Starting Today: NDSS Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research

You’ve undoubtedly heard about all sorts of Internet security vulnerabilities and incidents causing harm around the world, but the flip side of all that doom and gloom is all the promising efforts underway to create a more secure, private, and trusted Internet. Starting today and going through Wednesday (18-21 February), the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium takes place to present groundbreaking research in the world of Internet security.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NDSS, and the Internet Society is proud to have been associated with it for over 20 years now. A key focus of the Internet Society has long been improving trust in the global open Internet. In order to promote this trust, we need new and innovative ideas and research on the security and privacy of our connected devices and the Internet that brings them together. NDSS is a top tier forum for highlighting this research.

NDSS 2018 is four full days featuring:

In addition to being excited by the potential of all the excellent security and privacy research to be presented at NDSS, the Internet Society is also pleased to support NDSS with continuing commitments to promoting open access to all information, encouraging cooperation and collaboration, and developing the next generation of leaders in the security space.

Quality academic research that is open and easily accessible to anyone is one of our best long-term investments in a truly open and trustable Internet. All of the information from NDSS including abstracts, papers, slides, videos, and posters will be available on the NDSS website. Papers and abstracts for the main programme are already on the NDSS website, and posters, slides, and videos from all the presentations will be posted shortly after NDSS. Individual workshops will have proceedings produced and put online in the weeks following NDSS.

NDSS brings together security researchers, standards developers, vendors, and the operational community into a cooperative and collaborative environment for the exchange of ideas. People are what ultimately hold the Internet together. The Internet’s development has been based on voluntary cooperation and collaboration, and these tenets remain essential factors for the Internet’s prosperity and potential. Because of this, the Internet Society has a long commitment to a Collaborative Security approach and views NDSS as an excellent example of this collaboration. We are especially pleased to see examples like the DNSPRIV and DISS workshops having active participation from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) community, resulting in close coordination between emerging research and resulting standards. Enhanced collaboration makes both communities stronger.

Finally, for those of us who have been working in this space for more than a few years, we recognize the importance of developing the next generation of leaders. We need the best and the brightest engaged in solving the challenging security and privacy issues facing the Internet. Academic research by its very nature is developing the next generation of thought leaders in this space. To further support the exposure of students, NDSS, with the help of NSF, Cisco, and the Internet Society, is proud to have awarded 20 grants for students to attend NDSS in person.

For all of the above reasons and more, the Internet Society is pleased to support NDSS. We look forward to the results of this year’s event! And we want to wish a happy 25th anniversary to all those in the NDSS community!

There is still time if you want to join us in person in San Diego (by registering onsite). Otherwise you can follow along via our social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn, or search/post using #NDSS18.

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Another BGP Routing Incident Highlights an Internet Without Checkpoints

Yesterday, there were two BGP routing incidents in which several high-profile sites (Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitch, NTT Communications and Riot Games) were rerouted to a previously unused Russian AS. The incidents only lasted about three minutes each, but demonstrated once again the lack of routing controls like those called for in MANRS that could have prevented this from happening.

As reported in BGPmon’s blog post on 12 December 12,

“…our systems detected a suspicious event where many prefixes for high profile destinations were being announced by an unused Russian Autonomous System.

Starting at 04:43 (UTC) 80 prefixes normally announced by organizations such Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitch, NTT Communications and Riot Games were now detected in the global BGP routing tables with an Origin AS of 39523 (DV-LINK-AS), out of Russia.”

Either a configuration mistake or a malicious attack, it propagated quickly through the Internet without visible obstacles. This was one of almost 5000 route leaks and hijacks in 11 months of 2017. For comparison, network outages during the same period caused almost 8000 incidents (source: https://bgpstream.com/):

In practice, the efficacy of corrective actions strongly depends on the reliability and completeness of information related to expected routing announcements. And these qualities quickly deteriorate with every routing hop on the path. Meaning that the easiest and most effective way to prevent such incidents from a customer is by its direct transit provider. In the case of AS39523 – that is AS31133 (Megafon).The Internet is an interconnected system and its security is only as strong as its weakest link – the least secure network operator. But the concept of “defense in depth” is more applicable here: If a network emits a false routing announcement, there should be many chances to correct it.

Deploying the simple, low-cost, low-risk measures promoted by MANRS is vitally important for all network operators. Had Megafon implemented Action 1 “Prevent propagation of incorrect routing information,” the false announcements yesterday would have been stopped at the first hop. Had reliable data been available about what prefixes DV-LINK-AS is authorised to advertise, others could have prevented that too.

Is your network doing all it can to prevent incidents like this? Read the MANRS document, follow the Implementation Guide, and Join MANRS!

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IoT Tech Expo North America 2017: Highlights from the event in Silicon Valley

The North America 2017 event welcomes 10,500+ attendees to Silicon Valley!

Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who attended the IoT Tech Expo North America 2017 which returned to the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA for the final leg of the 2017 world series with an extended agenda, larger expo, brand new topics and two co-located events covering Blockchain and AI. The event attracted an audience of 10,500+ attendees with delegates from across North America and beyond to discuss the potential of IoT, Blockchain and AI across a number of industries, with top-level speakers sharing their expertise and experiences on the subject. We hope you found the event beneficial and made some new connections.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their involvement in the event and for making it a fascinating and diverse two days.

The two-day event hosted 15 conference tracks, an exhibition, AI start-up incubator, IoT meetup and an evening of networking. On the first day speakers including NASA, Halliburton, Boeing, Bluetooth, Cisco, State of Nevada, Ford, Schneider Electric and many more took to the stage to explore IIoT, manufacturing,  connectivity, smart factories, data privacy, interoperability, security, and more.

