CES 2017: The top 5 trends in security tech
As CES 2017 closes its doors for another year, let s take a look at some of the trends apparent on the show floor this time around.
1. Is the IoT industry finally taking cyber vulnerabilities seriously? The sharks have smelled the blood in the water and they re now circling to use your IoT device for further attacks, James Lyne, global head of security research for Sophos, told CNBC.
Chances are right now if you re buying an Internet of Things device, you re more likely to be buying something insecure, than secure, continued Lyne, who has demonstrated on YouTube how to hack a security camera. Ominous words indeed. With the number of IoT devices projected to grow from 12 billion to about 30 billion by 2020, the vectors of cyber attack are multiplying faster than cyber security professionals (of whom there are all too few) can keep up with. Security is little more than an afterthought on too many devices, with criminals able to guess default usernames and passwords by trawling Google. If this year s CES was anything to go by, the industry may belatedly be waking up to the threat. The consequences of a hacked autonomous car are particularly terrifying. Enter Bosch, which has launched a mixture of keyless entry and digital key sharing. Perfectly Keyless, whereby the owner opens or locks the car doors with their smartphone, purports to removes needless complexity that could be exploited by hackers and coordinate transmission and receipt of data through a central gateway on its own servers. As for the smart home, Symantec Norton unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world.
If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. Core will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. Securifi, meanwhile, launched a mobile app that works with the new Almond 3 router that shows what IoT devices are on a home network and highlights vulnerabilities like easy to guess passwords or open ports. The app will take users through the steps to fix security weaknesses. The next-generation of Bitdefender BOX was unveiled. Bitdefender s IoT security hardware protects against malware, hackers, ransomware, phishing and other online threats with data anonymization, malware scanning, machine-learning algorithms and network intrusion prevention technology. Fortress Cyber Security launched Fortress UTM, a residential unified threat management (UTM) appliance. Securing both computers and internet of things (IoT) systems, it s the first solution of its type, providing intrusion detection and prevention, firewall and anti-virus for all Wi-Fi and IoT/Ethernet attached systems, seeks to combat the growing threat of data theft, ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the commandeering of corporate IT resource to distribute stolen content or host and distribute sexually explicit material.
2. Developers will literally put a chip in anything When microwave ovens became popular in the 1980s many people got so excited they cooked literally anything and everything in them from bacon to whole chickens (no doubt many people still do) and were egged on by ostensibly authoritative cookbooks dedicated to the art of microwave cooking. The still fairly novel concept of connecting everyday objects to the internet has set loose a comparable mania for applying the IoT concept as widely as possible.
From homeware to clothing and personal accessories, no thing is too humdrum that someone hasn t already put a computer chip in it or eventually will. For every transformative invention there are countless downright daft ones it s very much about throwing the proverbial mud against the proverbial wall at this juncture. Twenty years from now we ll look back and marvel at a handful of technologies that had a profound impact on reducing drudgery and enhancing our leisure times. And then we ll consider the smart hairbrush (something the satirical account @theinternetofshit has already railed against). Or the smart suitcase cover. It will be fascinating to see which ones sink without a trace (later to re-emerge on what were they thinking? type TV programmes), which ones sell well and which ones have a meaningful impact on society. And it probably isn t as obvious which ones fall into which category as you might think.
3. Cameras are king just as in the commercial security world Walk around any major security trade show and CCTV cameras still dominate.
The emergence of video analytics and ever higher resolutions have sustained interest in cameras long after countries like the UK reached saturation point with network camera coverage. Now surveillance cameras have been repackaged for the consumer market they re eclipsing other security technologies in terms of media coverage and number of products launched there too. Trawl Google, Twitter and other platforms for CES 2017 related security tech and cameras and you ll see what I mean.
4. Camera-light combos If cameras are king then one type of camera in particular has been particularly apparent this year: the surveillance camera-cum-lamp or floodlight. Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson is unveil;ed a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded at CES 2017. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. Ring also launched an outdoor floodlight camera. A motion-activated security camera the Floodlight Cam features built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio and infrared night vision. The camera, which is hardwired and can be installed without professional help, is controlled via Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The camera also incorporates a siren, which the householder can turn on to deter suspicious persons. Users can also yell out would-be intruders through the Floodlight Cam s loudspeaker.
The camera is weatherproof and can cope with temperatures between -5 F (-20 C) and 120 F (48 C).
5. DIY install For installers home automation meant installing high spec systems for very affluent customers or technophiles who could stretch to the high cost. The falling cost of the technology means this is changing, but just as a new opportunity presents itself, another threat becomes apparent. Most kit can be installed by the user and doing so is only becoming easier. So why shell out for professional installers or pay monthly fees for round the clock monitoring? Thankfully, as far as installers are concerned, mostcustomers still prefer a professional service to one they set up and monitor by themselves, surveys have indicated. Among the reasons this is still the case is lower insurance rates.
To stay relevant installers should allow homeowners more freedom to customize systems with the devices and services they really want, else they lose more customers to the DIY market, according to Bryn Huntpalmer.
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