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kq4ym
kq4ym
5/27/2016 2:29:55 PM
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Re: Disney and the IoT
Comparing the number of passwords possible and the number of unique fingerprints possible might be something to consider if the security might be possibly better, or at least using one or the other for a secondary factor, and then of course considering the capabilities of the particular IoT device's format, and it's processing capabilities.

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batye
batye
4/20/2016 7:12:27 PM
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Re: Disney and the IoT
@Joe  - interesting observation Joe and I would say you are right as human nature or the way our brain works make us do things the same way... like reusing same password over and over again...

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
4/20/2016 6:41:40 PM
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Re: Regulations
@mhh: And don't forget the lives that could be lost in the event of a catastrophic attack on an ICS!

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Joe Stanganelli
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4/20/2016 6:40:30 PM
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Re: Disney and the IoT
Assuming we set privacy concerns aside for the moment, biometrics are perfectly okay (and no more than "okay") as an *additional* factor...but as a sole factor they are terrible.

One of many reasons: Think of all the possible passwords you can use.

Now count the fingers you have on your hand.

Entropy, anyone?

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kq4ym
kq4ym
4/6/2016 10:32:15 AM
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Re: Disney and the IoT
It will surely be interesting to watch what become the "standard" for IoT security as devices and their connectivity mature and energy souces become smaller along with the devices themselves. Whether fingerprints will fly remains to be seen without the use of our crystal balls.

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Alison Diana
Alison Diana
4/6/2016 9:25:57 AM
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Re: Great article
When I spoke to Verizon about their IoT report, Mark Bartolomeo, vice president of IoT Connected Solutions at Verizon, stressed the importance of addressing IoT security at three levels: The device, the network, and the cloud. As you say, there's a risk of malware on the device but service providers are wrapping security in multiple layers (as they do in other environments). I doubt security concerns will halt or even slow IoT adoption but it's vital all participants are aware and address each component.

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mhhf1ve
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4/4/2016 3:34:17 PM
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Re: Great article
On the flip side, hopefully, embedded systems that don't have the processing power to handle encryption/updates/etc... are also not powerful enough to host much malware. 

Although, with Stuxnet as an example, it doesn't take much to destroy facilities -- just a few well-targeted (or maliciously-targeted) commands.

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dcawrey
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4/4/2016 3:18:33 PM
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Re: Great article
One of the reasons why I think we are seeing a cautious approach to IoT is some of these doomsday scenarios where machines could take over for people. No one wants that to happen, but in order to make sure it doesn't occur there needs to be a number of precautions. 

I'm glad that these possibilities are being explored. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/4/2016 2:59:09 PM
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Re: Disney and the IoT
I really hope fingerprint sensors aren't the default biometric security of the future. Everyone leaves fingerprints everywhere all the time, so it's not the most secure part of our bodies to use, really. 

It's convenient, for sure, but I'm hoping that someone figures out a different biometric solution -- if biometrics are going to be used at all. (And I'm not a fan of voiceprints or retinal scans, either...)

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/4/2016 2:55:19 PM
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Re: Regulations
Security on implanted medical devices is definitely a concern.. but even innocuous IoT devices could prove deadly, too. 

Nest home thermostats have been "accidentally" raising/lowering temperatures in homes -- and presumably, if it was cold or hot enough.. doing so might kill off an unsuspecting victim.

 

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