As it turns out, 2016 was even worse than the popular public opinion, with cyber-attacks on major companies practically every day. It was a yearlong Christmas for cyber criminals. Some were politically motivated, most did it for money and a few special snowflakes just did it for the giggles. From Silicon Valley giants to top governmental organisations, everyone was affected as over a billions records were compromised. Here are a few (of the many, many) hacks from last year’s cyber-shitstorm:
Building upon the huge success that was last year’s edition, Everything IoT Summit 2016 is back, and it’s bigger. Keynotes, panels on Cyber Security in IoT, 11 early stage IoT startup pitches (Ocean's 11), a Hackathon (with 2 brilliant ideas in IoT), philanthropic activities and tons of enthusiasm from organisers made the event special for all IoT enthusiasts and participants. Over 500 representatives from the industry, government, universities, investors and entrepreneurial community participated in the event. Eitan Bienstock, founder of of Everything IoT supported by Stuart Waite, Mark Pesce and Ian Gardiner, put massive efforts to bring IoT innovation to Sydney are worth mentioning. Everything IoT was supported by KPMG, BlueChilli, Commonwealth Bank, Microsoft, AWS, Telstra among other partners.
1. Security vs Convenience
We as human beings always try to balance between convenience and security. A soldier with heavy body armour would be slow on a battlefield but invulnerable to most attacks. Bare minimum armour would give more mobility but might tear apart at the slightest hit of shrapnel. More convenience leads to lesser security. The first and foremost principle IoT developers should follow is to not compromise on security for the sake of convenience.