Singapore government aims to set IoT security baseline

Tech Wire Asia | January 28, 2019

YBERSECURITY concerns around the internet of things (IoT) have plagued the minds of several business leaders for the past few months — especially as the technology becomes ripe for industrial adoption. However, given the potential of IoT in the smart cities ecosystem and the many ways it can integrate businesses with government agencies such as customs, excise, and indirect tax authorities among others, regulators too are concerned about security. As a result, in order to help businesses continue to develop the technology safely, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has issued a new consultation paper: “Consultation for IoT Cyber Security Guide“. Although still open for discussion, the baseline recommendations that the IMDA provides in the document are quite robust and might evolve into a set of benchmarks followed for IoT implementations and operations nationwide.

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Crystal Group Vice President Sales and Marketing Bob Haag talks to Military Embedded Systems Tom Varcie about one of its IoT at the rugged edge solutions at Xponential 2019 in Chicago.

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Crystal Group Vice President Sales and Marketing Bob Haag talks to Military Embedded Systems Tom Varcie about one of its IoT at the rugged edge solutions at Xponential 2019 in Chicago.

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U.S. Enterprises Committing to IoT With Long-Term Plans

ISG | July 25, 2022

U.S. enterprises investing in the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly are starting out with long-term strategies instead of just discrete proofs of concept, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Internet of Things — Services and Solutions report for the U.S. finds a growing number of U.S. organizations want to develop a high-level view of their IoT future while achieving immediate, measurable benefits from the technology. “Enterprise IoT plans are growing more ambitious,” said John Lytle, industrial manufacturing client lead for ISG in the Americas. “Companies are looking to optimize their operations, address security threats and extract insights from IoT data.” Advances in AI and machine learning have expanded the possibilities of IoT analytics, ISG says. In its most basic form, IoT gives enterprises visibility into their operations by collecting data from sensors in machine tools, vehicles and other assets. That data can be used in real time to track objects, generate alerts or predict failures. Using analytics tools, managed services providers are now using the same data sources to derive higher-level business insights. As in most IT fields today, both enterprises and service providers face a tight market for qualified professionals who can design, integrate and operate complex IoT systems, the report says. Providers and clients are opening delivery centers in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific to spread out the risk of attrition beyond established centers in India. “Managed IoT services are most affected by the skills shortage, Providers are responding with recruitment, training and intelligent automation.” Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research Enterprises are seeking plug-and-play interoperability among devices, software and networks so they can respond to future requirements and avoid vendor lock-in, but this remains a challenge, ISG says. To deliver maximum value, an enterprise’s IoT infrastructure often needs to be customized to work with specific telecom networks and hyperscale cloud platforms. Yet a lengthy integration process can cut into a project’s return on investment. Providers are continuing efforts to offer open platforms and smooth integration services. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Internet of Things — Services and Solutions report for the U.S. evaluates the capabilities of 33 providers across five quadrants: Strategy Consulting, Implementation and Integration, Managed Services, Mobile Asset Tracking and Management, and Data Management and AI on the Edge. The report names Atos, Capgemini, Cognizant and HCL as Leaders in all five quadrants. It names HARMAN DTS and IBM as Leaders in four quadrants each and Accenture and Siemens as Leaders in three quadrants each. Verizon is named as a Leader in two quadrants, and Bosch, Infosys, LTTS, PwC, TCS and Wipro are named as Leaders in one quadrant each. In addition, Hitachi Vantara is named as a Rising Star — a company with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” by ISG’s definition — in two quadrants. Cyient, eInfochips, HARMAN DTS, HPE, NTT and TCS are named as Rising Stars in one quadrant each. Customized versions of the report are available from Cyient and PwC. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Internet of Things — Services and Solutions report for the U.S. is available to subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. About ISG ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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Industry IoT Consortium Examines Smart Manufacturing at IoT Solutions World Congress

