Securing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The rush to connectivity in manufacturing, critical infrastructure, energy, transport, utilities, and aerospace, has exposed significant security vulnerabilities. Implications of security failures in the IIoT are potentially far more serious than in the home and consumer IoT. While pursuing benefits of remote control and management of devices, IIoT manufacturers have lacked the security awareness, skills and experience needed to ensure secure environments. Security has not been the top priority in the scramble to bring connected devices to market.
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Biometric data security

With iPhone and laptop fingerprint access, facial scanning and fingerprint border controls, DNA crime scene analysis, biometrics are all-pervasive. In the recent popular BBC series, The Night Manager, Tom Hiddleston uses facial recognition on his phone to access a bank account. As the trend is increasing utilisation of biometrics for identification and authentication, we need to examine security implications.
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Artificial Intelligence

Industry-changing technological advancements occur in waves. Mobile, the cloud, big data, IoT – are all examples of major technological advancement waves. The latest wave is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Quantum and nano waves are yet to fully arrive. While the technology of previous waves is still very relevant, often it is the latest flavour-of-the-month which commands front-page attention.

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Burgeoning blockchain applications

Records representing 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain by 2025, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report. Momentum is gathering and this nascent technology is potentially game-changing across several industries.
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HaLow World!

With the addition of billions of low-power devices to the Internet of Things, how will they communicate? The Wi-Fi Alliance have been developing IEEE 802.11ah, dubbed HaLow, to satisfy connectivity requirements of IoT. This post looks at what you need to know about HaLow.
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How to succeed in InfoSec

The Information Security market is forecast to burgeon from $75b in 2015 to $170b in 2020. With one million current job openings, what does it take to succeed in this industry? Although this advice will not apply to everyone and is not exhaustive, here are some ideas:

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Wi-Fi routers – the internet’s next Archilles heel

IoT heralds a quantum leap in the number of devices connected through a Wi-Fi router. In the home for example, devices such as lights, electric plugs, cameras, alarms, kettles, refrigerators, etc. communicate with each other on the local Wi-Fi network, and to the internet through the home router/modem. If one device on the Wi-Fi network is compromised, the attack could compromise the router itself, as well as data from other devices on the network. An example is a recent vulnerability discovered in a connected kettle which is able to steal router passwords.

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