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Five Critical Requirements for Securing for the Internet of Things

Posted by John Linkous on Aug 14, 2017

As regular readers of the EiQ blog know, we’re suspicious of the Internet of Things (IoT), the massive collection of Internet-connected devices that don’t fall into the traditional “computer” category.  From “smart” energy meters, to in-car technology, to Internet-connected home appliances, the IoT is an incredibly broad spectrum of technologies that can gain value – in some cases, significant value, in other cases, more dubious – by connecting to other devices and networks.

Breaking Down the Top Three Kinetic Hacks of All Time

Posted by John Linkous on Apr 11, 2017

Last Friday night, a cacophony of 156 public warning system sirens sounded in Dallas, Texas.  The sirens weren’t responding to a danger, such as tornados or other similar threats.  Instead, these sirens were hacked, sounding off maximum volume well into the early hours of Saturday morning.  This may see
m like a prank similar to something out of a modern-day “Animal House,” or a badly-scripted Hollywood treatment of hacking culture.  But the reality is that attacks on physical infrastructure represent a potential threat that pales the scope and effect of traditional hacks.

IoT: The Internet of Threats?

Posted by John Linkous on Mar 13, 2017

The past week has provided some interesting revelations around the Internet of Things (IoT).  As we all know, the IoT is that collection of generally unmanaged devices with embedded connectivity to the Internet.  From cars, to refrigerators, thermostats, televisions and more, the IoT seeks to connect everything it can to the world’s largest global network.  Conceptually, the IoT is a great thing: it can lead to more efficient use of energy, customized manufacturing, faster transportation and much more.  However, as we’ve seen in the past ten days, there’s a dark side to the IoT.

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