Industry IoT Consortium | July 20, 2022

The Industry IoT Consortium® (IIC™) published the Compilation of Views on the Smart Manufacturing Industry, a series of articles focused on the smart factory. Sponsored by the Global Industry Organizations (GIO) Smart Manufacturing Group, the publication examines the many facets of smart manufacturing. Manufacturing covers all industrial IoT verticals, from smart cities to automated vehicles to health care and mining. Human logic is being replaced by machines, leading to an increased need for softer skills in smart manufacturing and corresponding regulations and standards. "Today, the pace of innovation and digital transformation in the manufacturing value chain is faster than ever. The need for best practices, standardization, and knowledge of the most valuable solutions and industrial guidelines are essential for a successful future strategy for smart factories," said Farid Bichareh, Chair of the IIC Smart Factory Working Group. “The Compilation of Views on the Smart Manufacturing Industry examines multiple factories, deployments, and modes of manufacturing and provides insights and a case analysis regarding the digital transformation of manufacturing,” said Zhou Yaling, GIO, IIoT Industry Specialist. "At present, we're asking 'how does a human fit into a smart factory?' But we need to ask, 'how can machines augment the work of a human in a smart factory?' said Michael Linehan, Director of Program Operations, IIC." In this publication, IIC members and GIO participants from many different industries offer their experience, best practices, knowledge, and guidelines to help the manufacturing community on its journey towards the smart factory of the future.” This paper covers the following topics: Insights from end users Enterprise perspectives about digital transformation Technology trends Korea’s new manufacturing service and digital transformation Connected factory for packaging consumer goods Neural manufacturing A case study on a smart factory Industry IoT Consortium The Industry IoT Consortium delivers transformative business value to industry, organizations, and society by accelerating the adoption of a trustworthy internet of things. The Industry IoT Consortium is a program of the Object Management Group (OMG).

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Sternum Becomes NXP Marketplace's First Real-Time IoT Security and Observability Solution

Sternum | June 27, 2022

One of the top producers and biggest markets for embedded controllers in the world, NXP Semiconductors, has announced that Sternum, a pioneer in autonomous IoT security and observability, has joined the community of software partners. Through this partnership, NXP-dependent IoT device manufacturers will be able to easily incorporate Sternum's proprietary security and visibility capabilities into their products. With a CPU overhead of around three percent during the DD process, Sternum's Embedded Integrity Verification was able to neutralize the assaults that NXP researchers had tried. Sternum is seen as an important addition to NXP products because it effectively addresses the growth in remote runtime assaults on connected devices. According to P&S Intelligence, the embedded security industry will reach more than $10 billion by the end of the current decade. The graph shows an increase in demand for safeguarding against exploitation and the proliferation of cyber-physical systems and increasingly ubiquitous linked devices in both consumer and business markets. IoT devices are transforming entire industries and have become a significant security vulnerability for businesses since they frequently lack visibility and protection. Without proactive security controls, businesses are forced to spend limitless amounts of money fixing vulnerabilities, which forces them to look for alternative solutions. With the help of Sternum's universal IoT platform, a new world where fleets of connected devices may be easily, seamlessly, and autonomously observed at the edge, is created. The patented technology is designed to detect the general signatures of several attack exploitations, including command injection and buffer overflow attacks, and to stop the intrusion attempts in real-time, defending the device's runtime integrity against both zero-day and one-day attacks. This method offers total defense against a variety of CWEs (Common Weakness Enumerations) and promotes a proactive IoT security paradigm, eliminating the need to spend money on reactive patching to catch up with hackers. "NXP's microcontrollers power devices that will work as the mission-critical backbone of entire industries and cities. We are thrilled to be collaborating with NXP to secure the future of digital transformation and ensure zero-trust from device to cloud. Our products offer companies a unique degree of protection against the most dangerous attack types, and significantly reduce the cost of security-related maintenance, and we are excited to see them used to promote innovation on a global scale," Natali Tshuva, CEO and Co-Founder of Sternum Sternum provides businesses with a comprehensive solution for all RTOS and Linux-operated devices, covering the distinct sector needs of IoT device-level protection and visibility in the medical, industrial 4.0, smart cities, energy, and beyond. Furthermore, Sternum's proprietary technology, based on dynamic code analysis, anomaly detection, and runtime integrity verification, supports a "shift-left" technique by giving developers the resources they need to spot security issues before they are deployed when they are less expensive to fix.

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