We have all heard a great deal, for some time now, about the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. To my simple mind IoT means machines talking to one another.
I Googled it and apparently the phrase was first coined by a Brit called Kevin Ashton in 1999. He is a tech entrepreneur who designs remote sensors and came up with the term to distinguish between data which is created by humans and then entered into computers, as opposed to computers collecting and swapping data without any need for our involvement. In the intervening years, IoT has rapidly taken shape with gadgets from phones to fridges and integrated itself into our daily lives.
For all the talk of foreign states hacking various organisations, criminal gangs seeking to monetise information and hacktivist groups, the truth is that most security incidents are caused by organisations’ own staff and normally they are trying to do something good for their employer. It is not malicious, it is just misguided and often is in line with company practice, culture or policy. Generally these incidents are small or near misses, but there are enough big ones to cause concern. Continue reading