Vice President, Rational Smarter Product Development
IBM Software Group
Products are becoming smarter and connected as part of the Internet of Things. This brings all kinds of new benefits for consumers, but it also brings new types of risks. Recently, there were hacks that caused 100,000 smart appliances to send unwanted email. This is annoying, but not yet dangerous. However, with smart devices providing home heating/cooling, smoke detection, and eventually autonomous driving, it is possible to cause real damage and danger if our smart devices are hacked.
At the upcoming Black Hat security conference in Singapore, some researchers will be showing how your car can be hacked for less than $20 of off the shelf parts. This hacking would allow someone to control the car's windows, lights, and even potentially the brakes remotely. This demonstration is intended to increase awareness of the importance of designing for security in the Internet of Things. It has taken 20 years to get to a level of security on our computers since we started connecting them to the internet. But, the risks here are greater and the level of security needed for connected things is certainly higher. This is a big opportunity for technology providers.
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