Challenges stemming from the growth of IoT

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The growth of the Internet of Things is picking up its pace. The numbers are huge, with hundreds of millions of connected devices entering the industry every year. IoT will soon outnumber humans, and by 2020, there will be an average of three connected devices per living human being.

Much of this connectivity will be concentrated in cities, where sensors and smart devices will be scattered across roads, parks, offices, homes, cars and the people themselves. This increased connectivity will certainly transform our lives for the better in many ways that are unimaginable at present.

But it will also trail along some distinct challenges that need to be addressed. Here are some of the things to look out for. Continue reading

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Can we trust IoT in healthcare?

IoT in healthcare

 

Guest post by Dr Michael Abrams

For all the talk about connectivity, security and analytics, the IoT is ultimately about the information; where it flows, who owns it, and how it’s used.  Nowhere are these IoT questions more immediately relevant to us than in Healthcare.  The term “Connected Health” was even coined to ease the process of our being woven into the IoT web, and in the hope it would encourage us to trust the architects of that process.  But should we? Continue reading

The evolution of gaming introduces new cyberthreats

Video game security

Any endeavor that makes money quickly draws the attention of fraudsters and thieves, and videogames are no exception. Since their inception and introduction to the consumer market, videogames have been the target of theft, piracy, illegal distribution… But the evolution of the digitized entertainment and its major shift toward online gaming has also changed the way it is being targeted, who it is being targeted by, and the people who are suffering the consequences. Continue reading

How do you protect your passwords?

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It’s no secret that I hate passwords (I’ve written about it here, here and here). But while I despise these increasingly complex and unique phrases that we have to memorize for each of our dozens and scores of online accounts (and which we have to change every now and then, lest we risk our most sensitive data being stolen by malicious actors), I do admit that we’re still not ready to get over the use of passwords. Continue reading

IoT and Machine Learning are invading our lives. Is it a good thing?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning are two of the hottest technologies of our time. They have made possible things that were totally inconceivable a few years ago, and promise to continue transforming our lives in ways that are unimaginable at present. Smart appliances, cars, homes, cities and smart-about-everything are making our lives faster and more efficient. Continue reading

Viruses are getting smarter. Is there a cure?

Malware Alert

A few years ago, if you were a good cyber-citizen (which basically means you kept your system and software patched and your antivirus updated), you could’ve rest assured that you were protected against 99 percent of malware and attacks.

That’s no longer the case today, thanks to a new breed of smart malware and malware developers that are constantly finding new ways to evade security solutions. Continue reading