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2/10/2020
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6 Factors That Raise the Stakes for IoT Security

Developments that exacerbate the risk and complicate making Internet of Things devices more secure.
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The Drum Beat of Digital Transformation

The ubiquity of connectivity from IoT is a major pillar of digital transformation, for which enterprises are pouring billions of dollars in 2020 and beyond. In fact, IDC analysts are predicting $7.4 billion in spending over the next three years. Embedding IoT into industrial applications, into the supply chain via things like transport and product tracking, and into facilities through smart buildings, are at the spear tip of most early digital transformation investments.

This is going to create tons of new business opportunities, but at the same time embedding IoT into the most critical of physical infrastructure for business raises the stakes considerably for IoT security. This is not a new tech that can be turned on or off at will. It's part of the fabric of factories, facilities, and supply chains that businesses can't live without. What's more, it's tied to machinery that can cause serious injury or death in the event of malfunction or sabotage.

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3/2/2020 | 1:08:42 AM
Question about IoT and smart communities; government duty to regulate and protect.
The article names deployments that could be attcked, such as factories, hospitals or body-connected IoT devices, and facilities. I am curious about the negative potentials presented in the smart communities scenarios. What are the dangers? Paralysis of IoT-dependent traffic control and surveillance, for example? And if not paralysis, what about misdirection (a la Stuxnet)?

Next: it's nice that government regulations will role out in 2020--but where? In this country? With the vaunted repeal of 1200 (and counting) "job-killing" regulations that were originally created to protect public health and safety, exactly which competent agency employees remain to do the regulating? (Think State Department, EPA, CDC, etc.) I think it prudent to write to our elected representatives and make the case for, let's say, following the European example.
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