In-brief: Paul Roberts talks with Marc Blackmer of Cisco Systems about the recent Black Hat and DEF CON conferences, as well as a proposal Cisco is working on a for a new, open standard for connecting use policies to intelligent devices.
The BBC reports that thousands of seismic sensors monitoring geological activity are vulnerable to manipulation by way of cyber attack, though the seismic gear maker disputes the researchers’ findings. The poor security controls around the way the sensors transmit data were detailed in a presentation at the Def Con hacker convention. Researchers found ways to fool and overload sensors so monitoring systems would get wildly inaccurate readings.The findings have been reported to the US computer emergency organisation (sp) that oversees national infrastructure. Nanometrics, the company that makes the sensor system that was probed disputed the researchers’ findings. Source: Security of seismic sensor grid probed – BBC News
In-brief: Apple announced on Thursday that a new bug bounty program would pay researchers up to $200,000 for information on flaws in its iOS mobile operating system and iCloud service, joining the ranks of technology firms that offer cash for information on software vulnerabilities.
In-brief: The Internet of Things makes unique demands on entrepreneurs. Among them: passion, and a good business plan, says Cisco’s Marc Blackmer. I love the Internet of Things! Why? The IoT literally and figuratively opens us to a new world of possibility. The combination of increasing connectivity, online collaboration and the open source movement significantly lowers the barrier to entry for those driven to make their imprint on the world. Typically, I focus on the security aspect of the IoT, but one commonality across the IoT are the entrepreneurs. Without them, there would be no IoT – secure or otherwise – so I’d like to take a look at a case study that I think will benefit all entrepreneurs. Cisco sponsors the Innovation Grand Challenge at the IoT World Forum each as well as sponsoring other programs such as DevNet hackathons in conjunction with Cisco Live! As you can imagine, we […]
In-brief: IBM said that a new, cloud-based version of its Watson cognitive technology is being trained to help detect cyber attacks and cyber crimes.