smart home

Home wireless networks are set for a makeover

Home wireless networks are set for a makeover

In-brief: In our latest Security Ledger podcast, we talk with Luma founder and CEO Paul Judge, a serial entrepreneur (Ciphertrust, Purewire, Pindrop) whose latest venture seeks to bring enterprise-quality wireless to the home market, improving both security and management along the way.

On Capitol Hill: Calls For A Federal Role in Securing World of Dangerous Things

On Capitol Hill: Calls For A Federal Role in Securing World of Dangerous Things

Some of the nation’s top experts on cyber security and the Internet of Things urged Congress to take a more forceful approach to securing a burgeoning population of Internet connected devices before security and quality issues undermine consumer confidence. Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce were told in separate testimony that security problems such as the recent denial of service attacks linked to the Mirai botnet will become more common and could threaten the integrity of the Internet and of the nation’s broader economy if left unaddressed. The Committee heard from Dr. Kevin Fu of the University of Michigan, Bruce Schneier of IBM and a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Dale Drew, the Chief Security Officer of Level3 Communications. All three, to varying degrees, advised a bigger government role in setting standards for devices connected to the Internet.  And all three warned that a failure to […]

Traffic observed from an IP surveillance camera shows communication with servers operated by the manufacturer. Often, such communications were found to be insecure. (Image courtesy of zScaler.)

Survey Sounds More Alarms on Internet of Things in the Enterprise

In-brief: A survey of customer networks by the firm zScaler found that cameras, printers, video recorders and other devices are common – and often easy to snoop on and attack. 

The explosion of Internet connected gadgets and consumer goods will demand a break with custom in information security. But is the market ready to respond?

Can Low-Power Devices Be Secured? | Semiconductor Engineering

In-brief: Internet of Things will break the traditional perimeter-based model for security, and article at Semiconductor Engineering declares. But are device makers ready to do what’s necessary to build a new generation of secure endpoints that can scale globally? 

Researchers in Japan have developed a way to uniquely identify Internet of Things devices: creating a "fingerprint" based on subtle variations in chip composition.

Cisco Warns on Security Hole in Management Tool for Connected Homes

In-brief: Cisco Systems has patched a serious security hole in its Prime Home, a network management tool that it markets as a way for service providers to manage “Internet of Things” devices in connected (“smart”) homes.