Internet Society Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman will be speaking this week in both Washington, DC, and New York City on the Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative security, and our recent merger with the Online Trust Alliance. Two of the three events will be livestreamed and all have open registrations to attend in person.
Tuesday, 25 April: Washington, DC
At 12PM on Tuesday, The ISOC-DC Chapter will hold a panel discussion called, “Baked In: Can Policy Help Create Incentives in the Cybersecurity Marketplace?” You can watch the livestream of the event via that link, or attend...
Date published 24 April 2017
DC Chapter, Internet Infrastructure, Internet of Things, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Things (IoT), North America, NY Chapter, Open Internet Standards, Privacy, Security, webcast, Chapter, Other external events
Online trust and the fundamental need to collaborate to address its challenges is an issue I care about deeply. Today I’m excited to share some important news about a new Initiative at the Internet Society that we believe will help us get to the next level in addressing online trust.
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is an organisation with objectives very dear to ISOC’s heart. OTA’s mission is to enhance online trust, and its goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users' security,...
Date published 05 April 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword around the Internet industry and the broader technology and innovation business. We are often asked what the IETF is doing in relation to IoT and in this short post I'd like to highlight some of the relevant sessions scheduled during the upcoming IETF 98 meeting in Chicago next week. Check out the IETF Journal IoT Category for more details about many of these topics.
Before getting into the IETF 98 proceedings, I'll note that the IAB recently provided commentsto the United States National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on...
Date published 20 March 2017
That was the question Bruce Schneier and I were asked by Craig Spietzle of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) during a panel he moderated recently at the RSA conference.
My answer to that question was “an unequivocal yes!” Below is the longer answer. The key lies in accountability.
Old wine in new bags
No matter how you think about the Internet of Things, it is clear that it captures a vision of mind boggling opportunities. Suddenly everything around is being connected. Security cameras, thermostats, fridges, and cars turn into connected computers. The speed of the changes by which the Internet...
Date published 28 February 2017
Global, Internet Infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Things (IoT), Networks & Trust, Open Internet Standards, Privacy, RSA, Security, Standardisation, Other external events
Akamai has published its Q4 2016 State of the Internet/Security report As always, an interesting read and an opportunity to look at trends in attacks.
Not all trends are up and to the right. As the report states, Q4 2016 was "the third consecutive quarter where we noticed a decrease in the number of attack triggers". Still, "the overall 2016 attack count was up 4% as compared to 2015". Also, the volume and number of "mega-attacks" is on the rise.
And of course, there was the Mirai malware recruiting poorly secured devices connected to the Internet. The Mirai-based botnet produced the largest-...
Date published 21 February 2017
Today at the RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco, our Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman will be speaking as part of a panel on:
Internet of Insecurity: Can Industry Solve It or Is Regulation Required?
The abstract of the session is:
The rise of IoT has brought forth a new generation of devices and services representing significant innovation, yet all too many ship insecure and are not supported over their life. They have become proxies for abuse with a capacity for causing significant harm. Can we wait for industry and stakeholders to adopt trust frameworks and seal programs or...
Date published 15 February 2017
The stadium lights ripped the darkness over an empty field.
They weren’t supposed to be on. The lights at Princeton University’s stadium, recently upgraded, should have followed an automated cycle, reducing the need for human oversight.
Instead, the lights went to war.
That’s how Jay Dominick, the vice president for information technology and the chief information officer for the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology at Princeton University, described to me what happened when I followed-up with him after he spoke at the Conference on Security and Privacy for the Internet of...
Date published 27 December 2016
"Humanity has been building and programming general purpose computers for about six decades now, with spectacular results, mostly good. As we contemplate the ‘Internet of Things’ in light of our collective experience, there are some disturbing conclusions to be drawn. Can we as a species safely place our economy and culture into a global distributed network of computers, if those computers are programmed by humans using commodity programming languages and tools?"
That’s the question renowned Internet security expert Paul Vixie, co-founder and CEO of Farsight Security and an Internet...
Date published 28 November 2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword around the Internet industry and the broader technology and innovation business. We are often asked what the IETF is doing in relation to IoT and in this short post for the IETF Rough Guide to IETF 97, I'd like to highlight some of the relevant sessions scheduled during the upcoming IETF 97 meeting in Seoul. First, though, I'd like to add a small advertisement for you to tune into the ISOC@IETF Briefing Panel on Tuesday, 15 November, during lunch on "The I in IoT: Implications for a Global Open Internet." Registration to attend onsite is full, but...
Date published 10 November 2016
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As announced last week, registration has just opened for the ISOC@IETF Briefing Panel at IETF 97 next week. What are the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the global internet? Is the end-to-end principle still relevant? We'll discuss these questions and more during the Internet Society Briefing Panel at IETF 97, entitled: “The I in IoT: Implications for a Global Open Internet.” The panel takes place during lunch on Tuesday, 15 November, at the Conrad Seoul.
Due to high demand for limited seating, pre-registration is required to attend the Briefing...
Date published 08 November 2016