DISI 2016: Internet of Things may pose risks to information security

- 04/11/2016

Countless devices connected to the Internet and the possibility of being interconnected. That is the reality already offered by what we call the Internet of Things and that by 2020, must have up to 34 billion equipment connected that will move more than 25 billion dollars. The technological revolution connects electronic devices to the network and makes the devices communicate with each other through the cloud or datacenters. The other side of this infinite possibility of connections, however, is related to the safety of certain information, noted in many cases against data privacy. Thinking of alert users about these and other issues, the 11th edition of the International Computer Security Day (DISI, in Portuguese) will be held, sponsored by the Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (RNP), through the Customer Service Security Incident Center (CAIS) on November 11 at the Federal Institute of Brasilia (IFB), on campus Brasília.

Through free lectures and open to the public, Brazilian experts will meet to discuss the coexistence of Internet of Things and security. One of the speakers, Fábio Assolini, Senior Security researcher and member of the global team of Kaspersky Lab Brazil, explains as the more connected devices (and vulnerable) are connected to the network, the more attack vectors are in the hands of criminals, to attack when and wherever they want. “A recent example is a great wave of DDoS (Denial of Service) attacks that has removed several websites and web services from network. Criminals have exploited vulnerabilities of security cameras connected to the Internet and so using them in attack”.

The research aims to show that the eagerness of connecting all the network manufacturers, on a disorderly fashion, without thinking about security and possible abuses of this committed equipment, will somehow affect the future and relationship with such “smart house”. “The vectors of attacks will increase, therefore, an attacker can use my smart lamp, connected to my WiFi network, to make an attack against other devices I have at home”, he says. Assolini also intends to show few, but important measures that consumers currently have in their hands, which can help to change this scenario.

In addition to safety in Internet of Things use, the meeting will also discuss how wearables can be used for health and how a smart system can revolutionize the area costs when allowing the monitoring and care of patients remotely. Legal features and basic cares to monitor the technological evolution shall also be discussed in the event.

Service: International Computer Security Day

Date: November 11, 2016

Time: from 9h a.m. to 6h p.m.

Place: Federal Institute of Brasília, in auditory of campus Brasília.

Subject: Can Internet of Things and Security really live together?

Free access in person or through the website: disi.rnp.br.