10 Predictions for the Future of IoT

IoT and its diverse connected devices poses a serious threat to the security of our homes, automobiles, businesses, and personal devices.  Consumers need to realize that there’s more to connectivity and access than meets the eye.  And privacy is at the heart of the challenge.

What is the future of IoT going to be like? Ahmed Banafa gives us 10 key points to take into account while illuminating the future of this promising technology

1. Platforms

2.Standards and Ecosystems

3.Event Stream Processing

4.Operating Systems

5.Processors and Architecture

6.Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks

7.Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks

8.Device (Thing) Management

9.Analytics

10.Security

Source: 10 Predictions for the Future of IoT – OpenMind

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Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services.

Watch for a variety of tool-kits that will simplify the inter-operability AND security between IoT devices the methods we use to talk to them:  Smartphones, tablets, and traditional desktops and laptops.

Source: Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

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US communications agency plans cybersecurity boost to protect Internet of Things

A US communications regulator aims to beef up cybersecurity for smart devices and make it more difficult for hackers to hit network-connected homes. The federal agency has a plan penned, but further steps are on hold due to the Trump transition.

Source: US communications agency plans cybersecurity boost to protect Internet of Things — RT America

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The impact of the Internet of Things on product development

Transform your engineering processes and tools to gain a competitive advantage from the Internet of Things

IoT design will ultimately improve simplicity, functionality, and (Yes, Virginia) security!

Source: The impact of the Internet of Things on product development – Embedded Computing Design

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IOT Report 2016 – Cites concerns about trusting your privacy

“This latest report was launched on April 7th in association with AVG Technologies and conducted by On Device Research. The study examines consumer perceptions about the future of a connected world. It reveals that while consumers see the tangible benefit of IoT (just 1 consumer in 10 say a world of connected devices won’t deliver such value), more than half also harbour concerns about the perceived risks and threats in a world of connected devices.”

Source: IOT Report 2016

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Crash testing vulnerable IoT devices

Recent attacks on the internet could be a prelude to far worse ones…

…To fix the problem properly, Mr Krebs argued in a blog post, the makers of such devices, collectively called the “internet of things” (IoT), would all have to recall vulnerable systems and change their careless approach to security. Since this is unlikely to happen, regulators may have to step in.

San Diego startup SafeJunction has developed a technology that privatizes the data leaving IoT devices and sets the conditions under which it can be used in the wild.  Their patented SafeShare approach will eliminate most of the problems that have surfaced recently with Denial of Service (DOS) attacks on vulnerable web services targets.

IoT product and mobile device developers can contact SafeJunction at info@safejunction.com for information.

Source: Crash testing

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DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say

Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchestrated using a weapon called the Mirai botnet as the ‘primary source of malicious attack’

The most interesting feature of the attack is that it involved the use of IoT devices, things like cameras and other devices that use “ethernet protocols” to send or receive data to other connected devices.  These “Internet of Things” devices exist all over the world and outnumber computers and smartphones by more than 100-1.  That number is growing exponentially these days.  Protecting them from such criminal abuse is a huge challenge for security experts.

Look to companies like SafeJunction to provide privacy and security solutions that will protect IoT devices as well as the computers and smartphones that they are designed to communicate with.

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Source: DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say

Internet of Things a Spyglass on Workers?

“Congress is showing some bipartisan support for the “internet of things,” but some worker advocates say lawmakers may be overlooking the employee privacy implications of technological advances in the workplace.The House Sept. 12 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support a resolution (H.Res. 847) calling on policy makers to come up with a strategy to encourage the internet of things.The buzz phrase refers to the increasing power of technology to allow machines and people to communicate with each other via linked sensors, whether it’s a pacemaker that sends performance information to doctors or crop sensors that tell farmers when it’s time for more water.”

SafeJunction protects your IoT identity and data,

Source: Internet of Things a Spyglass on Workers? | Bloomberg BNA

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Mobile Apps Study Underscores Necessity of Strong Best Practices for Health and Wellness Data

“A new FPF Mobile Apps Study underscores the necessity of strong Best Practices for health and wellness data. The App Study revealed that while the number of apps that provide privacy policies continues its upward trend from our previous surveys.”

Source: Mobile Apps Study Underscores Necessity of Strong Best Practices for Health and Wellness Data – Future of Privacy Forum

Thanks to Future of Privacy Forum

Samsung’s weird wearables include a smart suit and solar purse

“We’ve already seen some crazy product concepts from Samsung’s secret labs, but the company also had a few more unique wearable ideas over at its CES booth. How does a suit equipped with NFC tags sound? Or maybe a purse that charges your phone with solar panels?”

Thus begins 2016s proliferation of IoT products and devices that promise to make everything you wear smarter.  Some of it will probably help the retailer attract you to the product in the store, but the rest will advise, control or enhance your external life.  And then will come a slew of healthcare products to monitor all those vital signs, both internal and external, that physicians and diagnosticians need to treat disease and other health problems.

Get on board now and get ready for quite a ride this year!

Source: Samsung’s weird wearables include a smart suit and solar purse

Thanks to Engadget