ExtraHop | May 07, 2020
The management of IoT and other connected devices may have been an afterthought, or at least something they didn’t anticipate having to handle long term.
IoT and Other Connected Devices Trends During Pandemic; Identifies Biggest Security Gaps for Organizations.
While there are many lenses through which to explore the ways in which COVID-19 is reshaping business operations, connected devices—including internet of things (IoT) devices.
ExtraHop, the leader in cloud-native network detection and response, today issued a report detailing rapid substantial changes in device usage trends as businesses shifted their operations in March due to COVID-19. The report also warns of the security complexity and risks posed by connected devices—both those used by employees at home, and those left idle but connected to the office network.
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While there are many lenses through which to explore the ways in which COVID-19 is reshaping business operations, connected devices—including internet of things (IoT) devices—and the ways in which people and organizations interact with them tell a story all their own. Using anonymized, aggregate data from across its global user base, ExtraHop analyzed business-related device activity during a one week period at the end of March 2020. This data was compared to activity from a similar study of the same global user base conducted in November 2019. The results reveal not only patterns that illuminate the state of work during the COVID-19 crisis, but also the long-term security implications of a distributed workforce.
Key findings from the report include:
• Steep Decline in Connected Devices at the Office Raises Concerns About Questionably Secure Local Networks: ExtraHop observed a 65 percent decline in the number of laptops and a nearly 70 percent decline in the number of smartphones connecting directly to corporate networks in March 2020. That said, the fact that these devices are no longer connected to the corporate network doesn’t mean they’re not connected at all. Employees are still accessing corporate resources, often relying on questionably secure local networks that lack the safeguards of the office network and thus are more exposed to malware.
• Vast Majority of Office Phones and Printers Are Still Plugged In, Exposing Risk: The number of connected IP phones declined by just 7.5 percent, indicating that many of these devices remain on and connected even when no one is using them. According to ExtraHop data, nearly 25 percent of those VoIP devices are Cisco IP phones, for which a critical vulnerability (CVE-2020-3161) was announced in April. Printers – at high risk for vulnerabilities and one of the most common targets of hackers – showed even smaller declines in connectivity, dropping by just 0.53 percent.
• Spike in Physical Security Cameras: Connections from security cameras increased by 47 percent in March, indicating that many organizations are taking additional precautions against physical intrusion or nefarious activity. Unfortunately, these devices can also expose organizations to cyber risk. Like IP phones and printers, they often have vulnerabilities and have been observed phoning data home.
• And Don’t Forget the Treadmills: The connections to the network from treadmills declined 100% when office gyms were some of the first aspects of office life to close down. But the connectivity of treadmills underscores the extent to which every device is now a connected device. IT and security departments now have a much broader attack surface to secure — even the office gym.
The almost overnight shift to remote work required a massive effort just to ensure the availability of applications and critical resources for employees outside the office. For many organizations, the management of IoT and other connected devices may have been an afterthought, or at least something they didn’t anticipate having to handle long term. As availability and security issues surrounding remote access become more settled, this needs to be an area of focus,
Sri Sundaralingam, Vice President, Cloud and Security Solutions at ExtraHop.
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ExtraHop delivers cloud-native network detection and response to secure the hybrid enterprise. Our breakthrough approach applies advanced machine learning to all cloud and network traffic to provide complete visibility, real-time threat detection, and intelligent response. With this approach, we give the world’s leading enterprises including The Home Depot, Credit Suisse, Liberty Global, and Caesars Entertainment the perspective they need to rise above the noise to detect threats, ensure the availability of critical applications, and secure their investment in cloud.
STMicroelectronics | January 06, 2021
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is offering a solution to accelerate the market introduction of new Bluetooth® LE and 802.15.4 based IoT devices with a miniature, ready-to-use STM32 wireless microcontroller (MCU) module.
The 7mm x 11.3mm STM32WB5MMG module lets product teams build connected devices without needing wireless-design skills. Made to enable low-cost PCB technology requiring a minimal number of layers, it integrates everything up to the antenna. Users can also leverage the tools, design wizards, radio stacks, and turnkey software libraries of ST’s STM32Cube MCU development ecosystem, available free of charge, to complete the project quickly and efficiently.
“Our first STM32-based wireless module simplifies technical challenges and extends exciting opportunities for smart connected devices,” said Ricardo de Sa Earp, Group Vice President, Microcontroller Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics. “A complete ready-to-use subsystem in a single package, the STM32WB5MMG assures excellent radio performance out of the box and comes as a certified solution according to Bluetooth, Zigbee®, and OpenThread specifications.”
In addition, the module supports ST’s novel concurrent dual-protocol mode that lets any protocol based on IEEE 802.15.4 radio technology, including Zigbee 3.0 and OpenThread, connect the user directly to any Bluetooth Low Energy device.
Benefitting from all features of ST’s STM32WB55 ultra-low power wireless microcontroller ICs, the module addresses a wide variety of opportunities for smart-home, smart-building, and smart-factory equipment. Users can leverage the MCU’s dual-core architecture that separates radio and application-level processing for unimpeded performance, large memories for radio and application code and data storage, and state-of-the-art cybersecurity.
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Totum | September 28, 2021
Totum, an innovator in satellite connectivity, today announced the successful indoor operation of their direct-to-satellite IoT connectivity solution. Based on Totum's groundbreaking wireless technology, which provides unprecedented reach from space, the demonstration showcased bidirectional communication between a fully integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) and Totum's low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite.
The terrestrial endpoint was located in a San Diego office building, and in contrast to high-gain directional antennas typically required by satellite modems, the demonstration made use of a miniature omnidirectional antenna.
"In a word, we're thrilled," says Ted Myers, founder and CEO at Totum.
"In a word, we're thrilled," says Ted Myers, founder and CEO at Totum. "In 3 years, we've gone from the back of a napkin to demonstrating the world's first direct-to-satellite communication system that works outdoors and indoors with a modem the size of a postage stamp."
"This accomplishment sits entirely on the shoulders of the innovative and passionate efforts of Team Totum, our silicon partner Orca Systems, and space partner Loft Orbital," adds Myers.
The Totum solution provides both connectivity and position fixes for low-powered IoT location tracking and monitoring systems which require battery life of up to 10 years. Totum uniquely unlocks innovative, high-volume applications for supply chain, logistics, agriculture, transportation, energy, and industrial markets which require global coverage and indoor reach, in total a $20B+ connectivity opportunity.
"We've effectively created a whole new category for IoT connectivity," says Dave Gell, Chief Commercial Officer at Totum. "Combining the global coverage of satellite with an indoor reach comparable to cellular puts us in a unique position to solve some of the thorniest problems in IoT today."
"Critically, we're able to do this with a total cost of ownership (TCO) that beats cellular. Not surprisingly, the market is responding," adds Gell. "We've built strong partnerships with OEMs, solution providers and value-added resellers who combined have placed advance orders for 2 million devices with service."
Totum enables global asset tracking and monitoring using its constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) nanosatellites and optimized device silicon. A revolutionary wireless waveform provides worldwide coverage, indoor connectivity, and an embedded footprint the size of a postage stamp. Combining connectivity and positioning capabilities, a compact Totum-powered tracker or monitoring system delivers battery life greater than 10 years. Totum is based in San Diego, CA.