Networking IoT devices overview

By | March 22nd, 2018|Blog|

Deciding how to network IoT devices has about as many options as there are IoT applications. A recent NetworkWorld article had a good survey of variables that network architects need to pay attention to when it comes to connecting the IoT. Like any network, initial considerations center around the use case of what's connected [...]

Fog computing expands critical remote infrastructure

By | January 18th, 2018|Blog|

Several years ago one of the morning talks at CiscoLive was on fog computing. At the time the hype for cloud computing was well entrenched, so fog computing seemed to bring things back to earth with a more realistic promise of local processing of the massive amount of data expected from the ever-increasing billions [...]

Cisco: 75% of IoT initiatives not successful

By | May 24th, 2017|Blog|

In a study out from Cisco this week, one of the key vendors in IoT, says that only 26 percent of companies in their survey feel that they have been successful with their IoT initiatives. The danger zone for most IoT initiatives is the proof of concept (POC) stage, where 60 percent stall. The complexity of moving from [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]