Protecting Tomorrow’s IoT Devices from Cyber Attacks

The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed for significant developments in the technology used in healthcare, manufacturing, and retail; and IoT has even changed the way that we use consumer devices. While technologies associated with IoT are often lauded for innovative features, there is less coverage given to the vulnerabilities and security risks associated with some devices.

In a world where technology is pervasive and continually increasing in complexity and capability, security should be at the forefront of the mind of anyone who is interested in either the IoT industry, or even specific devices.

IoT Cyber Attacks Are Increasing in Frequency

Recent reports have shown that cybercriminals have expanded their attacks from existing systems, and are now spending a significant amount of resource on attempting to compromise IoT devices. Vulnerable devices include connected televisions, washing machines and refrigerators, and even home CCTV systems and baby cameras. With the increasing expansion of IoT into all areas, it should be expected that cybercrime will increase in the coming years.

In 2017, it is estimated that there are around 20.35 billion connected IoT devices around the world. By 2025, that figure is expected to increase to over 75 billion. Growth is being driven by a high rate of innovation, consumer and industry demand, and partially due to a decreased unit cost for devices. As sensors and embedded chipsets become more affordable, it’s only natural that more innovators will look at making their existing devices more ‘connected’.

With Market Growth, Security Will Be Essential

By 2019, the global cost of cybercrime is expected to hit figures exceeding $2 trillion USD. New device manufacturers and developers may have no prior experience with data and internet security, so it will be critical that the right professionals are hired throughout the industry, to secure the next wave of devices. Thankfully, industry insiders do seem to be aware of the risks that exist in the market.

Almost half of all developers involved in IoT consider security their primary concern when developing and supporting devices. This is a promising statistic, especially considering that more than half of all consumers are concerned for privacy and security when dealing with devices that are connected to the internet.

There’s little question the IoT market will continue to grow in the coming years, allowing for embedded devices that were simply not possible in the past. With the ever present risk of security threats, both technology and product developers will need to take great care to not only develop devices that are innovative and functional, but that are secure by design and protected from cyber-attacks.

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Exploring IOT in Three Unique Environments

IoT is often spoken of as a single and relatively unified technology. The reality is that while IoT as a concept is fairly straightforward and applicable to numerous industries and use cases, things start to look a bit different when you look closer at some specific examples.

For these comparisons, we’ll focus on agricultural, manufacturing, and commercial building IoT implementations.

Data is a Key Differentiator in Systems

A significant aspect of IoT is that data that is collected and used to make automated systems more efficient and useful. Consider an existing commercial office building that is moving to IoT sensors and systems for building automation. From installation, that building will already have numerous data sets that will help when designing a cost effective and efficient system. Building automation, electronic access, and other systems have existed for a number of years, so a commercial building operator will already know what they want to achieve with an IoT connected system.

Compare that to agriculture, where sensors and electronic devices have not been used in the past. Adapting to IoT sensors and devices will be completely new territory, however, agricultural operators do have the advantage that they often start with a data lite ͛approach. With fewer sensors and systems, they are able to identify the key benefits of their IoT systems and scale them up in a way that creates the most value.

If manufacturing is analyzed, there’s even more data to collect, and even if it is not immediately usable, the right analytics can enable significant improvements in efficiency and productivity. The problem that exists today is that the data that can come from factory sensors is so rich and so varied, that companies often don’t know what to do with it. In fact, according to an Industrial Internet Consortium report, only 1% of all factory data is used to create valuable insights.

IoT Changes Depending on the Application

Although this is a rather brief overview of some ways in which IoT can vary between industries and applications, the point should not be lost. IoT on its own is not a magic bullet for solving efficiency or productivity problems within an organization. The right design Is required, along with continued learning and adaption to make the most of any investment.

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Top Industrial IOT Influencer Worldwide Per Right Relevance – March 2017

IBM IOT Futurist – Top 50 IOT Authority on Twitter – Guest contributor to IoT Central, Medium and US.ibm.com/blog

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Internet of Things Recruiting CEO to Speak at IBM InterConnect

Bill McCabe Will Present at IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas, Nevada

DENVER – March 13, 2017 – PRLog — Futurists look toward tomorrow—they offer us a vision of what lies ahead at or what is in store for us.They predict new ways to do business and new ways to look at the world around us. Bill McCabe, renowned IoT recruiter, has been named to IBM’s list of Futurists and invited to speak and interact with the other panel members at IBM’s InterConnect March 19th-24th in Las Vegas Nevada.

IBM, well known for their promotion and expansion of systems such as Watson, is working tirelessly to enable global collaboration and innovation. IBM is a long time computing leader whosew Watson systems will now ally with with SoftBank to bring Watson to Japan.

