Network Security

Trust, privacy and security issues to grow with IoT, new report

A just released report examining emerging cyberthreats for 2016 found indications that the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to increasing challenges in trust, privacy and security across the globe.

The Georgia Institute of Technology report found that devices and sensors are increasingly finding their way into industry and consumers' lives. "Transportation, health systems, robotic. Everything is converted into the cyber domain, and that increases the number of entry points for attack," said A.P. Meliopoulos, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech.

While smartphones offer convenience and accessibility, their continual evolution at the same time diminishes the personal privacy of each consumer. Apps used on these devices that track user activities and habits also increase exposure, he said.

The trouble is manufacturers of these devices pay scant attention to security and privacy concerns owing to the fact that consumers are price-sensitive, said Bo Rotolini, co-director of the Institute for Information Security. 

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