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Launch of £5 million UK hardware security Institute at Queen’s University Belfast

By Zenobia Hegde

What:

A £5 million (€5.62 million) multi-university Research Institute to improve hardware security and reduce vulnerability to cyber threats will be launched at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Queen’s University.
Where:

Centre for Secure Information Technologies,
ECIT,

Queen’s University Belfast,
Northern Ireland Science Park,
Queen’s Road,
Queen’s Island,
Belfast,
BT3 9DT

When:

Wednesday 22 November
Key media opportunity 11am – 11.30am
Event runs from 9am – 3pm (full itinerary attached)

Media opportunities:

Media are welcome to attend the full event but there will be a key media opportunity between 11am – 11.30am.

From 11am – 11.10am there will be a photo opportunity and from 11.10am there will be media interviews with professor Máire O’Neill and Dr Mathias Wagner, chief security technologist, NXP.

Bids should be forwarded to Emma Gallagher in the Communications Office by Tuesday 21 November.

Attachments:

Event itinerary

Media inquiries to Emma Gallagher at Queen’s Communications Office on Tel: (028) 9097 5384 or email emma.gallagher@qub.ac.uk

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Gemalto survey confirms that consumers lack confidence in IoT device security

By Zenobia Hedge

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, has revealed that 90% of consumers lack confidence in the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This comes as more than two-thirds of consumers and almost 80% of organisations support governments getting involved in setting IoT security.

“It’s clear that both consumers and businesses have serious concerns around IoT security and little confidence that IoT service providers and device manufacturers will be able to protect IoT devices and more importantly the integrity of the data created, stored and transmitted by these devices,” said Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto.

“With legislation like GDPR showing that governments are beginning to recognise the threats and long-lasting damage cyber-attacks can have on everyday lives, they now need to step up when it comes to IoT security. Until there is confidence in IoT amongst businesses and consumers, it won’t see mainstream adoption.”

The current state of play in IoT security

Consumers’ main fear (cited by two thirds of respondents) is hackers taking control of their device. In fact, this was more of a concern than their data being leaked (60%) and hackers accessing their personal information (54%). Despite more than half (54%) of consumers owning an IoT device (on average two), just 14% believe that they are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the security of these devices, showing education is needed among both consumers and businesses.

Jason Hart

In terms of the level of investment in security, the survey found that IoT device manufacturers and service providers spend just 11% of their total IoT budget on securing their IoT devices. The study found that these companies do recognise the importance of protecting devices and the data they generate or transfer with 50% of companies adopting a security by design approach.

Two-thirds (67%) of organisations report encryption as their main method of securing IoT assets with 62% encrypting the data as soon as it reaches their IoT device, while 59% as it leaves the device. 92% of companies also see an increase in sales or product usage after implementing IoT security measures.

Support for IoT security regulations gains traction

According to the survey, businesses are in favour of regulations to make it clear who is responsible for securing IoT devices and data at each stage of its journey (61%) and the implications of non- compliance (55%). In fact, almost every organisation (96%) and consumer (90%) is looking for government enforced IoT security regulation.

Lack of end-to-end capabilities leading to partnerships

Encouragingly, businesses are realising that they need support in understanding IoT technology and are turning to partners to help, with cloud service providers (52%) and IoT service providers (50%) the favoured options. When asked why, the top reason was a lack of expertise and skills (47%), followed by help in facilitating and speeding up their IoT deployment (46%).

While these partnerships may be benefiting businesses in adopting IoT, organisations admitted they don’t have complete control over the data that IoT products or services collect as it moves from partner to partner, potentially leaving it unprotected.

“The lack of knowledge […]

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IoT set to fuel the next Green Revolution in the farming industry, finds Inmarsat

By Sheetal Kumbhar

With pressure on land and food resources set to increase, the Internet of Things (IoT) will play an increasingly important role in helping the agriculture sector become more efficient, productive and sustainable. This is according to new independent research commissioned by global mobile satellite company Inmarsat which found that spend on, and interest in, IoT is set to rocket over the next five years within agritech.

Market research specialist Vanson Bourne interviewed respondents from 100 large agritech companies across the globe for Inmarsat’s ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017′ report, and found that the sector is rapidly taking to IoT technologies. 62% had already fully or partially deployed IoT-based solutions, far outweighing the adoption levels seen in the mining, transport and energy sectors, and a further 27% had plans to do so within the next six months.

Moreover, the spend on IoT-based solutions is set to increase dramatically over the next few years. Today, about five per cent of agritech businesses’ IT budgets are spent on the technology; a figure that is expected to more than double to around 12% by 2022, indicating how important IoT will be for the sector going forward.

Commenting on the findings, Ayan Jobse-Alkemade, director of Sector Development Agriculture, Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “With the planet estimated to reach a population of 10 billion people by 2050, humanity will face challenges with sustainable water sources, food production, and the best use of land to get the maximum yield from crops. Additionally, using the most efficient method to deliver the resources will increasingly feature on the global agenda. In short, farmers, with the help of the agritech sector, need to get smarter, leaner and faster from field to fork.

Ayan Jobse-Alkemade

“The only way to really do this is with the clever application of new technologies like IoT, and our research demonstrates how quickly agritech businesses are embracing this technology. IoT will fuel a revolution in the farming sector and bring gains that completely eclipse those made in the first Green Revolution in the 1970s, continued Ayan Jobse-Alkemade”

Working with its partners, Inmarsat is at the forefront of this movement, delivering effective solutions for agritech businesses globally. By combining its heritage in critical connectivity with LoRaWAN technology and data analytics platforms that allow for the free-flow of data across organisations, Inmarsat are helping to ensure agritech businesses get ahead of the competition and meet the food production needs of tomorrow.

Many of the locations that would benefit most from IoT technologies are remote and are situated where terrestrial networks do not reach, or do not work well, all of the time. Inmarsat’s L-band network provides global satellite connectivity with up to 99.9% uptime, allowing IoT projects to thrive, even in the most remote and hostile environments.

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Industry 4.0 being driven by cloud, as 62% of firms are implementing or planning robotics, says Oracle

By Sheetal Kumbhar

The technologies defining the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, or Industry 4.0, are being powered by cloud infrastructures. The Oracle report, Cloud: Opening up the Road to Industry 4.0 has found that from robotics to artificial intelligence, businesses view the cloud as a blank canvas upon which to build their innovation strategies. The research investigated how companies […]

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Consumer awareness and preference of Bluetooth technology at ‘all-time high’ as IoT connectivity demand soars

By Sheetal Kumbhar

A recent survey conducted by Lux Insights, Inc. puts consumer awareness of Bluetooth wireless technology at 92% globally, with 62% of respondents reporting a purchasing preference for Bluetooth enabled products, noting Bluetooth is reliable, easy to use, and makes life easier. The proliferation and success of Bluetooth captured the imagination of the consumer, leading to […]

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