Tag Archives: Internet of Things

The Why and Wherefore of Cybersecurity Risk

– There is a song in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” light opera that begins “Never mind the why or wherefore.” Perhaps that has been a problem all along with cybersecurity risk management. We discuss ad nauseum the how, what, when and where of cyberattacks, but seldom do we really…

IoTR, IoTA, Cybersecurity and Safety

– John Markoff wrote a column “Shhh! That Helpful Robot May Pose a Security Risk” on page B6 of the March 2, 2017 New York Times, in which he warned that the security firm, IOActive, had uncovered “[s]ignificant security flaws … in an examination of six home and industrial robots,”…

Is Risk Avoidance the Key?

– My answer to this question is a resounding “yes.” But I don’t think that is the general view of cybersecurity professionals. After all, if business, government and other organizations pursued such a course, what would remain for cybersecurity folks to do? If you avoid the risk, then you…

Software Security Recall for Jeeps

– Author’s Note: This is a follow-up to my July 27, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer ‘Dismayed.’” Fiat Chrysler’s recall of vehicles for security-related, versus safety-related, vulnerabilities is a very big deal and may pave the way for an entirely new approach to…

Privacy-Changing Technologies

– Year-end was a time for reflection and prediction in the technology arena. In the Personal Journal section of the December 31, 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal, Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern anticipated which will be the game-changing personal technologies of the upcoming year in their…