At this year’s Lux Live ethical hacker, Ken Munro of Penetration testing and security services, will give a live demonstration of just how vulnerable connected lighting products are to attack and manipulation.
In what is set to be one of the highlights of the conference programme, Munro, the UK’s leading ethical hacker, will conduct live penetration testing to explore the robustness of the systems produced by the industry.
Munro is increasingly becoming a campaigning figurehead for improved cyber-security in the UK and has recently appeared on the BBC News at 10 warning about the risks lax online safe-guards.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the lighting industry’s savior as revenues from luminaires start to decline. But as companies rush to get IoT products to market, is cyber security being sacrificed for the sake of a quick buck?
'Companies are simply not doing enough to improve IoT security and there is a lack of awareness and a certain laziness in their attitude towards the issue,’ Munroe told Lux.
Security experts are worried that IoT devices are being built upon outdated operating systems using code that has not been properly tested for security loopholes, which hackers will exploit.
Munroe believes that IoT manufacturers need to act now to prevent much more serious security breeches in the future.
‘Governments are becoming more and more concerned about the security risks that IoT poses, and the UK, US and EU governments are even considering legislation to compel firms to act,' Munro added.
The US Congress, for example, is mulling installing some kind of consumer protection into law to protect IoT consumer’s privacy, although talks are still at a very early stage.
The issue is of growing concern, especially as IoT is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. A survey carried out by Accenture, the global professional services firm, found that thirteen percent of consumers currently own an IoT device, by 2019, this expected to rise to 70 percent.
- Hacking will be dicussed in the IoT Arena at this year's Lux Live. In a unique live demonstration, Ken Munroe of Penetration testing and security services, the UK’s leading ethical hackers, will conduct live penetration testing to explore the robustness of the systems produced by the industry. You can find out more here. The LuxLive 2016 exhibition will be held in London on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 24 November 2016. Ken Munroe's talk will take place at 11:00am on Thursday 24th of Novemeber in the IoT Arena .