Internet of Things

Repair shops for televisions and other appliances have largely disappeared in recent decades. A lack of after market parts and tools is one big reason says Kyle Wiens of Repair.org.

A Right to Repair the Internet of Things? Spear Phishing Detection and Nonstop Attacks on DVRs

In-brief: In the latest Security Ledger podcast we talk about pending right to repair laws and their impact on the Internet of Things. Also:  Facebook’s Internet Defense Prize went to a better method for spear phishing detection. We talk to a member of the winning team. And, Johannes Ullrich of The Internet Storm Center joins us to talk about a study he did to measure the frequency of attacks on a common IoT device: digital video recorders.

Three quarters of respondents said the Internet of Things was a top priority - but most dont feel ready for IoT security threats, McKinsey found.

McKinsey: CEOs need IoT Security Plan

In-brief: Fewer than one in five managers say their company is ready for the challenge of securing the Internet of Things, and  global consulting firm McKinsey says that CEOs need to get a plan, fast. 

The FDA approved a patch for implantable devices made by Abbott/St. Jude Medical, more than a year after serious security holes were first reported.

A Year Later: FDA approves Software Fix for Security Flaws in Pacemakers

In-brief: The FDA as approved a software update to software security holes in pacemakers made by Abbott. But doctors and patients will have to weigh the risks of apply the patch. 

Five states have introduced right to repair laws that will give consumers and independent repair shops access to information needed to service popular electronics like Apple's iPhone.

Massachusetts on Front Lines (Again) in Battle for Right to Repair

In-brief: After legislation in five states stalled in the Spring, states like Massachusetts will be on the front line of renewed efforts to pass pro-consumer laws that create a “right to repair” for cell phones, medical devices and other software-driven products. At stake could be the right of consumers to control Internet of Things devices they purchase for use in their home, on their person or in their business.

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Hacking Warships, Capitol Hill takes a Swing at IoT Security and why CS Grads don’t get Security

In-brief: on this week’s Security Ledger Podcast, we delve deeper into the question of maritime cyber security, speaking with noted researcher Ruben Santamarta of the firm IOActive about the work he’s done exposing vulnerabilities in the software that runs both commercial and navy vessels. Also: Alan Brill of Kroll joins us to talk about The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act. And we talk to Maria Loughlin of the firm Veracode about a new survey that suggests undergraduate computer science majors aren’t receiving adequate instruction in cyber security.