Bill McCabe, IoT and IT security recruiter, is well known in IoT circles.This is not his first partnering with IBM as Bill is an often requested IoT guest blogger for IBM and additionally, Bill is an avid supporter and admirer of their technology.Bill has also been named to Twitters Top 50 IoT Influencers.

When questioned about the IBM InterConnect symposium, Bill stated “It gives me great pride to be included among the ranks of IBM’s futurists. I join some very distinguished company and look forward to our interaction and sharing common interests and discussions.”

You can reach Bill for comment or for questions at Bill@SoftNetSearch.com. If you’d like to interview Bill or to speak to him regarding retaining his search firm,–http://internetofthingsrecruiting.com, he may be reached by phone at 303-337-7871 . You may find Bill at IBM Interconnect in March or see him speak at IoT World May 16 – 18, 2017 at the
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Stop Losing Your Candidates to Counter Offers

men-1979261__340The biggest danger these days in Iot recruiting is having a good candidate turn into a good hire who then accepts a counter offer from their current employer. It’s fairly common that we see counter offers made and about 40% of the time, the employee accepts the offer.

 

Making the dangers of a counter offer clear to your candidate is the first and best way to prevent their acceptance. It is your task as the recruiter to fully engage the candidate and to make clear the dangers of the counter offer and how it can affect their future employment picture.

Forbes calls accepting a counter offer “career suicide.”

The reality is that very often when a candidate receives a counter offer, it is the employer scrambling to keep a position filled that is important to their bottom line. They pay whatever is necessary to keep the employee who does not realize that the employer no longer views them as an asset. They paid in order to prevent a costly vacancy but they consider it legal extortion according to most employers and companies.

It behooves you as the IoT recruiter to let them know precisely how someone who takes a counter offer is viewed.

In most cases, the employer will find any and all reasons to release the employee and according to Forbes more than 50% of those who accept a counter offer are released from the company within 18 months.Some do leave of their own volition, but most are released by the company.

Having already reneged on an offer from a recruiter, it is very typical that recruiters too want very little to do with a candidate who has treated them in this way. In most cases they will be blacklisted by recruiters in their field and offers do not come in even when they are not currently working.

If you’re not helping your candidates and prospects to understand the dangers of accepting a counter offer it is a big mistake on your part. Recruiters talk and companies talk. As Forbes says, accepting a counter offer is indeed career suicide and its something that will stay with them for years if not forever.

Here;s a tip for you as an IoT Recruiter.  Get your candidates engaged and keep them engaged. What’s more, while you need to thoroughly vet them. you also need to on board them more rapidly in order to prevent the counter offer scenario, but should it arise, help them to understand why it’s a bad idea..

IoT in 2016. What Did We Experience?

The internet of things has made incredible leaps and bounds in recent years. 2016 was no exception with most of the hype we’ve been hearing
coming to fruition. In fact, the general population actively discovered this amazing trend and while there were a few bumps in the road, 2016
proved we are still in a golden era.

A great example can be found in the homes of millions. Thanks to devices like the Amazon Echo, more people have embraced the IoT on a consumer
level. This has shown that while some concerns are out there among people, it is possible to win over the consumer and to create a
multifunctioning device that is successful. We now can control all aspects of our home from a single unit so lights can be switched on,
television systems recorded, and even thermostats adjusted even if we are on the other side of the world.

We also learned what we can expect when a cyberattack happens on a grand scale. Yes, the September 2016 cyber-attack that slammed Netflix,
Twitter, and other major players allowed us to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and put it at the forefront of the connected devices
that we use. Fortunately, nothing of serious consequence was experienced during this attack and the online world appears to have recovered.

In a sense, even the concerns with cyber-attacks are not enough to sway the investors who have helped IoT stocks to experience new highs. On the
NASDAQ alone, there was a major surge in Industry 4.0 stocks including the likes of Sierra Wireless and PTC who are often viewed as the
frontrunners when people talk about the internet of things.

Because 2017 is expected to be an even bigger year, we saw some legal changes to how the IoT can work. No data coming from devices that are
potentially used by children can be mined for data. If a security breach is experienced, it must be reported at once. Also, users must give
their consent to have data mined, and have the option to object to it if they desire to do so.
Even with all those restrictions in place, this should still be an incredible year for both the average consumer, and those producing connected
devices.

Is Medical IoT Actually Secure?

It’s a fair question to ask. Is my medical IoT device actually secure? Is it possible for someone to hack into it and kill me? While it is unlikely that a hacker will make it into a medical device, there are security measures constantly going into place to ensure that there isn’t even a remote possibility.

 

Because the medical industry has a considerable number of watchdog groups hovering over it, ABI Research conducted a study. They found that $390 million of the $5.5 billion spent on cyber security for medical devices in 2016. These funds were used to help create patches that could be released over the air, while analysis and penetration testing could be done specifically for installed medical IoT devices.

