|[December 13, 2013]
Amphion Forum Highlights Promise and Problems of Internet of Things
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
Explosive growth in the number and diversity of devices connected to the
Internet demands wholesale changes to the IT security industry, security
experts told an audience of IT professionals at the Amphion Forum in San
Francisco on Thursday.
With the Internet of Things is predicted to swell to some 50 billion
connected endpoints by the end of the decade, device makers,
corporations, regulators and the security industry need to cooperate to
make sure smart devices don't become prey to hackers and organized cyber
crime syndicates, experts said.
"In terms of the threats we face, the problem is set to become far
larger," said James Isaacs, CEO of mobile application security vendor
Mocana (News - Alert). "And, with the Industrial Internet and Internet of Things, the
numbers are just staggering."
Invoking Ben Franklin's famous maxim, Isaacs told the assembled that the
technology industry has to "hang together" against cyber criminals and
other malicious actors "or we'll surely hang separately."
Too often, however, organizations affected by cyber incidents are
reluctant to share valuable information that could protect others,
His words were echoed by other speakers at the Forum, as well. Nitesh
Dhanjani, an independent security researcher said that the security
industry and device makers have to pay more attention to fundamental
security issues like authorization and authentication, especially when
the device in question could affect securiy in the physical world.
In the not-distant future, malicious programs that now scan networks for
vulnerable Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows machines will search for vulnerable
Internet of Things devices like surveillance cameras, lights and other
intelligent endpoints. "Botnet herders won't just have access to the
machines in an office, but physical devices that could number in the
hundreds of thousands or millions," he said.
Still, many of the lessons learned fighting PC viruses, worms and cyber
attacks translate to the Internet of Things. Speaking Thursday morning,
AJ Shipley, the Senior Director of Security Solutions at Wind River (News - Alert), a
division of Intel, predicted the convergence of traditional "IT"
(information technology) with "OT" (operational technology) more common
in traditional industries. Companies will look for ways to adapt to the
challenges posed by the Internet of Things in a way that builds on
investments and best practices developed during the PC era, he said.
"There's no silver bullet," Shipley said. "There's no revolutionary
approach to securing the Internet of Things." Instead, we need to
address and augment the security controls that are already in use on
The Amphion Forum continues on Friday at the Grand Hyatt, San Francisco,
About the Amphion Forum
The Amphion Forum is an open, vendor-neutral and cross-disciplinary
event focused on exploring the most compelling ideas in mobile security
to help organizations realize the potential of the extended enterprise
and the Internet of Things. For more information, visit amphionforum.com.
Mocana simplifies wide-scale secure deployments for today's mobile
enterprise and tomorrow's Internet of things. The company's Mobile
Application Protection™ offering, distributed globally by SAP & Unisys (News - Alert),
automates end-to-end security and authenticates mobile users, apps and
devices to your business systems. Recognized as a World Economic Forum
"Technology Pioneer" and a Gartner "Cool Vendor", Mocana stands squarely
at the intersection of security, mobility and the Internet of Things,
with deep expertise born from a decade securing everything from iOS and
Android (News - Alert) to embedded medical devices, from defense electronics to
point-of-sale, from the smart grid to the home. More information is
available at www.mocana.com.
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