IoT Discussion at the Leidos Supplier Innovation & Technology Symposium

Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

Coalfire was asked to participate on a technical panel about the Internet of Things (IoT) at the Leidos Supplier Innovation & Technology Symposium on June 6. This event is a dynamic day enabling Leidos’ largest suppliers as well as targeted start-ups to showcase their offerings and capabilities to a diverse set of federal leaders and key contractors.

Some of the key vendors presenting at this engagement included Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM, HP, and Dell. Coalfire was pleased to speak with top vendors, including Dell, Targus, and Colamco. Coalfire stressed the importance of understanding how security is impacted when adding IoT to systems, applications, and devices. Over 60% of firms do not have policies or processes relating to the IoT. The panel agreed that enterprises sometimes compromise security by adopting commercial products, and these products have a history of not implementing defense in depth, which increases risk when adding these products to an enterprise network. Coalfire discussed a recent Princeton paper that demonstrated that popular IoT devices (such as Amazon Echo), were highly revealing merely by looking at the traffic rates of the encrypted data flows, even though the data streams were assumed to be encrypted and therefore not susceptible to direct inspection. Many consumers are simply unaware of the data leaks enabled by IoT devices.

A noticeable, chronic absence of security in the IoT industry is in part reflective of a lack of appropriate governance and policy. Organizations that leverage this technology do not have industry or government standards holding them responsible and accountable in their development and deployment plans. The explosion of the presence of IoT in our personal and corporate lives behooves the cybersecurity community to consider ways for making sure the right controls are designed into this here-to-stay technology in a multi-layered method.

Coalfire has worked with manufacturing organizations seeking to understand the impact their connected devices have on the corporate risk profile and conducted technical testing of IoT platforms, devices, and embedded systems to remediate vulnerabilities of exposing data and access to the platform or corporate environment. Many pursuing IoT initiatives can find value in our webinar on Securing IoT Devices at all Maturity Phases.

Abel Sussman


Abel Sussman — Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

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