Attacks against Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Operational Technologies (OT) are increasingly making headlines, with attacks against critical infrastructure taking the biggest toll. In response to the increase, X-Force, IBM Security’s team of hackers, researchers, and responders, the ioXt Alliance and Silicon Labs are hosting a virtual panel discussion on July 21 at 11am EST.
Register to join us in this topical thought leadership discussion, and please ask any IoT/OT security questions on your minds.
Panelists will discuss the following topics:
Critical infrastructure security
2021 has demonstrated the fragility of technologies that the world needs. Pipelines, water treatment plants, food processing companies and vital transportation systems have all been targeted by attackers. The U.S. Government recently unveiled a security directive to strengthen pipeline security and is working on other measures for more critical infrastructure. What kind of impact can nationwide directives make when it comes to strengthening security? How do threats and vulnerabilities differ against critical infrastructure vs other technologies? What should organizations be doing to stay ahead of attackers?
Standardizing IoT Security
A UL certificate has been the standard safety validation for 22 billion products in the U.S. each year. For a consumer, the UL symbol on a household product verifies it is safe to use. The model has been replicated in security however it hasn’t evolved alongside development lifecycles. What should a standardized security certification program include to ensure security protocols are built into the IoT/OT manufacturing process? How can a certification help improve IoT security? Which parties should shoulder the burden of achieving certification and what should end user companies do if they are using uncertified legacy equipment that’s vital to their operations?
The perceived privacy and security problem
From wearables to home devices, nearly everything that contains our personal information is connected to the Internet. The connectivity has broadened attacker opportunities and elevated the risk of personal and valuable data being leaked in public forums. A cloud of fear creeps above consumers about their personal data being made public, creating a perceived privacy problem that can tarnish an IoT manufacturer’s brand. What can manufacturers do to prevent data leakage and ensure their customers that they are prioritizing privacy and security? How can privacy and security be built into the supply chain so they both are not overlooked when products go to market?