IoT Security: What to Expect as a Vendor When Joining the Connected World

Published on 07/31/15 02:30PM

Threats, Internet of Things

... or lessons to learn from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)'s recent mistakes

Many vendors are now adding Internet connectivity to their products, adding more features and enabling the device to send information back to them. Unfortunately, for the vendors who never developed connected products before, these additions also carry a greater risk of having a high-impact security vulnerability in their products. Case in point: the vulnerability recently discovered in the wireless service (Uconnect) of a Jeep Cherokee, which affects several connected cars by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and resulted in recalling 1.4M vehicles. The researchers who discovered it showed how this security flaw could enable hackers to take control over the car’s brakes, engine and electronic equipment.

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Why IoT Security Will Be a Nightmare for Everyone

Published on 05/08/15 02:00PM

Technology, Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be about innovation, about developing new cool, exciting “things” that nobody has done before – developing them fast, bringing them to the market with high speed. And people developing these things do understand the importance of security. Even for a small thing such as a wireless-controlled lamp, a user wouldn't want any neighbor kid to control it. However, as the 2014 Blackhat/Defcon showed[1], a number of those devices have rather inadequate security and could be easily broken into. So why exactly does this happen?

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The New Security Mindset Emerging from the RSA Conference 2015

Published on 04/30/15 01:16PM

OEM Business, Technology, Internet of Things

The RSA Conference was bigger than ever, with more participants and more ideas worth spreading. Since this event is the place where the world talks security, we had to be a part of that conversation. So we went there to tell the world the Bitdefender story, but also to listen to the bustling crowd. For personal views on the hustle&bustle of the RSA Conference 2015 and buzzing topics, check out this opinion piece written by our own Darragh Kelly.

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Opinion Piece: RSA Conference 2015 or 'This Is War!'

Published on 04/28/15 12:12PM

OEM Business, Technology, Internet of Things

Thiwas my first time at the RSA Conference, so hopefully that will give you some context to this post and some of the points I took away from this year’s event held in San Francisco between April 20th and 23rd at the Moscone Conference, where the world talks about security. And this year they talked in greater numbers than ever with record attendance: more than 700 speakers at more than 400 sessions, keynotes, peer-to-peer sessions, Learning Labs, track sessions, tutorials, forums, cowdsourced talks, and seminars.

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BMW Security Flaw: IoT Security Still an Afterthought?!

Published on 02/20/15 04:00PM

Threats, Technology, Internet of Things

As German luxury car maker BMW releases a security patch for their in-car software, one cannot help but wonder: is IoT security still an afterthought?

A couple of weeks ago, the BMW Group announced a security patch for a vulnerability in their ConnectedDrive system that could put 2.2 million Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles at risk. Using a SIM card, the software allows car owners to access and control car navigation functions, internet connected features, windows and doors. Imagine what could have happened if hackers had discovered the flaw before the researchers at the German Automobile Association, ADAC.

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Top OEM Predictions for 2015: Security Becomes Smarter

Published on 01/16/15 03:52PM

OEM Business, Network Security, Endpoint Security, Technology, Internet of Things

Technologies are evolving at a faster pace than ever before. They’re becoming smarter, quicker, wiser. The evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) over the past couple of years is a clear sign that we’re becoming more connected with each other, with our homes and offices. And that connectivity becomes seamless, uninterrupted, as more sophisticated wearable devices enable us to stay connected while out and about. But greater connectivity comes with greater security risks. Cybercriminals have shown time and time again how skilled they are at exploiting a variety of interconnected systems and networks. So what about security – how will it evolve with all these welcome-but-risky developments?

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