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afwriter
afwriter
3/25/2016 10:46:06 PM
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The concern with security
I am a huge proponent of IoT and am currently outfitting my house with a number of devices.  While I try to tell myself that IoT devices are often safer than their traditional counterparts (locks and smoke alarms for example) the idea that some one could "hack" my lock instead of pick it, or tap into my drop cam is always looming somewhere in the back of my mind.

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batye
batye
3/25/2016 11:54:44 PM
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Re: The concern with security
@afwriter  interesting to know, thanks for sharing - keep us posted how it worked out for you...

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linkedin10023
linkedin10023
3/26/2016 1:23:45 PM
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Re: The concern with security
It's interesting, isn't it, seeing as how physically picking a lock is (depending on your choice of scenario) the same as logically hacking/cracking it.  I do agree, though, that these devices do expand the degrees to which we expose ourselves, in that instead of having to physically be at your front door to pentest the lock an intruder can be anywhere with internet access.  While I take precautions and accept the relative risks (I'm a boring person), it doesn't negate the fact that "pretty-normal" kids these days are learning to pwn these devices!

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/26/2016 2:48:12 PM
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Re: The concern with security
@afwriter:

There is a constant debate going on whether what we do using our smart devices or leading towards making our homes smarter is secure enough besides getting to be smart enough. Even here in our Telco forums there has been so much discussion going on from time to time.

But this i ntiative from Verizon appears to be very interesting and promising. The key fact that drew my attention is their talk about their security credentialing covreing all irrespective of what network. We just need to wait and see how this all comes along.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/26/2016 2:51:05 PM
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Re: The concern with security
@afwriter:

Forgot to mention in my earlier post. It's very interesting to know about your smart initiative for your home.I will be really interested to know how all that comes out for you. Appreciate if you can share later.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/26/2016 2:55:41 PM
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Any Service Provider
IoT Security Credentialing, which will be available on ThingSpace in May, adds an "over-the-top (OTT) layer of security to aid developers in protecting devices and applications regardless of the service provider or type of transport -- cellular, WiFi, wireline, etc. -- that's being used." 

This is really interesting to know. Hopefully Verizon's extra layer of credentialing will play good role in terms of making security more manageable and less woryysome.

This OTT aiding developers regardless of SP is a cool thing.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/26/2016 3:09:53 PM
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Very Informative Interview
@Mike: Really interesting and insightful interview about Verizon's security intiatiive. Thanks for sharing.

He clearly outlined about the basic core elements like Cloud infrastructure, Network and device. He explained how security credentialing applies to the device by applying certificate authentication process. Block chain technology as he explained as adiitional layer is very appealing. And lastly as he explained about Fiber build makes super sense thinking about exponential increase of data needs at present and so dta analytics.

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faryl
faryl
3/26/2016 6:42:34 PM
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Re: The concern with security
I couldn't agree more. As much as I love the different solutions IoT offers, I'm still reticent to jump on board because of the potential security exploits. On one hand, as I think someone else mentioned in the comments, physical locks can be picked too; I think my chief concerns are more around privacy. Anything connected to a camera/video gives me pause, because I don't like the idea of someone else being able to use it to watch me or see inside my home. And the more components of our lives we integrate technology into, the more robust a picture our data can reflect our daily activities and actions. It's good to see Verizon is taking intiative to address this - hopefully it reflects the beginning of a trend towards creating more security tools as IoT emmerges.

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faryl
faryl
3/26/2016 6:47:38 PM
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Re: The concern with security
The security credentialing piece jumped out at me as well. Ideally there will be transparency for consumers to see what the criteria are for obtaining the credentials, to help get a comfort level around how strong the security is for cerified products.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
3/27/2016 6:20:42 PM
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Re: The concern with security
> "While I try to tell myself that IoT devices are often safer than their traditional counterparts (locks and smoke alarms for example)"

In what way are they safer?  I don't see it.  Locks are pickable regardless.  The only difference is maybe you get an alert -- unless, of course, the burglars destroy the mechanism that does that (much the same way alarm system wires get cut or tampered with).  And I'm similarly baffled about the claim regarding smoke alarms.

Can you tell me what I am missing?

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