mobile devices

LED street signs equipped with sensors are just one smart city project piloted in Boston. But concerns about security and privacy can be hard to resolve.

Update: Smart Cities Seek Security, Privacy Expertise

In-brief: Cities and state governments often lack the expertise in cyber security that could help them properly assess the risks of smart city projects, including so-called “cyber physical” risks. (Editor’s note: updated with comments from Chris Rezendes of INEX.)

Qualcomm and Verizon said they would partner to connect low power Internet of Things endpoints using Verizon's 4G LTE network.

Finding Balance on the Internet of Things

In-brief: For all its promise, the Internet of Things is poised to disrupt long-held, societal notions of privacy, safety and security, argues Marc Blackmer of Cisco Systems. 

Smart television sets that rely on the Android operating system could be vulnerable to ransomware, a Symantec researcher warns.

Google: Lessons of Android Shape IoT Vision

In-brief: A prominent Googler says the company is committed to keeping the Android operating system open source, but wouldn’t mind the security benefits that come with Apple’s closed iOS ecosystem, either!

Mobile standards group the GSM Association unveiled guidelines for deploying IoT devices securely.

GSMA Announces Security Guidelines to Support Growth of the Internet of Things

In-brief: New guidelines from a leading mobile industry trade group seek to set standards for securing deployments of Internet of Things device.

Flaws in connected toys by Mattel and other manufacturers could leak personal information about children and families.

Update: Smart Toys Leak Info on Kids, Families

In-brief: research by the security firm Rapid7 has uncovered security flaws in new, interactive “smart toys” by Fisher Price and other toy makers that could divulge personal information related to children and their families. Editor’s note: this story was updated to include comments from Mark Stanislav of Rapid7. PFR Feb 2, 2016.