Oct 26 2016

Week 4 – Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?

Unfortunately, Week 4’s theme acts as the perfect backdrop to the massive distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks of Friday the 21st.  The Department of Homeland security appears omnipresent once again in setting this week as the Internet of Things spotlight.

With compounding growth of connected technologies – cars, household appliances, finances, healthcare, and more being increasingly managed by smart devices – we are confronted with the need for increased awareness to secure cutting-edge, technical innovations. Week 4 looks to the future and discusses how cybersecurity is being built into advanced technology along with areas of opportunity for individuals to operate securely in a digital society.

If the idea that household technologies, like your fridge or your child’s toys, seem completely benign, please read the following article entitled “Hackers Apparently Used Internet-Enabled Cameras, Toys in Cyberattacks”, published by Time, found here: http://time.com/4541790/cyberattack-internet-hackers-cameras-toys/ Everything that is internet-enabled is a possible tool for hackers . . . Stay vigilant!