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This week in the world of technology, Uber exposes the data of hundreds of its drivers, Walmart increases competition amongst cloud computing services, and IoT requires risk management.
Internet of Things Security Issues Require a Rethink on Risk Management – Wall Street Journal, October 14
As the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly advances, smart devices will soon surround and connect people everywhere they go – at home, work, and on the road. However, the burning question remains – how will IoT devices and our person data be protected and secured? IT security organization, ISACA recently surveyed consumers and security professionals about IoT and the ability to control one’s privacy. The survey focused largely on risk – the risk of an individual or a company being hacked, but in particular, the risk connected devices now bring into the workplace. As more individuals purchase popular connected devices, such as fitness bands and smartwatches, these seemingly harmless devices could indeed put your company at risk if they link to databases or servers and share private information.
Key takeaway: IoT isn’t meant to scare you, in fact, it will forever change the way we connect with one another and has the potential to truly improve our lives – as long as we don’t overlook the risks this new technology brings. How do we do this? Risk management. While manufacturers must implement adequate security measures in its IoT devices, consumers, IT professionals, government and companies have a responsibility to uphold too.
UBER MISTAKENLY EXPOSED THE PERSONAL DATA OF HUNDREDS OF DRIVERS – Fast Company, October 14
Put the brake on. This week, Uber accidentally leaked private information of hundreds of its drivers, supposedly leaking social security numbers, certification forms, scans of drivers’ licenses, and other personal data. The leak was first reported by drivers using Partner, Uber’s new app for drivers. It was only until drivers logged into the Partner app, noticed hundreds of personal documents were leaked. According to Uber, about 647 drivers were affected and less than a thousand personal documents were exposed.
Key takeaway: Although the security team resolved the issue in 30 minutes, it could be 30 minutes too late. It is not known yet, whether the exposed data ended up in the wrong hands or was misused in any way. For drivers, however, this causes concern as this is not the first privacy issue Uber drivers have experienced. With the massive amount of data breaches these days, It seems that Uber needs to up its security standards. It can’t afford to mistakenly leak personal data of its drivers (or its customers).
Walmart wants to help unchain companies from their cloud – Fortune, October 14
Listen up cloud computing services, it looks like Walmart just increased the competition. This week, the retail mogul announced it will open source OneOps technology to prevent cloud lock-in – the idea that once your data is locked into one online data storage, it’s hard to move it to another. OneOps, a cloud technology Walmart acquired back in 2013, is designed to help companies move data from one cloud infrastructure to another with little difficulty. Additionally, the OneOps code makes it possible to “cloud shop” so companies can move data among different cloud services.
Key takeaway: This idea of “cloud shopping” allows for developers and companies to easily move workloads across different public clouds while also having the ability to shop around for better technologies and cost reductions. Walmart hopes companies will benefit from such flexibility and portability, rather than being “locked-in.” While this is an exciting new addition for Walmart, many are debating if this was a slight jab at its retail and cloud competitor, Amazon…
AWS IoT: Amazon’s Knock Out Punch To The Competition – Forbes, October 13
Amazon once again proves to be a powerhouse in the world of new technology. During its annual AWS re:Invent conference last week, the company introduced a new service, continuing its mission to win the next cloud war – IoT. Designed to be a managed cloud platform, AWS IoT will monitor and enable smooth communication between smart devices and cloud-driven applications, and then transferred to other connected devices. This new service will allow for IoT applications and IT teams to easily trace the line of communications between all of its devices, at any time, and in a secure manner.
Key takeaway: Only in its first version, experts are already giving the new service glowing reviews and predictions. So what exactly is making so many people giddy at this new IoT platform? Security for one (which we all know is a huge IoT concern), and the others include protocol choice, clear separation of concerns, things shadow, lambda integration (read in more detail here). Amazon continues to be a frontrunner in leading technology, but with so many companies fighting for a piece of IoT, it will be interesting to see who manages to stay on top.
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