For 2017, Sophos predicts a rise in threats against devices that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). James Lyne, global head of security research for Sophos, discussed the threat in a recent interview that aired on CNBC’s On the Money.
Infosecurity Europe 2016, taking place in London from 7-9 June, will bring together 15,500 information security professionals, 260 expert speakers, 300+ exhibitors and over 100 members of the media.
Join us this year for your chance to grow your professional network, meet with key figures in the field, and learn about the latest security trends and best practices.
James Lyne, Sophos global head of security research, will take center stage for a keynote address on “Cybercrime: What Works in 2016.” James is also a member of the advisory board for the Intelligent Defence technical research conference taking place alongside Infosec.
Sophos security expert James Lyne spoke during a keynote session on the Internet of Things at this year’s edition of Mobile World Congress, sharing a sampling of his research on the startling security immaturity of IoT devices.
Although James says he’s a big proponent of the IoT, of mobile applications, and the possibilities these technologies bring, his research shows how a number of them fail even the most basic security tests.
According to James, many of today’s IoT devices make it too easy for malicious hackers. James has seen massive security failures such as devices with hardcoded passwords, some exposed to vulnerabilities that should have been patched long ago, and others communicating across the open Internet unencrypted.
You can watch James’s brief but entertaining talk in the video embedded below. He explains his discoveries and shares his insights into how and why IoT and mobile security went so wrong, and what we can do to get it right.
Cybersecurity is one of the hottest industries right now, as hacking and spying stories hit the headlines every day. Lots of people will be paying attention to the news coming out of RSA Conference 2016, taking place 29 February to 4 March, in San Francisco.
Sophos has a huge presence at RSA this year, from our friendly team members staffing our booth (N3101) in the exhibition hall, to our brightest security experts giving keynote talks in front of big crowds.
We’re also showing off our innovative products, like the one-of-a-kind XG Firewall with Sophos Security Heartbeat, our industry-leading next-generation endpoint, and the advanced threat detection capabilities of our unique, next-gen sandboxing technology called Sophos Sandstorm.
The Internet of Things (or IoT for short) is rapidly expanding to include an unprecedented number of connected devices. All the smart things coming online need to be secured, but sadly, security seems to be low on the list of priorities for IoT manufacturers and developers.
There’s a very broad array of consumer and industrial applications for the IoT: wearables, TVs, thermostats, lighting, security cameras, drug infusion pumps, electricity meters, toys, cars, and much more. What can be done to make sure our devices are safe from snoops and hackers?
James Lyne, Sophos global head of security research, addresses this important issue during a keynote session at Mobile World Congress, taking place the week of 22-25 February.
IP EXPO Europe is billed as Europe’s “number one” IT exhibition, with 15,000 visitors over two days, hundreds of vendors, and hundreds of free seminars across six major technology areas. It’s one of the few must-attend events on the IT exhibition calendar.
Naturally, we’re expecting the cybersecurity event will draw huge crowds – IT security is the most talked-about and highest-demand industry segment in technology today.
This is the first year Sophos is attending IP EXPO, taking place 7-8 October at ExCel London, and our UK team members are really excited about what’s happening at our stand (AA22 in the Cyber Security Zone), where we have fun giveaways (and beer and snacks!) ready for our visitors.
In the seminar sessions, our experts are giving fascinating presentations about hot topics including EU data protection regulations and mobile security, and some live hacking demonstrations too.
Web filtering used to be rather easy – IT departments could block inappropriate categories of websites like adult, gambling, and perhaps social media, and the job was done.
More recently, however, cybercriminals have begun to infect large numbers of users on the web by compromising legitimate sites that you probably don’t want to block with strict browsing policies.
In fact, SophosLabs detects 20,000 to 40,000 malicious URLs every day – and 80% of those are compromised legitimate websites. Web filtering that only blocks dodgy sites won’t keep users safe from web-borne threats.