IoT? More Like Internet of Troubles

The Internet of Things or the IoT is not a new thing… it’s been in existence for some time now, however within the confines of modest commercialization. Well, that was pretty much true until the recent security breach. For what it’s worth, more people than ever are talking IoT or the Internet of Troubles and about the problems IoT faces. Yes, IoT is in trouble.

The internet of troubles debate

After all the positive plugs surrounding IoT, it brings disappointment to the consumer. Its campaign and promises are much of a let down to the people who need security centered engineering. On the flip side of this development, investors are pitching in more money, departments are receiving more funding, and the buzz has put IoT on the map in a major way.

The negative aspects of the IoT were security, is security and security will always be a top concern. Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the US Federal Trade Commission, gave her point of view on implanting sensors into common devices and said that it could very well pose a monumental security risk. One would argue that the internet is never a safe and secure source, so why would anyone believe the IoT to be fool proof either?

New challenges… new fixes

Nonetheless, there are new challenges every day and together with technologies and security experts are charged with meeting and subsequently, conquering these changes. Ramirez feels that there are three key components that need addressing and their fixes are necessary to the well-being of the IoT:

Increased risk for security breaches
Ubiquitous nature of data accumulation
Possibility of unforeseen usage of consumer’s personal information

Companies and organizations need to take care and place emphasis on obtaining top-notch security, reduce data collection by certain IoT devices, along with make IoT more transparent while providing the consumer with the best opt-out option available.

Surely, everyone knows to change default passwords, especially on IoT devices and even to periodically change passwords. But did you know that although the password changes, other parts and services remain wide open and defenseless against infection. Having a low-level device could mean that the owner doesn’t know there’s a security issue.

Infected devices

It’s mysterious how the internet, at the same time, connects us all. Nonetheless, it’s a simple concept that has complex strategies and content. With that said, if problems with the internet and IoT devices arise and they are not fixed and fixed quickly and accurately the first time, the results could have catastrophic consequences.

One should always have a good defensive plan in case something should go wrong, and on the internet, bad things can spread like a wildfire on a dry, hot day. In the case of a viral infection, you may not even know that you have been infected. Finding out can be as easy as using a reputable open port locator tool. The application will scan IP addresses for open ports and advise you of any that are septic. Now, comes the part where you must get rid of this ferocious bug.

Start by doing a manual (hardware) reset. Power off your device and wait a minute or two before you turn the power back on. Likely, the malware is memory dependent and shutting down the power, will wipe out the virus.

Since IoT was born, the market has shown slow progress, but by and by, security has moved up the ladder as well. Investors and companies such as ARM and Intel will surely reap the benefits of a growing industry, but only their growth will be measured according to their seeds.

Who’s responsible for the internet of troubles?

In a perfect world, everyone accepts responsibility for his or her actions, so who is accountable for the internet of troubles? Cyber hijackers stole information from security videos and even printers, plus denied millions access to sites like Twitter and Amazon for several hours. Where does a person point the blame for this security breach?

Familiar brands such as Xerox and Panasonic have placed a recall on their devices along with the smaller family owned and operated businesses. But how many will not turn in their device is the real question? Will these people continue to use their devices knowing the risks of being compromised? The answer is surprising, ‘Yes, some people will remain dazzled and slow to return their device.’

What’s worse is that a source code has been released, which controls the botnet brigade. What this means is that you can bet your last dollar another attack is on the horizon. Aren’t they then are responsible for damages? Who is, from a legal standpoint, is responsible for the internet of troubles. IoT? The developers and manufacturers didn’t have a thing to do with the attack, so can we rightfully place the blame of them? No… I think not.

Standards, security, and lawsuits

Well, Michael Zweiback who’s an attorney with the law firm Alston & Bird and past cyber crime prosecutor says that one should expect the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a ton of investigations and an extra large pile of lawsuits. Zweiback also told Fortune, that the government officials have the privilege to bring legal action against the businesses that promote these devices using deceptive marketing schemes and selling them for unsafe products.

