In this episode of The Security Ledger podcast (#128): you’re going to hear a lot from the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) out in Las Vegas this week, but are any of the new gadgets being released secure? And do security and privacy have a seat at the table at the world’s largest electronics event? We sit down with IoT luminary and influencer Stacey Higginbotham of the Internet of Things podcast and the StaceyonIoT blog to find out.
If its early January, then it must be CES. This week: the massive Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas, with more than 4,400 exhibiting companies covering more than 2.7 million net square feet of exhibit space. More than 182,000 industry professionals will attend to see the latest gadgets – ranging from cars to refrigerators to watches and everything in between.
You’ll hear plenty this week about massive new TVs and computer monitors, vendor hook ups (see also: Apple iTunes on Samsung Smart TVs), not to mention smart city and smart home products and services. But in a world where sensors are proliferating and pretty much everything sports an IP address, where do issues like information security, device integrity, resilience and data privacy fit in? Its clearer than ever that the Internet of Things is getting bigger – and CES is a showcase for new IoT technologies. But is it getting any more secure as it grows?
The news of the last year suggests that 2018 may be the year that the worm turned on what Bruce Schneier has called “surveillance capitalism:” the business model embraced by Facebook and Google in which the customer (and her data) is the real product. The serial scandals about Facebook’s back room deals with advertisers and shoddy handling of user data and the New York Times’ expose on mobile applications tracking users movements, suggest that concerns about privacy, data security and commercial surveillance are raising eyebrows, even amid the pitches about fantastic new technology at CES.
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To help answer those questions we invited someone who knows the IoT space better than any other, and who is on the ground at this year’s CES ready to take it all in and report out. Stacey Higginbotham is the host of the Internet of Things Podcast and the editor of the StaceyOnIoT blog and newsletter. Stacey is one of the smartest people out there writing and podcasting about the IoT. She’s also a veteran of CES, having been covering technology sector for 18 years.
We caught up with Stacey in her hotel in LV just at the start of CES. Check out our full interview in this week’s Security Ledger podcast!