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Water-authority network upgrade spots problems faster

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The Albuquerque water authority says recent network upgrades give it greater visibility and control over its remote sites and makes for faster responses to leaks and other problems. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority manages more than 3,000 miles of water-supply pipeline covering more than 650,000 users. The authority manages 135 remote locations, which […]

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TCP/IP stack vulnerabilities threaten IoT devices

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A set of vulnerabilities in TCP/IP stacks used by FreeBSD and three popular real-time operating systems designed for the IoT was revealed this week by security vendor Forescout and JSOF Research. The nine vulnerabilities could potentially affect 100 million devices in the wild. Nucleus NET, IPNet and NetX are the other operating systems affected by […]

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IoT security tips and a cautionary tale

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You will have more connected devices than ever on your network in 2021, especially if you’re in healthcare, retail, or logistics, industries that are among the early adopters of the Internet of Things (IoT). You’ll have devices on your network edge, in your headquarters, on vehicles, in machinery, in your stores, in employees’ homes, and […]

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Are newer medical IoT devices less secure than old ones?

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Experts differ on whether older connected medical devices or newer ones are more to blame for making healthcare networks more vulnerable to cyberattack. The classic narrative of insecure IoT centers on the integration of older devices into the network. In some industries, those devices pre-date the internet, sometimes by a considerable length of time, so […]

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Ripple20 TCP/IP flaws can be patched but still threaten IoT devices

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A set of serious network security vulnerabilities collectively known as Ripple20 roiled the IoT landscape when they came to light last week, and the problems they pose for IoT-equipped businesses could be both dangerous and difficult to solve. Ripple20 was originally discovered by Israel-based security company JSOF in September 2019. It affects a lightweight, proprietary […]

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Microsoft is buying CyberX to bolster its Azure IoT security

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Microsoft has announced it will purchase the industrially focused network security vendor CyberX for an undisclosed sum in an effort to bolster the security capabilities of its Azure IoT platform. The acquisition strikes at the heart of two key IIoT security pain points. While it’s comparatively easy to build new IoT devices that have all […]

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Machine learning in Palo Alto firewalls adds new protection for IoT, containers

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Palo Alto Networks has released next-generation firewall (NGFW) software that integrates machine learning to help protect enterprise traffic to and from hybrid clouds, IoT devices and the growing numbers of remote workers. The machine learning is built into the latest version of Palo Alto’s firewall operating system – PAN 10.0 –  to prevent real-time signatureless attacks […]

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IoT takes aim at social distancing

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As many part of the U.S. are at least partially lifting lockdown sanctions prompted by the COVID pandemic, questions about the safety of those moves remain. IoT technology, however, might help alleviate some of those concerns. The degree to which it’s safe to reopen certain workspaces hinges in large part on how strictly social distancing […]