Apparently, there isn’t an incentive that would urge manufacturers to adopt a minimum security operating standard. Perhaps, selling total platforms or various designs for different IoT devices could generate more of a revenue for chip-makers, while reinventing standards and security levels.

Think about it!

If you think about an IoT resistant software that is specialized, what exactly comes to your mind? Have you given much thought to what would happen if all who use the network would share in the cost of this software that could be extremely pricey? On the other hand, what does happen when users can not afford this software? These people will likely want and use the lesser priced device.

Somehow, my friends, authorities will have to put to the test their persuasive powers and force makers to stop producing harmful, substandard products. It is, after all, the last thing we should have to worry about as if life is not challenging enough. I mean, it’s only the logical thing to do. More resources for security mean fewer security breaches. What’s in the future for IoT? Who knows but as long as the internet of troubles has a cyber home, it’s future is certainly unstable.

5 Top Priorities for Building Enterprise Mobility

The widespread popularity of smartphones among business users, remote access and the development of super fast connection networks such as 4G LTE and Wi­Fi has fast tracked the need for policy for enterprise mobility solutions.

CIO’s and technology executives are continually faced with the need to meet the commercial demands of their organizations as well as balance the requirement for robust and secure environments in which their users can operate effectively, but the pace of change being experienced within the world of ‘mobility’ is fast becoming an issue when it comes to the latter.

At a recent meeting between senior IT leaders across both the public and private sectors, the general feeling was that effective enterprise mobility solutions could be defined as ‘how you get IT done’ and that mobility needs to ‘support the mission and be infused in the way agencies do business’ but, in terms of securing this agile and organic network, that all devices should be considered a hostile threat.

Organized by FedScoop, the group brainstormed their ideas for an effective strategy for how policy needs to be developed and incorporated and listed five points that should be considered to construct and manage a better, safer and more agile mobile IT environment.

1. Constant demand vs constant delivery

There is no denying that mobile devices have changed the way that we live our lives both socially and in business. The demand to access data is a permanent feature of their growth in popularity and is central to their success. As a result, more needs to be done to deliver ‘service without boundaries’.

However, it was also accepted that plans need to be developed to extend the capability and functionality of those not able to access WiFi and Wireless networks to benefit from the functionality afforded to other personnel. The potential of enterprise mobility solutions to extend beyond their current status as simple call, email and agenda­ syncing is vast and more needs to be done to extend its capabilities.

2. Data is King, give it an Outrider

The cybersecurity industry has long been treating static environments as strongholds and defends them as such. The need to move the mindset to reflect the fact that it is the data exchange and traffic, which needs to be policed, is now more important than ever. If the data is in motion then so too must be the defenses. The consensus of the focus group was that IT departments need to take a holistic view of their networks and the flow of data within it and to assume that, as all devices pose a threat, that protecting the traffic from end to end was the most important way of mitigating risk.

Monitoring, planning and investing in secure coding as well as creating responsive and adaptive infrastructure are all key factors in securing mobile networks.

3. Adopt cohesive procurement strategies

Business users are consumers, and, therefore, expect a great deal of choice in their selection of mobile computing. As a result, organizations have adopted a policy of choose/bring your own device without considering the wider impact on security as well as reliability, functionality and adaptability. The group concluded that maintaining a coherent but flexible procurement strategy for mobile technology would go a long way to assisting IT departments in maintaining a more secure and adaptive working environment.

The feelings of the group were that traditional models for procurement took too long and, as a result, excluded new to market technologies as well as locking in policy, which denied the business the opportunity to remain agile, responsive and flexible.

4. Start with good housekeeping

In order to move forward with a cohesive strategy and policy for secure enterprise mobility solutions it is necessary to start with the front line defense- the user. They are the important stakeholder in security policy and need to be educated and empowered with the right information and tools to help defend the mobile network.

Security is not enhanced by top-­down commands and writs as these inevitably become out of date and do not keep up with the pace of both the business and the threats. Individuals should be encouraged to show creativity with problems and to take risks (within policy) to keep track with evolving technology.

