SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- As a late, summer fog rolled into the San Francisco Financial District, dozens of IoT professionals gathered at Neustar's downtown office for an engaging dialog on IoT security.  The panel was the first in a series of events hosted in conjunction with the Women in IoT Meetup. Attendees enjoyed pizza and refreshments while networking with peers in marketing, security, development and education.

Moderator Callie Holderman kicked off the panel with an introduction to Neustar and its IoT goals. In an era where there are millions of new, connected devices emerging onto the ecosystem daily, security becomes an increasingly important issue1.  Connected devices are evolving cyber security from a space of identity attacks to data attacks. When machines are automating decisions, sending in false data can lead to disastrous consequences.  Panelists Ryan Medlin, J. Ian Lindsay and Josh Treadwell discussed these security implications, plus the frameworks and standards we can adopt to prevent them. All are senior engineers on Neustar's IoT team.

Especially important was the emphasis on standardizing IoT. Without standards, ecosystems need gateways to communicate between devices. Each additional gateway is another attack surface for potential security hacks.  As the IoT industry continues to evolve, collaborating openly and adopting standards will strengthen the industry as a whole.

Please join Neustar for the next IoT Meetup, An Evening with Kai Kreuzer, founder of openHAB, on 22 September 2016.

 

1 "Gartner Says 6.4 Billion Connected "Things" Will Be in Use in 2016, Up 30 Percent From 2015." Gartner, 19 Sept. 2016, http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3165317.