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Did you know the illicit trading of personal data was worth $3.88 billion last year? Cybercrime is a growing industry known for its innovation. It goes far beyond the image many of us have of some hacker kid in his basement. Many who engage in this activity are professionals and work in large teams. Some may even be sponsored by governments. If you follow the news, you can find large corporations and even government agencies who have fallen prey to...

Organizational Issues that are making IoT a security riskSomething unusual has happened with the incorporation of IoT technology into business organizations: it is breaking down the dominance of the IT department as the sole custodian of all things tech. This is because IoT technology is tending to be introduced by operation lines and not initiated by the IT department. Line of Business managers are discovering individual IoT technologies that solve specific problems and initiating their use. As a result, IT...

New security liabilities: The Internet of ThingsIn previous blogs we have addressed the data security concerns that arise out of the inherent nature of IoT. However, there are other factors that create new security concerns.First, since many of these devices were designed to solve specific LOB needs, they may be designed for functionality first and security a distant second. And in many cases, they may not be designed with the capacity to restrict access to the data that is collected....

What is the Internet of Things?It is hard to avoid hearing about the Internet of Things. Articles in the mainstream business media appear frequently in print and online, and even consumers are becoming aware of it now. So let’s dive in and quickly define the Internet of Things. First, it is important to understand that the IoT is not a specific product. You don't buy a box of “internet things.” The IoT refers to all of the things that are...

The Internet of Things: A new security risk?You may have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), but are you aware that your business is already connected to it in some way?Everyday thousands and thousands of things are being connected to the Internet for all sorts of purposes. In the consumer and residential world, we are connecting thermostats, temperature sensors, lighting systems, security cameras, baby monitors, appliances and door locks, just to name a few. Conveniences we take for granted...