tiistai 16. toukokuuta 2017

If you think about IOT security, think broad enough!

Internet of Things security issues are serious, and are often the focus of discussions. The discussion is much needed. How can we make our IOT devices safe?

How can we prevent attacks similar to those that last year caused many popular Internet services to be unavailable, with badly secured IOT devices being used as a part of the attack?

This is a very important topic.

However, I would like to argue that people often think about this in a too narrow manner. First off, we  have a tendency to focus on visible, concrete things. However, there's more to IOT than the gadgets, and I think the other parts deserve equal scrutiny.

The IOT is not in the gadget, it is in the cloud.

We have to secure the gadgets, but we also have to secure the rest of the system. And more broadly, it benefits the consumers and users to have secure, interoperable, and open solutions for both the gadgets and other parts of the IOT ecosystem. We need data that is in well-specified format, we need data that is under user control, we need systems that you and I can compose from components. But we do not need closed ecosystems.

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