Additional options like authentication mechanisms and other resources have also been further developed for medical devices. This reduces the number of vulnerabilities that could be experienced by a devices that are connected. However, further responsible security measures that include hardcoded passwords and other tools should remain at the forefront of developer’s minds.

The United States has already taken the initiative to ensure that all devices are being cared for. In recent years, they have put medical security to the front of importance. It is estimated that with the funding from there, and places like Sweden and Germany, the amount spent on medical devices will more than triple by 2021. That’s good news for future generations who will need medical devices.

Of course, according to the Federal Drug Administration and Underwriters Laboratories, we still have a long way to go with Medical IoT security. While the FDA still doesn’t require FDA approval for worn IoT medical devices at this time, it is possible that could change in the future. This would likely happen if there was a perceived need for stricter guidelines to go into place, due to a lack of security measures being taken into account.

Law enforcement has also recently expressed concern. The problem is that too often, no one is prepared for an event when it happens. Authorities are concerned that something could take place on a massive scale, if the information on how to alter these devices gets out. This is especially the case if a high profile individual, such as the president, were to need a medical device.

For now, don’t feel like it is all doom and gloom. Yes, there are areas of protection that need to be addressed with connected devices. That is all being done and before long, the security measures will be exceptional with them, so there is never a concern with the wrong people gaining access to the devices that help to keep us healthy.

How to Nail Your Internet of Things Interview

How to Nail Your Internet of Things Interview

The internet of things is the future of technology. If you plan on getting a position that relies heavily on it, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure success.

First, understand what the company does and their approach to the IoT. If the company makes connected thermostats, you’ll want to ensure you have some knowledge about that area of expertise. If they manage a series of connected devices on a production line, you need working knowledge of how to interact and program those elements. Not every device is the same, so make sure you understand what knowledge is required for the position you are interested in. After all, simply operating these devices is vastly different from programming them.

Next, remember that the tiny details matter. Have you had experience with a particular system or code? Make sure you mention it. While your resume is a good outline for who you are, your knowledge and level of comfort with the topic during your interview will actually have more of an impact.

This means also taking the time to understand the company. Do your research and find out what projects they are working on. If their focus is on new avenues of technology you can briefly talk about it. When you don’t show any genuine interest in the company or knowledge, you put yourself in a position where the interviewer doesn’t take you as seriously.

Your first impression is also key. While it is important to know your stuff, also prove you have the desire to be there. Make sure you show up no more than 5 minutes early to your interview. Make sure you are cordial to all staff, including the receptionist. Many companies watch how potential employees interact with what are deemed “lower” importance employees. If you are rude, condescending, or cold they will find out and it could cost you a job. Ultimately, all employees in a company have a valuable purpose and no one position can do their job without the others ensuring the office functions.

Finally, make sure you read up on the latest internet of technology news pieces that come out. Did a major company announce a new revolutionary advancement? Then you’ll want to mention it. This shows you stay current and if you discover something that manager doesn’t know, they might see you as an invaluable expert in the industry. That could help you to nail that interview and go on to make waves in the industry.

Who Will Rank Among the Top IoT Providers in 2017

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Who are Some of the Most Powerful IoT Companies Going into 2017?

IoT is no small thing any longer. With smart phones, smart tablets, smart refrigerators, smart buildings and smart cities, it’s a given that there is a lot of money to be made in the IoT industry. With IoT growing by leaps and bounds and predictions being that it will grow to a trillion and a half dollars by 2020, everyone wants a piece of that pie.

The IoT companies that have the most to offer and are taking away most of the consumers at this point in time—the heavy hitters in IoT are the companies that should all be watching. The question is—who are they?

The top IoT movers and shakers for 2017 –based on those who did the most with IoT in 2016 appear to be these: ( listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily by order of importance)

Amazon. With tools like Echo and Amazon AWS and Kinesis, Amazon scores big on the IoT scene by offering increasingly powerful services and tools for users.

AT&T with their broadband network is slated to be a key enabler of the IoT forces. The M2X will also play an important role in that along with Data Flow, the development portal for IoT.

Bosch—the German wizards of home appliances also make enterprise software. They say that their range of appliances and products will now be connected to IoT to make monitoring and maintenance easier. This will make them one of the key companies in IoT.

Cisco, which company terms the IoT the Internet of Everything is slated to be one of the main companies that will be enablers of Iot in every form. Cisco is creating a whole new niche for themselves by their provision of switching, routing, wireless access points and network hardware for connecting and communicating with IoT devices.

Google—Always in the lead in nearly anything they undertake, Google has made it a point to take hold of the IoT reins and put themselves at least in the top ten companies by the purchase of smart thermostat maker NEST, that could expand to bring in all manner of smart home systems.

