2017 will forever be known as the year that the smart home started to take off. Researchers estimate that Amazon has sold over 15 million Echo devices to date. Plus, Google has sold another 5 million Google Homes. The overall smart home market is expected to grow to over $50 billion by 2022. Already 1 in 4 U.S. households has some kind of smart device in their home. With all the smart thermostats, smart fridges, smart light bulbs, smart doors and windows, personal assistants, and smart home surveillance, internet-connected home devices are rapidly stacking up in U.S. households. These devices are adding convenience and efficiency, but are they safe?
Internet of Things (IoT) devices continue to become more and more prevalent in our daily lives. Alexa gives us the daily news, smart agricultural sensors help farmers optimize yield, and connected sensors can monitor your pet’s movement and sleeping patterns. All told, IoT is expected to become a $500 billion market by 2022, r the same size as the overall economy of Sweden, 23rd largest in the world.
Earlier this year, Radware published “From the Front Lines- How a Multinational Bank Handled a Ransom Threat and SSL-based Attack” – a very timely piece describing the risks that large banking institutions face in the current security climate.
The Cyber Theft Threat in Healthcare and how Service Providers can Transform Risk to Reward
You went to the hospital to get your appendix out and one week later your identity was taken from you as well. How did this happen? In their 2017 Data Breach survey, Verizon found that ransomware has jumped up from the 22nd most common type of malware in 2014 to the 5th most common. The report also discovered that 72% of all healthcare attacks in 2016 were ransomware and the only industry targeted more than health care is financial services.
The question isn’t big or small business. It’s valuable or not valuable data.
Just as cloud computing means different things to different people, so does the term Service Provider (SP). For the purpose of this blog, I include Cloud Service Providers (CSP), Hosting providers (colocation and managed) as well as Telcos in the SP category.
Big. Small. Public. Private. Government. Retail. B2B. Non-profit.
Hackers don’t care about the size or purpose of the organizations they attack. They’re bombarding networks all over the globe with sophisticated multi-vector DDoS attacks, looking to grab any data from which they can profit.
For Service Providers, Universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE) is getting more interesting every day. IHS Market analyst, Michael Howard, said in a recent SDxCentral article that “the uCPE [universal customer premises equipment] phenomenon is an almost perfect storm of five trends, whether it is white box, grey box, or more proprietary. This new uCPE market is resulting from enterprise demand that virtualized security functions reside physically inside the walls of enterprise locations.” The trends that Howard cites are:
How to Provide State of the Art Protection against Real World Threats
We live in a world where increasing numbers of complex cyber breach tools are available on the Darknet. But what is the Darknet and how do we protect against it? The Darknet is an anonymous and obfuscated section of the internet where criminals can exchange information, tools and money to carry out attacks with little or no traceability. The Darknet provides a service marketplace where criminals can do many of the same things that law-abiding citizens do every day. Criminals search the internet (anonymously). They exchange emails with other criminals and prospective customers, they read news on the latest opensource tools available to perform effective attacks. They even have an online marketplace where cyber-attack services can be ordered and placed into your online shopping cart. In fact, a Darknet marketplace recently advertised $7,500 to rent the now notorious Mirai botnet – the same botnet used to generate a several hundred gigabit multi-vector attack that took down the services of Amazon, BBC, HBO, Netflix, PayPal, Spotify, and many others in October 2016.
Four Days. Four days is what is takes for 108,000 technologists to gather in the enchanting city of Barcelona to tell the world what they can expect to experience in the future of mobile communications. Four days is also about the number of days it takes to recover from sleep deprivation, work backlog, and the general buzz that one experiences by being part of the spectacle as grand and electrifying as Mobile World Congress.
The nice part about reflecting on MWC 2017 is that it is very easy to select a handful of themes that permeated throughout all the exhibition halls, keynotes, and hallway chatter. For me, this is the list: IoT, 5G, Virtualization, and Artificial Intelligence.