Smart Cities

The Vulnerability of Things & the Need for Lightweight Encryption in Smart Devices

The Internet of Things (IoT) in smart buildings, homes, and cities has triggered a digital revolution for the built environment. Billions of sensors and devices now transmit real-world data to cloud computing systems in order to help us understand the physical world in quantifiable digital terms. IoT data is often sensitive in terms of privacy and security, however, and small IoT devices often lack the electrical or computational power to support sophisticated security protocols. This creates a “vulnerability of things” that could turn the IoT into a danger for society and undermine the promising digital revolution in the built environment. “Over the coming years, billions of additional IoT devices and sensors are slated to come online. However, users now realize that these devices are not designed with cybersecurity in mind,” says Michel Girard, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. “Minimum CPU and memory capacity are needed for users to manage and […]

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