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Securing your IoT device doesn't have to be overly difficult.
February 9, 2017
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“Wake up baby!” screamed a man’s gruff voice through a baby monitor. An infant, who had been soundly sleeping a few feet away, stirred and started to cry. “I’m watching you!” yelled the man, who had managed to gain access to the monitor to be able to both see the baby, and communicate with the infant.
Stories like this are becoming more commonplace as the market for connected products booms, opening up new possibilities for unauthorized access to such devices.
But this is just one example of an IoT security breach. There’s the risk of everything from hacked cars, hacked power plants, hacked smart fridges, and, well, you get the picture.
The types of IoT security risks, however, are straightforward. The Open Web Application Security Project came up with a comprehensive list of Internet of Things security vulnerabilities that every IoT developer should take to heart.
Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).
At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on kurzweilai.net, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.
Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.
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