Internet of Things security? Start with who owns the data
“Defence is only as strong as the weakest link,” said Tim Phipps of Solarflare at today’s Cambridge Wireless event on security within the Internet of Things.
Today’s Cambridge Wireless event was part of its Special Interest Group focusing on security and defence. In particular, on securing and defending the Internet of Things.
Speaking to an audience of about 50 network industry executives in London this afternoon, Phipps highlighted three security challenges for IoT: data loss, particularly with last week’s Yahoo! hack of half a billion user accounts; hijacking, such as the controversial Jeep hack published a little while ago; and consumer products, particularly, with the latter, medical device hacks of items including pacemakers and insulin pumps.
Phipps also highlighted how Ken Munro of PenTest Partners had “made children’s toys swear” by hacking them, which drew general laughs.
Building on that point of how a trivial hack can lead to bigger things – in the case of Munro and an IoT kettle, the host Wi-Fi network’s authentication keys – Phipps warned: “The attacker needs to overwhelm you in just one place to be successful. If it delivers on the promises of the hype, IoT looks like something that will be integrated into our home life, transportation, cities, and … even improving our health.”
“I think this is a Wild West industry,” thundered Paul Tindall of Sepura, following on from Phipps, opening a talk that focused on IoT security beyond the simple headlines. “It is fragmented and that makes security harder to apply.”
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