Secure IoT 2019 tackles risks and vulnerabilities posed by using connected devices

The potential risks and vulnerabilities posed by using Internet of Things (IoT) systems and connected devices, along with IoT security Best Practice and guidelines, will be up for discussion at Secure IoT 2019. The third annual Secure IoT Cyber Security Conference will be held on Thursday 7 November at the Green Park Conference Centre at 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park in Reading. Risk Xtra previews what’s in store for delegates.

Security and risk management professionals are seeing an ever-increasing number and sophistication of cyber attacks on systems and products that are using Internet-connected devices. These attacks are being instigated by different types of actors including criminals, states and state-sponsored protagonists, issue-orientated hacktivists (malicious insiders pose the greatest threat) and ‘script kiddies’.

The risks posed and the damage realised on an organisation or individual in terms of reputation, costs and Health and Safety due to poor security practice can be considerable. In May last year, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable. The GDPR covers ‘security by design’ in hardware and software. Data controllers are obliged to consider data protection ‘by design and by default’.

Organisations using insecure IoT devices, software and systems could face action under the GDPR should they contribute to the theft or ‘spillage’ of personal data. For example, not checking your IoT device is secure before procuring it, not configuring it securely (for example, not changing bad default passwords) and not expeditiously patching vulnerabilities in firmware (and other software) used to process personal data.

Understanding of IoT security

At the conference, delegates will be able to learn all about the cyber security issues, risks and threats associated with Internet of Things (IoT) systems and connected devices, gain a thorough understanding of IoT security Best Practice and meet leading experts and companies offering security products, solutions and services.

The growing line-up of speakers includes representatives from Amazon Web Services, Arm, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Device Authority, the GSMA, IBM, Microsoft, the NCC Group, Pen Test Partners and SAS.

In terms of delegates, the target audience includes companies developing IoT products and services, organisations looking to procure and deploy IoT solutions, products and services, IoT and cyber security professionals, telecommunication service providers, retailers and distributors of IoT products, owners and operators of critical infrastructure, industry bodies, Government, academia and the broader IoT and cyber security community.

*For more information and details of the speakers visit https://tvsecureiot.uk/

**Readers of Risk Xtra who would like to attend can receive 20% off the cost of their admission by quoting the code RISKX19 when booking. To book tickets access https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secure-iot-2019-tickets-59043403409

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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