|By Roger Strukhoff||
|August 11, 2014 07:00 PM EDT||
So many things going on within the Internet of Things, it can be hard to know where to start.
But I'll try. Security is one of the big emergent issues. Whether Microsoft will be an IoT player is another one.
HP Studies Security
First, security. A recent HP study, for example, says 70% of all current "things" are vulnerable to attacks. The group of things under study here included home thermostats and power outlets; sprinkler controllers; home alarms, door locks, and garage openers; and consumer electronics running with some cloud service and accessible by mobile devices.
HP is at least tacitly endoring the Online Web Application Security Project (OWASP) in reporting its findings. Concerns raised by the study are those found in other aspects of enterprise IT: insufficient password protection, lack of encryption, insecure web interfaces and firmware.
The study also raised privacy concerns, as the IoT has the potential to allow your refrigerator and thermostat to rat you out the way your laptop, phone, and car already do. The solution to this is more political than technical, of course. HP recommends security review of all IoT devices you have already installed, whether in your enterprise or your home.
Microsoft Extending Windows
Meanwhile, Microsoft is apparently working to extend Windows well into the IoT, with a version of Windows loaded onto an Intel Galileo development board. This outreach is based on the company's strategy with Windows Extended Compact, which already covers ATMs and many other things.
Now the company wants to reach smaller and smaller things. It is also trying to reach the steampunk, er, maker community, one of those fast-growing global phenomena out of which much of our future may ultimately be built.
The Galileo board will be competing with Raspberry Pi for mindshare and market share as the IoT grows and grows.
I'll be continuing to cover these two things as well as all the other things within the Internet of Things, and you can look to our upcoming @ThingsExpo in Santa Clara Nov 4-6 for the latest and greatest presentations on the two topics covered here, as well as anything else.
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