Were your personal data is safe on the internet?

We reached the technological era when milk coolers can order directly to the grocery store, our car can let us know that we are about to pass by the Thai restaurant that our friends are talking on Facebook, or our insulin pump can feed data directly to the doctor. This is what we call the Internet of Things (IoT) and youIt is here, but there is a downside: security.

Edward Snowden, massive violations of credit cards and Chinese hackers have made Internet security a constant concern throughout the world, but as the issue of security is present in all the media, is not present in our gadgets and in our technology.

Technology is everywhere in our lives. Your smart watch now contains important medical information. What happens to the data as they are transmitted through your phone? Can we trust that they be stored in a safe place in the cloud? What about the ability to open your vehicle from your phone, or even turn-a hacker could hijack our trayecto-? Today we firmly believe in the security of many of these innovative technologies.

Unless safety integrate these technologies, we are exposed to great risks, and technology whose promise was to change our lives for the better could result in harmful.

If security is incorporated seamlessly into every smartphone, auto, thermostat, wireless printer, etc., which is connected to the Internet, we would not have to talk or even think about the risk of these new devices, because security just be there .We would not have to worry about what might happen when we take a picture of a check with your phone or downloaded a movie in our tablet or TV.

If security is implemented correctly, the potential for technological innovation does not have limits. There are already some tools to help this problem, but ensure a refrigerator or a smart home is very different from securing a laptop.

Messages in the fridge that target the supermarket or Facebook your car can go through an army of security technologies that have been built in the cloud-a compromise between the device and the service that is comunicando-. The cloud security can guarantee, for example, that the music file being downloaded into your car does not contain viruses, could also verify the identity of your phone when you’re talking to your thermostat.

This is a completely different model of doing internet security. In the days of laptops and desktops, most of us install antivirus software to monitor and protect.In the internet of things, a thermostat, a timer or an insulin pump do not have the processing power or battery life to handle constant vigilance.

There is another problem as well: the techniques we use for security in corporate networks were not designed for devices that move from one place to another.

In the past we have built the equivalent of high fences around the company network and then analyze the traffic coming through the door. In the internet of things, the elements are often in motion. A car, for example, could be on the network of a telecommunications provider in Germany, but what happens when you cross to France on a road trip? We need a safety capsule traveling with us through the cloud. The “things” that are moving may be more diverse than you think.

Otherwise innovative use rhinos in South Africa are implanted with chips that take into account its location, telemetry and health conditions, and may indicate an unmanned aircraft (drone) to come in and help if they are being harassed by poachers. All these use cases bring risk of tampering Just imagine poachers hackers intervening in the system to track the rhinoceros, but when there is real security, these technologies are transforming.

Remember Times Square in New York City 40 years ago was a paradise of prostitution, crime and drugs. If you had at that time family you had ever considered bringing this site after dark. This contrasts with the image of Times Square today: a tourist and colorful area of ​​shops, restaurants and a must for anyone visiting the city. Now the most prestigious brands of the world pay a fortune to have his name on posters around this site and to be associated with the feeling that exists there. What changed and transformed the Times Square than it was to what it is today? Basically it is the main base of security: tougher policies including increased police presence and zero tolerance for crime. With these security measures in the environment, tourists in Times Square now feel free and confident to walk, almost oblivious to the defenses that protect the environment.

It is that feeling, that security that needs to be built into the very structure of the internet of things. IT security must be integrated into our technology in the same way it has been integrated into Times Square. You need to be more simple and unobtrusive without intruding on our privacy, our ability to innovate, or our way of life. If we can make security technology is integrated in the most natural way all objects, we might even feel confident enough to stop talking about security and start living up to the potential of the internet of things has to offer.

Noor Qureshi

Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Network Security and Information Security.

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