IBM—The Watson smart products will be what lands IBM as a mover and shaker in the IOT space if they have anything to say about it. A combination of cloud development and production arenas for apps, IBM has a little of everything to offer the cloud development community.
These powerhouses, joined by Huawei, Hitachi, Samsung, and yes, even Microsoft, are the companies to watch—and to beat if you’re looking at it as a competition. The question is not whether they will give us great products and services—we already know the answer to that one–most of them will. The bigger question is and one that is and will continue to be a sticking point for the consumer is– with the race to market we’ve been seeing from a lot of these companies, in their haste, can we depend on them to secure their IoT space as well?

Medical IoT that is Up and Coming

While the internet of things has quickly become a popular term, the medical industry has been using it for quite some time. However, in the medical industry it has been called telemetry for many years. But with the IoT becoming an important buzz word, more professionals are acknowledging the term used for gathering data and improving the health of others.On the forefront of the most advanced technology are three areas. The first is elder care. New technology allows better tracking of patients in nursing homes so they cannot get lost, and if they experience any sudden change in stats or experience a fall, a nurse is immediately given information of where the patient is.

 

Patient data is the next area. Considered the most mature element, thanks to telemetry, this gives instant access to vital signs of patients, and other essential information at the push of the button. This allows patients to remain in constant supervision, without them having to be physically assessed by a member of a medical team every few minutes. More importantly, the technology reduces the risk of error. That means readings are far more dependable than they would otherwise be.

Protecting the data that is mined is also of importance. Because of that, devices are using stricter encoding to transmit information. Even information that has been collected through special devices that are the only tools that can harvest information, are then protected in a secured location.

Newer devices have also found secure ways to transmit information, aside from WiFi. Additionally, less power intrusive devices are also available. That will allow devices to run for a longer period of time, without having to have elements switched out.

Finally, medical apps are now in use that are helping to further advance the internet of things. They include the Future Path Urosense, Philips Medication Dispensing Service, and Air Finder. Of course, additional powerful apps are being released all the time and each is proving to play an important role in the future of medical IoT.

While there is no way to predict which will be the new and best item, there is no doubt that the medical industry is headed in the right direction. Take the time to explore each of the options as they are released to gain a deeper understanding of the direction things are headed. That way, you continue to keep ahead of the trends and remain innovative in your facility.

DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

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DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

There are some in the IoT industry who see certain technologies as prohibitive, especially for the average user. There are a number of areas that are currently unserved by IoT technologies, sometimes due to a lack of innovation, and at other times due to there being a lack of network support in a particular geographic location.

With the increased penetration of 4G cellular coverage around the world, there is huge potential for DIY IoT services that are independent of any major branch of technology. Learning about the companies that are preparing niche devices can help you to expand your vision of what IoT is, and who it can benefit.

Here are three exciting areas that have already been embraced by the DIY IoT community.

Environmental Tracking for Agriculture

Agricultural operators could gain a lot from IoT sensors, and independent developer Mesur would like to provide the technology. This startup company creates simple sensor devices that can track atmospheric and environmental conditions to help with seeding and harvesting, allowing operators to minimize waste and increase crop yields. They also provide tailored analytical sensor software to benefit turf management, vineyard management, and even mining operations.

Private Car Telemetry Tracking

Telemetry tracking can be hugely beneficial when used for legal defense or during insurance claims. One driver who wanted to put the power of data in his own hands, went as far as creating a device that tracked his vehicle behavior, detecting speed, location, and acceleration/braking patterns. Using simple components like gyros, a GPS module, and a transmitter, individuals could create their own vehicle tracker with telemetry, and connect it to a cellular network for extensive urban and suburban coverage.

Plant Health Monitor for Home Gardeners

By combining a GSM connected microcontroller module from Particle, along with a temperature and moisture sensor, home DIY enthusiasts could create a simple device that tracks soil quality in home planters or gardens, letting them know when it’s time to get out and water the plants. With the Particle microcontroller, alerts can be sent via SMS, email, or to a mobile app. An electron 3G kit from Particle costs less than $70 USD, and as demand for DIY devices increases, these costs are likely to come down even further.

Using a Particle Microcontroller for Almost Any Application

Particle is one of the leading companies when it comes to home and small scale IoT development. Their electron IoT microcontroller kit can provide cellular service in virtually any country that has coverage, and the microcontroller can be used with multiple sensors for virtually any application. Whether a user wanted to create a GPS tracker for their vehicle, or a door sensor for their home, the Particle would be perfect for the job.

As other companies develop DIY-friendly kit sets and technologies, it is likely that the number of home-based IoT enthusiasts will increase, and devices like the Particle could even find their way into schools and tertiary education facilities, where they will inspire the next generation of IoT designers and innovators.