Guarding the Gate

Authentication in the IoT

by Bryon Moyer

[Editor’s note: this is the fourth in a series on Internet-of-Things security. You can find the introductory piece here and the prior piece here.]

You’re in a hotel, dead tired from a long day of meetings. There’s a knock on the door; you ask who it is, and they respond, “Room service.” Perfect; you had no energy to go out, and so you ordered up to dine in the relaxed ease of your room. You let the server in; your dinner is set up; you give a nice tip; she leaves so that you can tuck into some comfort food. You lift the warmer, and…

You’re in a hotel, trying to catch up on sleep with an early to-bed regime after changing too many time zones. As you’re drifting off, there’s a knock on the door. “Who is it?” “Housekeeping.” Housekeeping? At 9 PM? You peer through the peephole; looks like someone from housekeeping. You open the door a slice, chain on, and ask for ID; ID is proffered up and looks legit (although you have no idea what it’s supposed to look like, so it could be fake). “Turn-down service. We’re running a bit late today; sorry.” Reluctantly, cautiously, you open the door, and…  Read More

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Engineering Conspiracy

Posted on 10/01/15 at 1:19 PM by fschirrmeister

Great article, Kevin. I couldn't agree more. We must not do this. It is a simple question of integrity.

It looks like the key engineers actually reported the situation - according to the German news - years ago, as early as 2008. Only a detailed inves…

Engineering Conspiracy

Posted on 09/30/15 at 12:39 PM by TotallyLost

There has been some very interesting reading about cheating in Contract Bridge this month. It's a game that assumes people don't cheat, but offers the greatest rewards to those that cheat skilfully.

The lesson with that, and nearly every other walk of …

Engineering Conspiracy

Posted on 09/30/15 at 12:15 PM by wiltonlee

In an ideal world, honor above all. But gee, engineers are people, and engineers and scientists and doctors - supposedly holding truth in rather high esteem - have committed all sorts of incredible crimes, and I hardly need to offer examples, except to no…

Engineering Conspiracy

Posted on 09/30/15 at 12:07 PM by kleinman


One word: BRAVO.


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