The lessons of the Mirai botnet's abuse of internet-connected devices four years ago have been taken to heart, says Aaron Guzman of OWASP, which is working with others to improve security benchmarks and testing for connected devices.
Manufacturers are increasingly adding connectivity to everyday devices, but it's not always evident how privacy and security is managed. Detailed technical labels could give purchasers more insight, says Pardis Emami-Naeini, a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.
Connected devices for consumers don't come with service-level agreements agreements. The travails of Petnet, the maker of an automatic, cloud-enabled pet feeder that has now gone offline offer a tale of caution that points to the need for stronger consumer protection for cloud-enabled devices.
Check Point Research reports that a new version of the Joker mobile malware that infects Android devices has emerged. The malware, hidden in apps in the Google Play store, has once again evaded Google's security tools.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the surge in the use of employee monitoring tools for the increasingly remote workforce. Also featured: Discussions about IoT security guidelines and CCPA compliance requirements.
With more than 1,000 IoT security guidelines, recommendations and best practices, which ones should an organization follow? Researchers at Carleton University in Canada say 91 percent of the guides are outcome-based, which are not necessarily easy for manufacturers to follow.
Voice-controlled assistants can be fooled by replaying a recording of someone's voice. But researchers with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and Samsung Research say they've developed a lightweight software tool to detect such attempts, which are difficult to defend against.
Japan has been scanning its entire IPv4 address space to find insecure home routers, web cameras and sensors. The results are encouraging, and the country's program could serve as a model for other nations aiming to avoid large-scale IoT security problems.
IoT devices can be made cheaply and quickly. But as a result, they may lack adequate security features. The Atlantic Council is proposing regulations that would require technology retailers to sell devices that meet security standards, which would, in turn, put pressure on IoT component makers.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether IoT devices will outlive their security updates. Also featured: Why security spending needs to shift further upstream; could banks be custodians of identity?
Integrating IoT devices into OT systems brings a raft of security concerns. Microsoft's acquisition of CyberX, which offers a specialized IoT/OT security platform, may give some organizations more confidence to tackle what can be a messy business of securing and monitoring IoT controls across a network.
If you've managed to equip your home with smart devices and appliances that work properly, you probably think you're all set. But there are no regulations around how long manufacturers must provide security updates, which could mean a smart device could become a risk.
An Australian IoT alliance is developing a certification program designed to raise security standards for connected device manufacturers and give consumers more confidence that they're buying secure devices. The program, slated to start in September, could expand globally.
Time for another internet of things update nightmare: Researchers have found that a little-known but widely used TCP/IP software library built into millions of internet-connected devices has 19 flaws that need fixing. Developer Treck has issued fixes, but how many vulnerable devices will end up patched?