Day 2 welcomed the new conference tracks ‘Smart Transportation & Cities’ and ‘IoT in Enterprise’ with speakers from Thyssenkrupp, Shell, Federal Trade Commission, Visa, State of Utah, Toyota, Aviva, Compare, Seattle Reign FC and more sharing their knowledge and experiences across a range of industries and verticals.

Here are a few pictures of the show and you can share yours with us using @IoTTechExpo

If you missed the event, you can catch up on all the sessions by purchasing a Sessions Material Pass which allows you to download all the presentations and recordings from over the two days. These will be available before December 7th and paid pass holders will be emailed their log-in details.

You can also let us know what you think via this short survey, and be entered into a draw to enter 2 x Ultimate Passes to a future event of your choice.

The IoT Tech Expo World Series will be returning in 2018 with shows taking place in London, Amsterdam and Silicon Valley. You can find out more and register for each below:

IoT Tech Expo Global – 18- 19 April 2018, Olympia London

IoT Tech Expo Europe – 1- 2 October 2018, RAI Amsterdam

IoT Tech Expo North America – 28- 29 November 2018, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley

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GSMA Highlights US$1.8 Trillion IoT Revenue Opportunity for MNOs

GSMA Highlights US$ 1.8 Trillion IoT Revenue Opportunity for Mobile Network Operators

Mobile IoT Initiative Supporting Commercial LPWA Network Deployments; 15 Mobile IoT Networks Now Live Worldwide.

The GSMA today announced that mobile network operators are set to benefit from an estimated US$ 1.8 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) revenue opportunity by 20261 boosted by the early deployment of commercial Low Power Wide Area Networks in licensed spectrum.

The new findings highlight the huge growth opportunities for mobile operators delivered through new Mobile IoT applications and services. To date, 12 mobile operators have launched 15 commercial Mobile IoT services, including AT&T, Telstra and Verizon (LTE-M), as well as China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, M1, Turkcell, Verizon and Vodafone (NB-IoT).2 The research also indicates that the Americas region will account for an estimated US$ 534billion, or approximately a third of the total revenue.

Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA, said:

“There is a real sense of momentum behind Mobile IoT networks in licensed spectrum, with multiple commercial launches around the world, as well as the availability of hundreds of different applications and solutions, but there is still much to be done.”

“Many operators are already reaping the benefits of deploying Mobile IoT and we encourage others to act now to capitalise on this clear market opportunity and further accelerate the development of the Internet of Things.”

The new findings highlight that consumer demand for connected home (US$ 441 billion), consumer electronics (US$ 376 billion) and connected car technologies (US$ 273 billion) represent the biggest revenue opportunities for IoT. However, other areas such as connected energy look set to reach US$ 128 billion by 2026 as a result of local governments and consumers seeking smarter ways to manage utilities. Similarly, revenues from connected cities are forecast to reach US$ 78 billion by 2026.

Mobile operators are enhancing their licensed cellular networks with NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies which utilise globally agreed 3GPP standards to scale the IoT. Mobile IoT networks are expected to have 862 million active connections by 2022 or 56 per cent of all LPWA connections3. These new Mobile IoT networks are designed to support mass-market IoT applications across a wide variety of use cases, such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting, requiring solutions that are low cost, use low data rates, require long battery lives and can operate in remote locations.

Mobile IoT Momentum

The GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative was created to help the industry deliver commercial LPWA solutions in licensed spectrum. It is currently backed by 74 global mobile operators, device makers and chipset, module and infrastructure companies worldwide. In the space of a year, it has helped to establish market standards for LPWA, published by 3GPP, that will play a fundamental role in the growth, development and adoption of the technology as well as securely and cost effectively connect the billions of new devices making up the IoT.

For further information on the Mobile IoT Initiative, visit www.gsma.com/iot/mobile-iot-initiative/.
1 According to new figures in the IoT Forecast Database Research published by analyst house Machina Research (IoT Worldwide, 2016-2026, (All IoT (Total) Connected Car (Total) Connected Cities (Total) Connected Consumer Electronics (Total) Connected Energy (Total) Connected Home (Total))
2 https://www.gsma.com/iot/mobile-iot-commercial-launches/
3 Machina Research, April 2017

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IoT Tech Expo Europe 2017: Highlights from the two day event in Berlin

Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who attended the IoT Tech Expo Europe 2017 which returned to Berlin at a new venue with an extended agenda, larger expo, brand new topics and two co-located events covering Blockchain and AI. The event attracted an audience of over 4,000 attendees with delegates from across Europe and beyond. We hope you found the event beneficial and made some new connections.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their involvement in the event and for making it a fascinating and diverse two days.

The two-day event hosted 2 co located events, 10 conference tracks, an exhibition, start-up incubator, IoT meetup and an evening of networking. On the first day speakers including Sigfox, T-Systems, Nestlé, Volvo CE, Daimler, Santander and Johnson Controls took to the stage to explore Industry 4.0, process automation & predictive maintenance, blockchain, the future of IoT development, creating a seamless smart building ecosystem, IoT 2022 and more.

Day 2 welcomed the new conference tracks ‘Smart Transportation & Cities’ and ‘IoT in Enterprise’ with speakers from Microsoft, Deutsche Bahn, Coca-Cola, Hamburg Sud, John Deere, BMW, Turkish Airlines, City of Tampere, Nice, Graz, European Space Agency, GSK, Allianz and more sharing their knowledge and experiences across a range of industries and verticals.

Here are a few pictures of the show and you can share yours with us using the hashtag #IoTTechExpo

We have upcoming IoT Tech Expo’s in Silicon Valley and you can view further details for each here:

IoT Tech Expo North America – 29-30th November, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley

IoT Tech Expo Global – 18-19th April, Olympia London

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