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Beware Of The Internet Of Things' Despicable Side
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Marilyn Cohodas
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1/23/2014 | 4:23:01 PM
Re: Internet of Things
I predict we'll be seeing and hearing a lot of fingerpointing with respect to security issues as the IoT emerges and evolves. It's a fascinating trend, but there will be a lot of gotchas that we haven't even started to fathom. 
PeteJW
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1/23/2014 | 4:18:25 PM
Re: Internet of Things
That's a very good point Marilyn and one of my personal; concerns. OEMS are especially problematic, especially in those industry areas where they don't have the expertisn and motivation to apply more rigorouse security controls into the components they manufacture. They could also argue that its the responsibility ofr the OS vendor or the chip/borad manufacturer....blame gane antics.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/23/2014 | 12:34:10 PM
Re: Internet of Things
Security experts have been trained to defend and protect applications and information. 

That's so true, but how knowledgeable about security threats are the manufacturers who build the smart things that will be flooding the marketplace in the coming years. Seems to me there will be a lot of risk to manage in the the IoT to come. Also job opportunities in new industries....
RobPreston
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1/23/2014 | 9:52:26 AM
Re: risks vs. usage
To Chris's point, the real benefit and ROI in IoT applications will be in the industrial variety: agriculture, energy, automotive, railway, machinery. Not refrigerators and thermostats.
ChrisMurphy
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1/22/2014 | 6:44:17 PM
Re: risks vs. usage
Tom, please contain your enthusiasm! I do think the growth in Internet of things applications will come more quickly in industrial settings than consumer, since there's a cost-savings ROI from preventing breakdowns and keeping things running. But those also are exactly the kind of applications that need to be extremely secure. We're already hearing of companies not putting certain machines on the network because they run on ancient operating systems that just can't be made secure. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/22/2014 | 4:50:25 PM
risks vs. usage
I suspect the risks posed by the Internet of Things will be balanced by the lack of appeal these devices have for most consumers for years to come.


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