New bill would set a dangerous precedent for cybersecurity in Illinois

State Journal-Register: New bill would set a dangerous precedent for cybersecurity in Illinois

By Paul Paget

“We live in exciting times when Internet-connected products are enabling surgeons to operate on patients from thousands of miles away and traffic sensors on roads, light poles and buildings talk to cars to reduce daily commute times and bring you home safely to your family.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing society as we know it. And, it is happening quickly. Connected objects and products are critical to our daily lives. But that integration poses new security and privacy challenges. In the coming years, billions of interconnected products will interface and communicate with each other — from autonomous vehicles to smart cities and artificial intelligence.”

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Solutions of the Past Don’t Help with Challenges in the Future

Fox and Hounds Daily: Solutions of the Past Don’t Help with Challenges in the Future

By Paul Paget

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. We see it around us every day — from our wireless thermostats to our voice-activated Bluetooth speakers to road sensors that alert our cars to cold surface temperatures.

The IoT already includes billions of Internet-connected products that provide a myriad of services that simplify things, as they sense, calculate and control processes, helping us to execute basic tasks or informing us to make better decisions. Since the inception of the Internet, we have heard much about cybersecurity – mostly about breaches — but also a lot of discussion about the need for consumers, businesses and governments to protect themselves from identify theft, ransomware, and predators attempting to disrupt our lives.”

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Repairing consumer privacy in a digital world

Capitol Weekly: Repairing consumer privacy in a digital world

By Tim Sparapani 

“Recently introduced legislation in the California Assembly (AB 2110), would require manufacturers to provide independent repair shops with the same parts, tools, software, and other information that they provide to their authorized repair shops for the repair of Internet-connected electronics – from smart phones to home appliances to toys to fire alarms.

The idea is to create more repair options for consumers. One effect of the legislation, however, is that it would provide anyone with full access to the security and privacy features of these products, both physical components and software/firmware.”

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