Quite recently, Simon & Schuster published “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future," Steve Case’s first book.
By Iffy Kukkoo
04 Mar, 2018
Quite recently, Simon & Schuster published “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future,"Steve Case’s first book. If you don’t know him, Steve Case is AOL’s co-founder and long-time chief executive.
We won’t go into the book in detail, but we’re still interested in its main premise. And that is: that the future is reserved for the pioneers of the Internet of Things (IoT), just as the present is for Google and Facebook.
However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that risks tend to increase with progress. And the Internet of Things is not an exception.
It’s only normal that as the number of IoT devices is growing, the number of cyber threats is also on the rise. For a fairly simple reason: computers and mobile phones have long stopped being the only devices connected to the internet. However, antivirus software has not really adjusted to the variety of operating systems we are dealing with on an everyday basis.
Really: just think of the sheer number of new gadgets!
Smart home devices (refrigerators, domestic vacuum cleaners, smart thermostats, washers, etc.), smart grids and virtual power plants, wearable healthcare devices and miscellaneous medical equipment, rescue mission robots, and even pharmaceutical drugs! And we can go on!
Well, all of these IoT devices need a network connection. And we guess you can already sense where the main threat comes from.
It’s not exactly a secret that nowadays both our houses and our offices are stuffed with various smart devices, regardless of whether we need them or not.
We use some of these devices to access the Internet directly and send/receive information from other devices. The majority of them are active elements of a large network. In a way which is invisible to us.
The main threat, however, aren’t these devices per se. The threat actually comes from a host of unregistered devices.
Recently, in a paper published by ISACA, John Pironti, president and chief information risk strategist at IP Architects, wrote: