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December 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 10

Secure all the (Internet of) Things

We are on the brink of a disruption of the Internet as we know it. This next evolution of the Internet combines smart devices, cloud and big data analytics that will change our lives forever. Okay, maybe that's just the hype talking, but we are starting to see a number of innovative products that are providing more knowledge and convenience in our everyday lives. Many of you have probably heard of the new era as the "Internet of Things," "Internet of Everything" or the less glamorous "cyber physical systems." The concept is that "things" can be connected, monitored and managed via small efficient processors to provide beneficial data and interaction with the physical world. The Internet of Things is essentially a gateway between the digital world and the physical world. Some examples include smart thermostats, vehicles, smart meters, health and activity monitors and implantable medical devices. The devices interact using a variety of methods including RFID, Bluetooth, WI-Fi, Z-Wave and ZigBee. Both startups and large, ...

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