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Cybersecurity expert and CIO: Internet of Things is 'scary as hell'

Al Sacco | March 26, 2014
The terms "Internet of Things" (IoT) and "connected home" are two of the trendiest buzzwords in the technology world today. And while both clearly offer very real potential, they also introduce their own share of risk, particularly if they're not approached with caution, according to Jerry Irvine, an owner and CIO of IT outsourcing services firm, Prescient Solutions.

In truth, what we should be doing implementing the least privilege type of security, where nobody has any rights unless I specifically give it to them. In today's new BYOD environment, it's really set up so that everybody has all rights until I say no. We have to get to the limitation of the only people who have access are the people I give it to. A concentration on the least amount of privileges.

It used to be more like that, before smartphones really hit the enterprise, before BYOD. Do you think the current trend will reverse itself?
JI: I absolutely think it will.


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