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IoT Community Challenge Kick-off

Free flight to Sydney for best innovative IoT use of D4 Secure on a Raspberry Pi.  Open to everyone, you don’t need to be a hacker to use D4.  Any Linux system builder should be able to create something cool with great security built in.  Interested? Read below for details…

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D4 Secure stays rock solid – Meltdown and Spectre

Cog’s D4 Secure products mitigate and protect connected devices from many different forms of attacks.  Let’s take a look at how D4 is impacted by Meltdown and Spectre, and how device makers can use D4 to create more secure and feature rich IoT devices.

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Insights from ET Exchange

To say ET Exchange was informative, highly educational and galvanizing would be an understatement. Several of us from the Cog team attended the event a couple weeks ago and were impressed with the caliber of networking, presenters and content.

Since Cog Systems specializes in cybersecurity, we found it inspiring that security was consistently part of the conversation and referred to as a foundational element of digital transformation throughout the show.

Key take aways include:

  • We had the pleasure of speaking with Jack Madden, executive editor of BrianMadden.com, about new security threats and defenses currently available to enterprise and government. “The S in IoT stands for security,” he joked. But as the world is finding, it is virtually an afterthought, which Jack covers in his thorough round up of the event in a recent blog post.
  • Christine Ferrusi Ross, an expert at understanding and solving customer problems, delivered an educational session on the controversial yet revolutionary Blockchain technology. Christine talked about how decentralization and self-sovereign identity control are some of the key outcomes of Blockchain technology. It puts individuals at the center of their data ownership with full control over our identity and share as we desire, while providing the necessary layers of security via the decentralization of all the data.
  • Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research, delivered a thoughtful discussion on the approach to enterprise digital transformation today and what it takes for IT leaders to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Joe Weinman, founder of XFORMA shared four stages or “Digital Disciplines” to create customer value and enable competitive advantage. These include: information excellence to complement operational excellence, solution leadership, collective intimacy and accelerated innovation. We definitely plan on learning more about these insights from the book he wrote on the topic.
  • Our very own Dr. Daniel Potts participated in Bob Egan’s panel that focused on digital transformation and what it will look like in 2020.
    In addition to these valuable learnings, nGage customer attendees named Cog Systems’ D4 Secure as Best Overall Digital Transformation Solution and also nominated Cog as a Vendor to Watch.

There’s no doubt that society as we know it is experiencing the next pivot in technology equivalent to the industrial revolution. While the future remains unknown, we appreciate the opportunity to be part of the conversation.
Thanks nGage for a great event!

October is National Cyber Security Month – Let’s Celebrate with a Modular Approach

By Dr. Daniel Potts

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has declared October “National Cyber Security Month, and it couldn’t come at a better time.

 

According to Steve Morgan, CyberSecurity Ventures, cyber crime damage costs will hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. With the growth of IoT devices on the rise, Gartner predicts that by 2020, IoT security will make up 20 percent of annual security budgets.

 

The challenge is that the current connected device software architectures are built like a Great Room. Anyone who enters the room can pretty much hear, see or do anything, and it will impact the entire room. For example, if someone in the room has the flu, everyone is at risk of getting it too. We all know what happens next. They bring that flu home, and spread it further. This type of architecture puts government and enterprise at great risk.

 

Just like the great room approach in your home, the software architecture of today’s mobile and IoT devices is basically monolithic in nature, in particular the Operating System (OS) and kernel. It is basically one big software stack and it is huge, consisting of 10’s of millions of lines of code – that’s a massive attack surface to be managed and exploited.

 

The problem is once malware gets on the system and then into the OS kernel, it has access to whatever it needs. It can disable any protection and bypass whatever it wants. Now with access to credentials such as keys, a malicious device can gain access to your network. This is very similar to how the newest security flaw behaves, KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK can attack virtually any device that is connected to Wi-Fi and uses WPA2 security to break in.

 

There are controls and obstacles that can be put in place to prevent this, but it’s inevitable that some of those controls inhibit performance of those devices.

 

So how can we improve cybersecurity? It starts by going modular. It starts by building in redundancy and defense-in-depth. Cog Systems delivers on this premise by changing the way we build these systems from ‘old school’ monolithic approach to a modular approach.

 

Modularity means we can isolate and protect critical or malicious functionality – essentially by creating separate rooms. Cog Systems is successfully applying a modular approach to cybersecurity solutions for its customers, specifically for IoT as well as smartphones. Our D4 Secure HTC One A9 smartphone, for example, uses always-on non-bypassable VPN keeping it safe from security flaws such as KRACK attacks.

 

What type of architecture do you have in place? Is it meeting all of your needs or just some? Is it proactive or reactive? Tell us what you think.

Type 1 Virtualization on ARM: Inevitable and Long Overdue

Often I am asked about what makes Cog Systems different, and how that will matter in the long term. By this point, this is an easy question for me – and the answer is as elegant as it is obvious.

So, first, I suggest we all take a quick quiz. What is the single piece of technology that underpins the cloud computing revolution?

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