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For smart cities, investing in cyber defense means being able to support a cyber workforce capable of supporting their IoT initiatives. “We’ve seen many failures with widespread deployment of IoT devices, whether due to insecure authentication methods, static passwords, or a lack of centralized and automated patch distribution. As city governments look to the future, they need to consider how they’ll attract a workforce capable of managing, securing, and monitoring millions of always-on devices,” said Kayne McGladrey, IEEE member and director of security and IT at Pensar Development. “This will be a hard sell for many cities, both due to the compensation requirements of the cybersecurity workforce and the perception that municipal jobs are rife with bureaucracy. Cities that succeed will have a vibrant and diverse workforce and realize the cost savings associated with the smart management of cities.”

“Consumers should use the ‘guest’ network of their home Wi-Fi routers as a dedicated network for IoT devices, so if one of those devices were compromised, the threat actor can’t easily pivot to more valuable data.” That’s the case for newer devices, he says. “For older, cheap, IP-based security cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs), the easiest way to secure them is to recycle them responsibly as there often are no security updates available.” The ability to update devices over their lifetime is essential to security, and should factor into buying decisions, he says.

"Patching is a reactive strategy, and there are a couple of challenges that have led us to the current situation. One of those challenges is that the market has rewarded companies that develop and produce products rapidly, and the market has shown a willingness to accept post-release patching as an acceptable trade-off. As a result, developers and architects are rewarded by their employers for producing code and architecture very quickly with less thought given to cybersecurity.

"The other significant challenge is that the cybersecurity community is generally homogenous. We have a diversity problem when just 11% of women work in cybersecurity. This lack of diversity in backgrounds and life experiences has influenced the analytic methodologies that are used to evaluate potential security issues with products. This lack of diversity of thought has led to the unfortunate set of expectations that breaches are inevitable, and this situation will continue until the cybersecurity industry does a better job of including diverse voices and opinions in the global conversation about security."

Kayne McGladrey (@kaynemcgladrey), director of information security services at Integral Partners, notes that, for several years, we’ve been hearing predictions about millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices with poor security joining networks and providing an easy attack vector for third parties.

“Printers are a culturally trusted technology because they’re perceived as not being new,” he says. “However, this doesn’t mean that modern organizations should not consider printers separately from a comprehensive strategy for the IoT.”

Smart Office Controls

Forget light switches and thermostat buttons in the office. IoT sensors can control when lights go on and off, as well as heating and cooling in the office. Lights can go on and off based on your location.