Smart Home – Still Secure Home?

With the upcoming Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 the Smart Home/Smart Office or more generally the Smart Building is becoming more and more important. Smart Buildings use technology from the traditional home and building control and connect it to the internet. Commercials from the television promise to control the complete home from the smartphone or tablet but never say a word about IT security. When vendors talk about security they mean securing your home with alarm systems but forget to say that all this…

Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currencies: Threat or Opportunity?

The 21st Century IT blog team interviewed Leonard Doble who recently finished his research on Bitcoin and state security at the University of Nottingham to shed greater light on this 21st cenutry IT topic.

Don’t Lose your Data: Understanding Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

If data is the new gold, it’s fair to assume your organization owns data that is sensitive due to privacy laws or its critical to your companies business. Do you know the type of data you produce, collect, own and process? Do you know its location? Do you know what happens to the data right now? Do you know what happens if it leaks outside or is lost forever? Most of you might not be able to answer these questions properly.

Drivers at Risk? Securing the Connected Car

The next revolution in the automotive sector is digital with the prospect of autonomous driving in the distant future. Two worlds converge. One of short product lifecycles and rapid innovation, and one of longer planning periods on modest innovation. Today’s cars may have up to 100 electronic control units (ECU) with multilayered runtime environments, multi-source software, multi-core CPU’s and million lines of software code, connected by controller area network (CAN) that steer everything from engine electronics to entertainment systems.

The Need and Challenges of an International and National Approach to Cybersecurity

The growing complexity of the interconnectedness of physical and virtual infrastructure – servers, databases, microchips, cables, mobile phones, cars, machines and so on – through information and communication technology (ICT) are not only diffusing globally but are of concern to many. Beyond its impact on leadership, management or institutions, there is a common fear that this development offers more and more avenues for disruptions in the “digital supply chain” and thus increases the vulnerability of the information society and the global economy to system failure….

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