it. 

FE: What words of advice do you have for an embedded developer working on smart home devices today when it comes to building a secure product? 

Bron: You will often find yourself in the situation where your next project is an iteration of previous work (hardware designs, software libraries etc.), i.e. not an empty canvas situation. That is in itself a nice starting point to incrementally increase the level of security provided by your system. The ETSI technical specification referenced in the whitepaper is a good starting point of things to consider. Implement those security features related to hardware first. Followed by firmware, realtime OS, and application. In some situations, the developer will be in control of the application layer only, but there’s often a lot to gain on that level too related to security telemetry and “logical” security.

Originally published by
Karen Field | September 23, 2020
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Without robust cybersecurity systems, smart cities are flawed, writes Haider Pasha, chief security officer for the Middle East and Africa at Palo Alto

As we work our way through what living with COVID-19 means for our societies, there’s a growing body of opinion that smart city technologies could be helpful to how governments and business leaders respond in the future. For example, Professor Jason Coburn, who studies urban health at the University of California, Berkeley has written about how smart city planning could slow future epidemics, using technology to prevent diseases from spreading while helping to ensure the availability and safety of critical resources, including water, transportation and healthcare.

However, the more connected devices there are, and the more data collected there is, the greater the opportunity for cyber-attackers. Smart cities must be secure by design to prevent cybercriminals being able to access sensitive data, disrupt critical IT systems in traffic management, internet access and more.

According to ABI Research, many cities are already seeing the benefits of using smart city technologies in managing the pandemic, including:

  • Remote temperature sensing using artificial intelligence, and autonomous last-mile delivery of critical equipment and supplies
  • Data sharing using smartphone data and crowd sourcing for location tracking visualised via real-time dashboards. This helps to enforce social distance guidelines and monitor the delivery of medical goods
  • Deploying drones with facial recognition technology to track those who are infected with the virus to ensure they don’t break quarantine and risk spreading the virus

Smart cities, built on the concept of digital municipal systems that do everything from controlling traffic grids to ensuring water quality, preceded COVID-19 and have long been popular. Research by IDC conducted pre-pandemic forecast that $189.5 billion (about £144 billion) will be spent worldwide on smart cities initiatives by the year 2023. Furthermore, it indicated that more than half of global spending on smart cities projects is concentrated in three use cases: resilient energy infrastructure, data-driven public safety and intelligent transportation.

There is huge potential still to be tapped for systems that improve how communities work, live and play. San Francisco’s smart power grid and Barcelona’s digitised waste management systems are just two examples of tens of thousands of smart cities initiatives that are improving the lives of residents.

Nevertheless, without cybersecurity, smart cities are flawed. The more things that are connected, the greater the opportunity for cyber-attackers to infiltrate systems, exfiltrate sensitive data and disrupt potentially critical systems in law enforcement, public health and other municipal applications.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices should be of particular concern because their use in smart cities is growing exponentially. According to the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association, the number of active IoT connections in Europe alone is expected to grow to 740 million by 2026. Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks threat intelligence arm’s 2020 IoT Threat Report found that 98 per cent of all IoT traffic is unencrypted, meaning that any cybercriminals that have successfully bypassed the first line of defence can collect and sell exposed personal or confidential information. Smart cities are great in terms of the new capabilities they bring, but it can all come crashing down around elected officials, government department heads, local businesses, citizens and visitors if cybersecurity is not a top priority.

Secure Smart Cities by Design

Smart cities must be ‘secure by design’. Connected systems for first responders, environmental controls, public internet access, traffic management, green energy and more must be based on rock-solid, intuitive and automated security protocols and policies from the start.

Cybersecurity that is ‘bolted on’ after systems are in place – and maybe after data breaches have already occurred – is next to worthless. Hackers are resourceful and highly collaborative – add-on security initiatives won’t work. One big reason why is the dramatic proliferation of endpoints – different forms of sensor-based systems and devices as gateways for hackers to the cloud where they can access far more.

This expansion of the attack vector is even more problematic when you consider that IoT devices, both for commercial and industrial applications, have innate security challenges because they often can’t support the memory requirements for many cybersecurity protocols. Then, add in the reality that humans—municipal workers, citizens, visitors and businesspeople piggybacking onto municipal Wi-Fi systems—are often weak links in the cybersecurity chain because of poor security hygiene.

Achieve Cyber Resilience

City, region and national leaders can achieve cyber resilience, but a big obstacle to overcome is, ironically, governance. The lack of governance on smart cities initiatives on a wide range of issues such as data handling, privacy policies, access privileges and more, is highly problematic. For example, when hiring a vendor to install smart streetlights, if government officials and their technical teams don’t have the right governance policies in place, there will either be delays or insecure lights installed. If they are insecure, hackers could access back-office systems through the lights, and data exfiltration or worse could result.


Good cybersecurity hygiene by all stakeholders involved in smart cities is imperative. Strong authentication policies, such as frequent and regular changing of passwords, multi-factor authentication and increased adoption of biometrics, are essential. This needs to be a personal commitment by anyone accessing smart cities digital services, but automated policies mandated and installed by the governments must also be created.

In addition, municipalities need people looking after the smart cities programs who have cybersecurity experience and expertise. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hire a team of security engineers, but you do need leaders and practitioners for whom cybersecurity is a familiar discipline. They need to be able to see the big picture and ensure that the technical and operational details are in place.

Tick off the Cybersecurity Checklist

There are key questions that non-technical municipal leaders—elected officials and governmental department heads—must be ready to ask their chief information security officer, CIO and other technical executives who have cybersecurity oversight. These include:

  • What is our documented incident response plan?
  • What are our governance strategies for securing systems, applications, data and identities?
  • Should we allow our legacy IT systems that most likely are not secure by design to connect with newer systems and devices?
  • What kind, and what frequency, of cybersecurity testing are we doing? What metrics do we receive on those tests, and what do we do about the results?

Successful smart cities initiatives require a checklist with four major elements: visibility, to make sure you see what is actually happening in those systems; analytics, to identify risks and abnormal systems and network behaviour; control, to manage and, if necessary, to compartmentalise key systems against threats, and coordination among all key constituents to ensure that security is ‘baked in’ for smart cities initiatives. To avoid hackers infiltrating networks and stealing private data, all stakeholders in smart cities need to ensure their municipalities are fully protected. Adopting the ‘secure by design’ mantra is crucial to making that happen.

Originally published
Smart Cities World | September 21, 2020
Haider Pasha, chief security officer, Middle East and Africa, Palo Alto Networks

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AT&T, Microsoft boost IoT security

AT&T and Microsoft targeted advances in enterprise IoT security, developing a 4G and LTE-M module enabling connected machines to bypass public Wi-Fi and transmit data to the software giant’s Azure cloud computing service using a private network.

Galen Hunt, MD of Azure Sphere, said in a blog the device will better protect essential equipment and data by tapping heightened security offered by mobile networks, helping enterprises fend off “disruptive” IoT attacks which “jeopardise long-term business value and objectives”.

He explained the AT&T module can be retrofitted to existing Wi-Fi-enabled machines in settings including restaurants and manufacturing plants.

An operator representative told Mobile World Live it is plugged-in via a USB port.

Using AT&T’s networks, the module will enable connectivity for smart machines in more than 200 countries and regions, including remote areas where Wi-Fi is unavailable, Hunt added.

The product is the result of a collaboration between AT&T and Microsoft announced in July 2019, spanning cloud, edge network, cybersecurity and IoT projects.

Originally published by
Diana Goovaerts | September 20, 2020
Mobile World Live

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