SMART ABOUT SECURITY IN SMART DEVICES (IOT)

Internet of Things has been given many names with regards to security. Take Jaya Baloo (CISO KPN), who calls it IoS, Internet of Shit. Other security experts agree and there is a collective worry that security in IoT will be impossible if not thoroughly considered from the start.

When Volker Wessel and the municipality of Eindhoven opened up a Smart City bidding to improve Eindhoven as a IoT smart city, BitSensor jumped in, and out of the 66 proposals BitSensor is placed first.

BitSensor makes Eindhoven the first Smart City to think smart about security. Imagine a world where all devices are connected and change their behavior according to your needs. Your boiler turns on right before you get home, your fridge has a camera to see how much food is left, and your front door opens when you arrive.

What if you are not the only one controlling the lights, the fridge is spying on you, and a burglar remotely opens all your smart-locks? Where innovation continues in IoT, security stalls. Even though data will be gathered on all sensors around you, nobody knows how to secure it.

BitSensor will be the first security solution to fully integrate in IoT, securing the data collection, api and frontend. It will secure all data and protect people, companies and the government from data leaks, privacy infringement and societal disruption.

BitSensor approaches security in a new way, it runs inside IoT applications and acts as a radar system. A hacker will show up on his first attempt. While the attack takes place, individual attacks are correlated by BitSensor, creating a hacker profile. Companies and (local) governments are then able to (automatically) block the hacker before he gets through. This ensures that if one IoT application is compromised, a security update can be applied to protect all IoT application of the same kind. Also, data used for the attack is captured and can be used by law enforcement during trial. Hacker attributes might also be shared across cities, protecting the entire IoT infrastructure across the Netherlands.

The BitSensor product itself consists of two key pieces which are both equally scalable: ..*The small open-source data-gathering plugin which is easily integrated in applications ..*The BitSensor analytics back-end

BitSensor is built on top of Elasticsearch, and is horizontally scalable. This relieves any other concerns about technical scalability. BitSensor is not dependent on any industry vertical or specific chip, making it possible to scale to other cities is without changing the solution itself. The BitSensor plugins are open-source, meaning that everybody has access to the code, and will help other people develop similar technologies.

Traditional infrastructure or virus scanners are not able to work on the sensor layer, simply because this does not scale. Hackers now have the ability to create massive chaos by attacking the sensor and physical actuator layer, such as streetlights and camera’s. You can’t place a firewall or virus scanner in every streetlight. BitSensor lives within the cloud layer of a smart city, looking for anomalies in the applications that process the data streams.

Let’s make Eindhoven the first Smart City to think smart about societal security in IoT. Right now BitSensor is ahead in a game where big companies like IBM are just starting out.