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Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained, compared

By Keith Shaw

In the world of wireless, the term Wi-Fi is synonymous with wireless access, even though the term Wi-Fi itself (and the Wi-Fi Alliance) is a group dedicated to interoperability between different wireless LAN products and technologies.

The standards themselves are part of the 802.11 family of standards, courtesy of the IEEE. With terms such as “802.11b” (pronounced “Eight-O-Two-Eleven-Bee”, ignore the “dot”) and “802.11ac”, the alphabet soup of standards that began in the late 1990s continues to see improvements in throughput and range as we race to the future to get faster network access.

Along the way, improvements are being made by adopting new frequencies for wireless data delivery, as well as range improvements and reduced power consumption, to help support initiatives like “The Internet of Things” and virtual reality.

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New Report Outlines How Businesses Can Benefit from the Internet of…

Softtek Defines Three Keys to Driving Results with Internet of Things in latest white paper

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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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Detechtion Extends the First IIoT Edge Device in Oil and Gas to…

Detechtion Technologies, the global leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has successfully integrated its Enalysis™ software with…

(PRWeb November 17, 2017)

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Internet of Things: it’s time to safeguard our future

By Zenobia Hegde

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are set to revolutionise the way we live, work and play. Everyday items in the home will be connected in unprecedented ways and tasks traditionally carried out by humans will be replaced by automation and robotics. This promises to make the planet more sustainable, and the increasing population more manageable. The reality is that this ideal is being threatened every day.

Over the past five years, there’s been an exponential rise in data breaches and cyberattacks that costs upwards of £11 billion annually. The UK government released a report that confirmed nearly half of British firms have been impacted by a cyberattack in the past year and any organisation that holds consumer personal data is at an even greater risk. Despite increased investment in cybersecurity measures, the advent of IoT and AI introduces a new set of vulnerabilities, says Asaf Ashkenazi, VP, IoT Security Products at Rambus.

In recent months, malware such as Mirai, Brickerbot, and Hajime have emerged, targeting personal information on unsecured IoT devices and exploiting them for fraudulent transactions or identify theft. Smart home devices, new healthcare technology, and driverless cars are just some of the latest innovations being impacted by such vulnerabilities.

Recently a weakness was found in LG’s SmartThinQ, a home network solution that enables users to control home appliances with smartphones or voice-activated devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. If exposed, an attacker could take over the account of a legitimate user, gaining access and control of their home appliances. SmartThinQ has been built into multiple LG appliances and products. This significantly raises the security stakes in the home as devices with remote-monitor cameras, for example, could be used for surveillance in the home or workplace.

Similarly, Abbott’s pacemakers were recalled recently by the American FDA, as a vulnerability was detected in the software. If exposed, attackers could drain a pacemaker’s battery life, change settings and even alter the rhythm of the device. Over 400,000 users were urged to go to the hospital to receive the software update as a result.

These examples illustrate the tangible risks associated with releasing unsecured IoT services and devices. As digital innovation rapidly evolves, devices are becoming potential targets for cyber criminals with malicious intent. Service providers and OEMs must take this security seriously, however this goes hand-in-hand with the evolution of existing security solutions. Solutions must place an emphasis on minimal cost and time-to market impact, to ensure wide industry adoption.

With IoT spending set to hit $840million (€712.92 million) by 2020, it’s easy for organisations to be overwhelmed by where to start. The most effective IoT security strategy is one that does not negatively impact profitability or a device’s release time. Before deciding on an IoT security solution for any business, it’s important to understand the core elements that make up a quality service.

The following three features are an ideal place to start:

Prevention

Protect services, endpoints and information using cryptography, and standardise security protocols and best practices. Strong device authentication to ensure […]

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