The market research firm IDC predicts that the number of Internet-connected endpoints will almost triple: surging from 10.3 billion in 2014 to 29.5 billion by the end of this decade.
Many of those new endpoints will be non- traditional computing devices equipped with inexpensive, remote sensors, managed from the cloud and powered by transformative data analytics. The changes wrought by this fast-emerging new computing environment are profound. But recent events prove that, in the rush to develop new Internet of Things products and services, security is falling by the wayside. In the last year, in-car wireless networking has enabled remote software-based takeovers of vehicles. Poorly secured, Internet-accessible home monitoring systems have given strangers a view into nurseries. The electrical grid in the Ukraine was the target of a cyber attack that darkened 80,000 homes.
Are these growing pains? Or are they the first rumblings of a storm of attacks that undermines our confidence in new technologies? In its third year, The Security of Things™ Forum (SECoT 2016) is a high-impact day of learning, discussion and debate focused on the pre- eminent challenge of our time: securing the Internet of Things.