Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

MIT Technology Review

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate it. That's essentially the message that prominent computer security experts recently delivered to Congress. The huge denial-of-service attack in October that crippled the Internet infrastructure provider Dyn and knocked out much of the Web for users in the eastern United States was "benign," Bruce Schneier, a renowned security scholar and lecturer on public policy at Harvard, said during a hearing last month held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. But he said the attack--which relied on a botnet made of hacked webcams, camcorders, baby monitors, and other devices--illustrated the "catastrophic risks" posed by the proliferation of insecure things on the Internet. For example, Schneier and other experts testified that the same poor security exists in computers making their way into hospitals, including those used to manage elevators and ventilation systems.

4 Recent Internet of Things (IoT) Developments


In 2017, there will be 8.4 billion connected things in use worldwide, according to Gartner, up 31% from last year. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017. The Internet of Things or IoT has been rapidly adopted for both consumer and business applications and is going through some growing pains. New technologies and attempts at standardization and simplifications are also changing the IoT landscape. The business potential of the IoT and benefits such as higher efficiencies and improved customer relations, largely depend on timely and productive analysis of the mountains of data IoT sensors generate, says PwC.

US lawmakers balk at call for IoT security regulations


The U.S. government needs to pass regulations mandating internet of things security measures before device vulnerabilities start killing people, a security expert told lawmakers. A massive distributed denial-of-service attack aided by IoT devices in October "was benign" because a couple of websites crashed, said Bruce Schneier, a veteran cybersecurity researcher and lecturer at Harvard University. But the next attack may be more dangerous. With cars, airplanes, thermostats, and appliances now connected to the internet, "there's real risk to life and property, real catastrophic risk," Schneier told two House of Representatives subcommittees Wednesday. While some Republican committee members questioned the need for IoT security regulations, Schneier suggested that sellers and customers of IoT devices have little reason to fix them without a push.

Cyber Security Market - How Will it Grow by 2026?


The global cyber security market size stood at USD 131.3 Billion in 2018 is projected to reach USD 289.8 Billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period. Over the years, ensuring cyber security has always been a challenge for businesses or organizations across the globe. As this is the golden era of digital transformation, cyber-attacks evolve every day as attackers become more inventive. Interconnection of several sectors, expansion of exposure points and concentration of assets are some of the prevailing trends that are exposing the critical infrastructure to increased risks. However, it becomes difficult to accurately define cybersecurity solutions and identify good cybersecurity. Cyber security refers to a broad range of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect computer networks, devices, and programs from cyber-attacks, unauthorized access, and data damages.