Our lives continue to become connected, just look at your phone in your pocket. If you have an iPhone 6, for example, you are walking around with a connected device that has nine sensors in it. Nine sensors that are constantly collecting data about you. If you are an Amazon Prime user, chances are you’ve heard of an Amazon Dash Button that connects your Amazon account for 1-click shopping for those “hard to live without” items. While this connectivity has given us a new understanding of creature comforts, they have also created risk.
An example of this can be found through the the recent debacle from smart lock manufacturer LockState, who can unfortunately vouch for this type of risk. In a faulty firmware update that Lockstate recently pushed out to their customers, they rendered the smart locks inoperable and open to vulnerable attacks as a number of their customers’ locks were unuseable for those needing to connect to them. LockState learned a hard lesson around cyber and IoT security –as well as customer trust.
To learn more about how the industry is balancing connectivity with cybersecurity, we have invited Paul Roberts to join us. Paul is the founder and Editor in Chief of The Security Ledger, an independent security news website that explores the intersection of cyber security with the Internet of Things. Paul is a seasoned reporter, editor and industry analyst with more than a decade of experience covering the information technology security space. His writings about cybersecurity have appeared in publications including MIT Technology Review, CIO Magazine, ZDNet and Fortune. He has appeared on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report, KPCC’s AirTalk, Al Jazeera and The Oprah Show.
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