5. Policy should be simple

Governing such a fast changing landscape can be a struggle and with mobile technology being such a diverse and organic field, the group was in no doubt that complex strategies are out. What is needed is clear, precise and simple policy to establish standard guidelines that work from the ground up, can be adaptive to change and provide adequate measures to deliver a robust and secure enterprise mobility solution.

WhatsApp: Proved To Be Secure Enough

What’s WhatsApp?

It’s been put to the test and WhatsApp proved to be secure enough. We are the generation of “smart” device users and as smart users, we want things to work securely, whether we texting, talking, sending photographs or video chatting.

The WhatsApp Messenger is a messaging app that allows people to exchange views, opinions, gossip and hot topics around the world without having to pay high cost telephone bill or for SMS. What’s more is that you can define a group and send those people your best selfies or cute shots of the new puppy along with audio messages.

Sign into WhatsApp Online

If you are like most people, it’s highly possible that your phone is within reach at all times. People spend a lot of time online checking for emails, specific alerts and even the latest social status updates. WhatsApp is applicable with Android, Nokia, Windows Phone, iPhone and Blackberry. In addition to being mobile, there is a WhatsApp desktop version.

Maybe you are one of the billions who link up with a social media site that lets you chat within your circle of friends privately. Platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, FaceTime and Skype allow its users to chit chat from anywhere in the world free of charge. These applications are mobile friendly so you will never miss the chance to include your loved ones in on those silly once-­in-­a-­lifetime moments. All you have to do is sign into WhatsApp online and you can laugh as hard and as long as you want to.

WhatsApp for Smartphone

These applications are all great however, some people find that WhatsApp has more to offer than others in its class. You can get a WhatsApp free download and touch base with your family, old and new friends. Of course, for the Apple users, there is a WhatsApp messenger free download for iPhone and WhatsApp for iPad, but that’s not the best thing about the WhatsApp application.

You should always install the latest update to the WhatsApp if you are using the program. Never miss the opportunity to stay on top of security and bug fixes. This will ensure that your software is functioning at its best. The end-­to-end encryption is only available to those who have upgraded their program.

WhatsApp Security

One characteristic is really impressive of the WhatsApp security and that is once a message has been delivered and read, it is never kept. WhatsApp will never spy on you. Your conversations are your business. WhatsApp will never allow a third party to intrude on your privacy either. That’s the power of WhatsApp.

Let’s face it. Many intimate moments happen online and that’s one of the reasons why WhatsApp incorporated the end-­to­-end encryption. Only you and the person on the other side can read the content of your messages, not even the staff at WhatsApp.

To view the content, a person would need to recover a specific key and that occurs automatically. These WhatsApp features add to the security of the application. Not every messaging application extends this courtesy. Nope, they are not all alike. Some feel that some are better than the rest. Let’s look at these brief comparisons.

WhatsApp Review and Comparison

WhatsApp is compatible with the Nokia, Android, iPhone and Blackberry giving you more choices of who you can chat with unlike Facebook Messenger. With Facebook Messenger, only those who have a Facebook account can talk to each other. With WhatsApp, users can converse in a group or send MMS (videos, pics, share contacts).

Skype is great for those who use it and want to spend money. You can only Skype with others who have the Skype application. However, you can do what they call Skypeout, in which communicating is not free. Still, it’s mobile friendly and can be used on the PC. As a Skyper, you have the option of choosing your contacts or who you accept messages from. The WhatsApp doesn’t have this attribute.

FaceTime is exclusively for Apple wireless users and is for video communication only. The one drawback to FaceTime is that it’s not usable in 3g.

Snapchat is much like WhatsApp in that it doesn’t store messages either unless you choose to keep them. Studies are showing that plenty of people prefer Snapchat due to its ability to do everything – send and receive videos, chat and post instant and twisted selfies.

Well, there you have it in a nutshell. Now that you know WhatsApp proved to be secure enough, what app will you choose? Comment below and tell us your favorite mode of texting or sending precious moments.