IoT business justifications (+ a scary anecdote)

By | February 16th, 2017|Blog|

The Internet of Things (IoT) has never been short on hype or fear, but as real applications and deployments begin to factor into tactical business plans, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) is required. Starting with costs, consider current environmental costs and implementation costs. The current environment includes what you are [...]

Gartner strategic predictions for 2017+

By | October 19th, 2016|Blog|

If you believe the self fact-check, the annual Gartner strategic predictions are right 78% of the time. This might make the three-to-five year tech outlook worth paying attention. Here is a look at a few of the 10 predictions. Through 2019, every $1 that enterprises invest in innovation will require an additional $7 in core execution. [...]

Jeep hackers release IoT security survey

By | June 13th, 2016|Blog|

Remember those guys a while back that demonstrated how they could hack a Jeep Cherokee, stealing control ranging from the mischievous (changing the radio volume) to the potentially deadly (killing the engine on the highway)? They are back in the news with the release of a survey of security professionals on IoT security perceptions. IOActive, the [...]

IoT automation requires a smarter network

By | March 14th, 2016|Blog|

An article in NetworkWorld earlier this month on three fixes needed to get the network ready for the IoT revolution missed a fourth critical component: IoT automation. Cisco says today that there might be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, which some are beginning to say might be low, especially once you [...]

Ready to add 60+ devices/second to the Internet-of-Things?

By | December 11th, 2015|Blog|

So what does a 30% increase in Internet-connected devices in one year look like? Try 5.5 million new devices added every day. Gartner says the one of the big winners in this expanding market will be Internet-of-Things services like design, installation and operating contacts. Consumers will deploy most IoT devices, but businesses will account for [...]

Cybersecurity threats in 2016

By | December 7th, 2015|Blog|

December is a great time to look back on the year and look forward to what to expect in the new year. The McAfee Labs security team released their annual report about the cybersecurity threats to expect in the next five years. Unfortunately the news is that if you thought ransomware, data breaches and hacked Jeeps were [...]

FBI publishes examples of IoT risks

By | October 15th, 2015|Blog|

Tick-tock, tick-tock... with every passing day we're getting closer to those 50 billion devices that Cisco estimates will be connected to the Internet by 2020. In anticipation, security conversations around the Internet of Things (IoT) are heating up. At the September Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit,analysts said that companies need to consider a holistic [...]

What does it mean to have an IoT-ready network?

By | September 9th, 2015|Blog|

You know the hype: Cisco says that there will be 50 billion devices and objects connected to the Internet by 2020. That's less than five years away. What does that mean for your network? What should you be doing today to have a network ready for tomorrow? As Internet of Things (IoT) technologies begin to [...]

Breach report blames the usual suspects

By | April 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The annual Verizon data breach investigations report came out this week with findings that show that the biggest threats are not new or unknown, but the same vulnerabilities that have plagued IT for years. It's been said that the only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution. Maybe not [...]

Short security memory dooming IoT?

By | February 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|

HP released a report expressing fears that the IT industry has a nasty habit of forgetting what they've learned security-wise each time it tackles the next big tech challenge. With the increasing excitement about the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), hidden dangers are lurking. Daniel Miessler, the head of the research team at [...]