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Charlie Babcock
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7/29/2014 | 4:18:51 PM
Ah, we've seen this movie before
The suppliers of devices for the Internet of Things are engaged in a feature race, not a race to be secure. The first round of competition will focus on features and ease of use, as did the first round of browser competition and the race to get Windows established. It's only after the problems crop up that we remember that this also happened the last time we had a wave ripple out to computing devices and over the Internet.

 
Laurianne
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7/29/2014 | 3:43:21 PM
Re: Maybe we should rename it the Insecurity of Things
Drew, among the network of device makers, who has a financial incentive to push for industry-wide IoT security standards?
Drew Conry-Murray
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7/29/2014 | 2:37:59 PM
Re: Maybe we should rename it the Insecurity of Things
It's very frustrating to see the same kinds of issues cropping up in the IoT world that we're already struggling with on the Web. My guess is that part of the issue is manufacturers don't think there can be much harm done if these devices are compromised. And perhaps that's true while we've got tiny islands of IoT devices that don't connect to other systems. But connectivity inevitably gets extended, and it's not hard to imagine some kind of uber control service that runs both your home security system and your sprinklers. How ironic would it be for a fancy home security system to get compromised because of vulnerabilities in a lawn sprinkler?
Stratustician
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7/29/2014 | 1:38:52 PM
Maybe we should rename it the Insecurity of Things
70% of tested devices had vulnerabilities, is it just me or does that seem like it should be setting off a lot of red flags?  As more devices become connected, how are we ensuring that these devices are meeting security and privacy guidelines and standards?  It seems as if we are more happy to have these devices and ignore the inherent risks than hold these manufacturers responsible for these vulnerabilities.
Thomas Claburn
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7/29/2014 | 1:14:43 PM
the benefits of insecurity
Technical insecurity is job security. The Internet of Things will ensure employment for capable security professionals for the foreseeable future.
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