A new report has said that the emerging standards for the Internet of Things (see IoT Standards: Is the Time Right to Calm the Chaos? http://techfocusmedia.net/archives/articles/20140908-iot/) are failing miserably in not considering security.
The concern of the authors of the report, from Beecham Research, is that while a number of bodies are looking at CyberSecurity generally, the architects developing devices and systems are generally ignoring the issue and this could have dire consequences.
A virus in your PC is a nuisance, but a hack of your central heating system in the depths of winter could be life-threatening. And when you start looking at other elements of the IoT things could get seriously worse. The report is issued to mark the start of a longer term study by Beecham on the issue, which will involve work with standards bodies, the Cybersecurity people, and all levels of the IoT chain, from IP developers to Governmant on international organisations.