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As the march to connect each and every noun on this planet continues with a blistering pace, the various ways, contraptions and sensors used to collect data is greatly expanding. What once was a (relatively) small collection of fitness trackers, smartwatches, thermostats, automobiles and surveillance cameras has grown into a an industry where shirts, shoes, sleeping bags and even liquor bottles want to gather your info. And most of these devices monitor silently without you even knowing. According to Ryan Matthew Pierson over at Readwrite.com, ‘The strength of IoT is in its ability to be invisible to the user.’ In addition, the mad dash to simply insert a chip, beacon and software into everyday objects is slowly graduating to era where user experience, privacy and security are becoming critically important for mass adoption. In 2014 Gartner released a report saying... (more)

The Dangerous Game of DNS By @PSilvas | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup, loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. And because of that, DNS is a precious target and only lags behind http as the most targeted protocol. DDoS-ing DNS is an effective way to make the service unavailable. As the flood of malicious DNS requests hit the infrastructure... (more)

You Never Know When… By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

An old article gets new life. #TBT Back in 2012 I wrote an article titled Bait Phone. It was about cops dropping mobile phones with a tracking device and following the stealing culprit for an arrest. Like Bait Car but with a smartphone. Over the weekend, I noticed that the article was blowing up but couldn’t figure out why: I even tweeted out on Monday: At the time, I didn’t realize something else was at play. Then I decided to do a twitter search: And found that a video with the same name as my blog post was trending: Bait Phone 2 – basically a stun gun with a remote. Over 2.... (more)

Would You Put Corporate Applications in the Cloud? By @PSilvas | @CloudExpo #Cloud

There once was a time when organizations wouldn’t consider deploying critical applications in the cloud. It was too much of a business risk from both an access and an attack perspective – and for good reason, since 28 percent of enterprises have experienced more security breaches in the public cloud than with on-premises applications. This is changing, however. Over the last few years, cloud computing has emerged as a serious option for delivering enterprise applications quickly, efficiently, and securely. Today almost 70 percent of organizations are using some cloud technology. ... (more)

Meet the Sensors By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Wearables

I often write about the Internet of Things, or the soon-to-be-cliché IoT. You know, the smart-fridges, smart-cars, smart-thermostats, healthcare devices, wearables and any of those connected devices that have a sensor, gathers data and reports back to some entity. You are able to control these devices (and see the data) with mobile apps or even your own voice and gestures. They are all the rage and sitting at the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle. But it’s all the various sensors inside those devices that are doing the actual measuring, calculating, tracking and reporting. Each has ... (more)