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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 […]

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COVID-19 pandemic ratchets up threats to medical IoT

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The mere fact of the COVID pandemic’s existence has pushed the American healthcare system to capacity, but another threat to that system has reared its ugly head – cyberattacks, particularly those based on ransomware, have become more common as the disease spread, targeting medical IoT devices and healthcare networks. According to Forrester Research analyst Chris […]

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What is IoT? The internet of things explained

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The internet of things (IoT) is a catch-all term for the growing number of electronics that aren’t traditional computing devices, but are connected to the internet to send data, receive instructions or both. There’s an incredibly broad range of things that fall under that umbrella: Internet-connected “smart” versions of traditional appliances like refrigerators and light […]

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The Internet of Things in 2020: More vital than ever

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If you work in IT, you’re probably safely ensconced at home right now, clinging to your laptop at the edge of your company’s network. The shift from office to home has been momentous. But it’s also symbolic of a larger trend: The network edge has become as important as the network core. Remote workers aside, […]