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On World IoT Day, Time to Address Enterprise Smart Technology Risks

by Bharat Mistry

There’s a global awareness raising initiative for just about every aspect of IT and cyber security today. World Backup Day, Safer Internet Day, Data Protection Day – they all share a common purpose; to engage, educate and motivate individuals and organisations around the world. This Saturday 9 April will see one such event – the fifth annual World Internet of Things (IoT) Day.

The IoT is already having a huge impact on our lives – both at home and, more importantly, at work. But in this race for the new we run a very real risk of adopting technology which has been designed with little regard for security or privacy. So let’s use the occasion of World IoT Day to think more carefully about how to secure smart technology in the enterprise. Continue reading

As CES 2016 Begins, More Reasons for a ‘Bring Your Own Wearables’ Policy

by Bharat Mistry

It might only be the first week in January but already the world’s biggest technology firms are lining up to show you what they’ve been up to over the past 12 months. Wednesday will see the official opening of CES 2016 – the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show. As always, Las Vegas will provide the backdrop as we get a tantalising glimpse into the future – and like last year, much of the focus is likely to centre on the Internet of Things.

But while CES shows us what’s coming down the road, CIOs would do well to remember that smart devices are already finding their way into the enterprise in ever greater numbers. And as they start to sync and share more data than ever before, IT leaders will need to start adapting BYOD plans accordingly.     Continue reading

The Internet of Things: it’s in our Hospitals … But is it Safe?

by Bharat Mistry

Many of us probably don’t know it yet, but already the Internet of Things is creeping into every corner of our lives. From connected cars to on-board sensors inside aircraft, wearable fitness bands to smart cities – the possibilities are almost limitless for this new computing paradigm. Healthcare is one industry which has taken to the IoT with gusto, especially in the States where investment in new technologies tends to be ahead of the UK. Yes, networked devices can dramatically improve healthcare outcomes and patient wellbeing. But the problem is that manufacturers just aren’t putting enough thought into security and privacy at the design phase.

The result? Products are rushed to market with major security vulnerabilities, as one new piece of research has just found. Presenting at DerbyCon last weekend, two researchers claimed to have found 68,000 exposed IoT devices at just one unnamed healthcare organization. Continue reading

Expect the Unexpected as CLOUDSEC Conference Comes to London Next Week

by Raimund Genes

Knowledge is power. Nowhere is this frequently over-used expression more relevant than in the information security industry. After all, how can security managers begin to plan effective cyber defences if they don’t fully understand the ever-evolving threat landscape? At the very least, they need to cast the net as wide as possible to take advantage of a broad range of industry expertise. Documents and articles from commercial vendors, non-profits, academics and others can certainly be a useful source of information. So can threat data generated from specific security tools and systems. But so can trade shows and industry events.

That’s why we’re bringing our popular APAC security conference CLOUDSEC to London for the first time. Held next week Thursday, 17th September, it’ll be a fantastic place to network with fellow IT professionals, share experience and best practice, and hear from a range of industry experts on the latest cyber security trends. Continue reading