Can the Internet of Things make itself secure?

In the last few years, the government has taken increasing interest in ensuring that technology for both consumers and companies adheres to high standards of security and safety. But how much should it actually be a part of the security equation for cutting edge technology like the Internet of Things? That was the question Adrian Turner, Founding CEO of Mocana, Steve Bowsher, Executive VP of In-Q-Tel, and Robert Rodriguez, Chairman and Founder of SINET sought to answer at Mobilize 2013.

“In terms of policy, five and a half and six years ago, there were zero bills that had cybersecurity in the legislation,” Rodriguez explained, “Now there’s 50.”

The government’s increased interest in setting security standards for the Internet of Things is on the rise, but the group agrees that it should be up to the companies themselves to continue to build security through interoperability and communication.

“I think that the industry overall understands that sharing information about breaches or threats is good for everybody, but it’s hard to make happen in reality,” Bowsher said. “Part of it is incentives, part of it is a desire for privacy we all have.”

But therein lies the rub: While companies understand that sharing and communicating is important, there are often hangups (particularly in appearing weak to the media and shareholders) that keep companies from doing so. Rodriguez said that he believes refusing to push boundaries, be open and be communicative can lead the government to take even more control, which has its own set of consequences.

“If it’s not addressed properly, it could get regulated if it’s not secure enough,” Rodriguez explained. “Regulation impedes innovation.”

Check out the rest of our Mobilize 2013 live coverage here, and a video embed of the session follows below:

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A transcription of the video follows on the next page