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IoT Security: The Gathering Storm

Andrew Martin ( University of Oxford )

The Internet of Things has begun to touch the lives of many already, and we are reaping benefits in convenience and economic value.  Much has been invested in IoT security - and yet examples of insecure IoT devices and configurations are reported almost daily.  Relatively few of these reports have come from tangible examples of loss or disruption by malice so far.  Is this the calm before the storm?  Will the threats be contained, or will they overwhelm the IoT venture?  We will consider some of the possible future scenarios, and the possible professional responses to these.  It is clear that some profound improvement is needed: but is effort best focussed on engineering, design, law, regulation, consumer awareness, or all of these?  We will ask what can realistically be achieved, and whether that will be enough.

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