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Security Is Fast Becoming The Achilles Heel of Consumer Internet of Things

Despite increased consumer interest, new scenarios, and multi-million-dollar investments, Internet of Things is still struggling with one of the worst problems of the hi-tech industry – security. The recent DDoS attack on DynDNS where hackers exploited insecure cameras and DVRs is just an indication of what can potentially go wrong in the world of connected devices.

Multiple factors are contributing to this growing menace. Lack of awareness among consumers followed by the lack of consensus on security standards among the industry players are the key reasons.

Last year, Mattle, the toy company that creates the popular Barbie dolls for kids added speech capabilities to the toy. Dubbed as Hello Barbie, children can interact with this next generation toy by asking a variety of questions to which Barbie would respond through funny answers. The toy comes with an accompanying mobile app that is used to configure WiFi to connect it to the Internet. While this looks like a natural extension of the Barbie franchise into the connected world of IoT, this turned into a delight of hackers. Security researchers found many flaws in the toy that would let hackers easily reuse the authentication credentials to gain access to the home network.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.