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Connected events expose IoT threats

ForeScout Technologies : 23 February, 2016  (Technical Article)
ForeScout explains the increased threat surrounding the use of IoT and the availability of large scale wi-fi at public events.
Connected events expose IoT threats

In a blog post on ForeScout Technnologies' website, the company's VP of Global Marketing, Dan Lamorena explains how the desire of large event organisers to provide Wi-Fi for all and large scale connectivity using IoT connected sensors throughout the venue is creating the potential for serious security threats.

Dan uses the example of the hugely popular US Superbowl event which draws tens of thousands of fans to the event itself and millions more through the mass media. With over 1000 Wi-Fi access points at the event handling over 4 Tbytes of data, there are rich pickings for cyber criminals, who could potentially tap into the online in-seat catering transactions and other lucrative dealings conducted by fans.

The hi-tech venue also features connected sensors in an Internet-of-Things network providing security professionals at the event with the information they need to keep the Superbowl safe and secure.

Could this IoT network provide the back-door into the event systems that cyber criminals want? With IoT devices proliferating at an incredible rate and with functionality being at the top of the innovators' list of priorities, Dan believes that security may be taking a back seat when it should have more prominence.

Read Dan's thoughts on "The Super Connected Super Bowl and IoT Security Risk"

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