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Why Arent We Talking More Proactively About Securing Smart Infrastructure?
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User Rank: Apprentice
10/25/2016 | 11:20:45 AM
Secure the bits and avoid the bullets
I have noted for the past two years that cyber-threats grow more dangerous as we roll out and deploy insecure IoT infrastructrure.  I noted the rising vulnerabilty of device hijacking for DDOS attacks - and here we are.  I doubt these are state actors at this point, they are saving knowledge of these vulnerabilities for mass exploits as the first rounds fired in an opening attack will be bits not bullets sowing confusion.  When state actors emerge we will be well and truly screwed unless we act now to implement much more advanced device encryption, embed an internal device ID and develop a software framework for both the network fabric managing these devices and what they can be allowed to actuate.

This will add to IoT costs now, slowing deploymnet until these systems can be standardized and embedded in silicon.  Ultimately security is not cheap, whether it is for national defnse or local police or to avoid mass cyber attacks.  But as we have seen, the notion we could deploy simple cameras and toys with vestigal security has already come back to bite us.  We also know medical firms have deployed their devices with marginal security for pacemakers and deep brain stimulators for Parkinsons.  Guys, get a clue.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/21/2016 | 11:16:58 AM
Smart Infrastructure
Neil, It is crazy how vulnerable smart infrastructure is to a cyber attack. I, like you, have become numb to the news about IoT attacks, but when you put those smaller attacks in to a larger perspecitve, the idea starts to hit close to home. I completely agree that we need to get seriously involved when it comes to securing smart infrastructure. This was a great post. www.spirentfederal.com.


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