Organisations fear IoT security attacks – but are not actively monitoring risks

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Almost every organisation polled by the Ponemon Institute and Shared Assessments say they fear a ‘catastrophic’ security event related to an unsecured IoT device – yet only a third actively monitor for IoT-related third-party risks.

The study, which surveyed 605 individuals in corporate governance, found the average number of IoT devices in the workplace is set to increase by 55% over the coming year. 81% of those polled said a data breach caused by unsecured IoT devices was ‘likely’ to occur in the next 24 months.

The challenge is more of an issue than may be let on, the report adds. Less than half (45%) of respondents believe they can keep a full inventory of IoT devices in the organisation – and of that number, only 19% actually have an inventory of at least half of their devices. 15% of survey respondents have an inventory of the majority of their applications.

46% of those polled say they have a policy to disable a risky IoT device within their own organisation, while 60% opt for a third-party risk management program.

“The rapid adoption of IoT devices and applications is not slowing down and organisations need to have a clear understanding of the risks these devices pose both inside their own and outside their extended networks,” said Charlie Miller, SVP at the Shared Assessments Program. “While there’s an increasing awareness about third-party IoT risks, much more work needs to be done to ensure controls minimise the risks these devices pose.

“With the increasing number of major data breaches, ransomware, and distributed denial of service attacks in the news daily, and senior executives losing their jobs as a result, it’s critical that organisations assign accountability and ownership of IoT-related oversight across their organisation, ensure that IoT security is taken seriously, and educate management at all levels,” added Miller.

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Over the past few weeks, many owners of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have reported battery drain problems. The February security update appears to be the likely culprit, but since so many Android components are updated outside of system upgrades, it’s impossible to know for sure. Regardless of the cause, it has certainly made plenty of Pixel owners frustrated.

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Siri now actively used on more than 500M devices, up from 375M in June

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Apple buried a tasty tidbit in Tuesday’s HomePod press release, revealing that its Siri virtual assistant is being "actively used" on over half a billion devices, a figure up from more than 375 million in June.
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Siri is Now Actively Used on More Than Half a Billion Devices

In today’s announcement about the HomePod’s February 9 launch date, Apple quietly provided new data on how many people are using Siri. According to the company, Siri is now actively used on more than half a billion devices.

As noted by Above Avalon’s Neil Cybart, that’s an improvement over the last Siri data point shared by Apple. Back at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said Siri was used on more than 375 million iOS devices each month, suggesting Siri usage has increased since the debut of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.


iOS 11 brought several improvements to Siri, including new, more realistic male and female voices designed to more closely mimic natural human speech. Siri also uses on-device learning to understand more about user preference, and syncs that information across all of your devices for a more consistent experience.

Siri in iOS 11 is also able to translate English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and there’s a new Type to Siri accessibility feature.

Siri usage is likely to grow further with the introduction of the HomePod, which will be heavily reliant on the personal assistant. Siri is designed to serve as an in-home musicologist on the HomePod, and Apple has been working to improve Siri’s understanding of music related data.

On HomePod, Siri will be able to make music recommendations based on personal taste, aiding in music discovery, and Siri will be able to respond to a range of music related commands and queries like “Play more songs like this,” “Play something new,” “Who’s singing?” and “Play more like that.”


Siri on HomePod can also answer questions about a wide range of topics, providing weather updates, sending messages, playing podcasts, checking the news (a feature introduced in iOS 11.2.5), making calendar appointments, offering up data on movie times, and much more, and the personal assistant can be used to control HomeKit devices.

HomePod will launch on Friday, February 9, but Apple will begin accepting orders for the device on Friday, January 26. It will be available in the United States, Australia, and the UK to begin with, and it will cost $349 in the U.S.

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Tim Cook Is ‘Actively Testing’ a Blood Sugar Monitor for Apple Watch

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is “actively testing” an Apple Watch-connected blood glucose monitor according to a new report published Thursday by CNBC — adding fuel to the fire of previous reports that the tech-giant is working to develop a revolutionary medical diagnostic tool exclusively for diabetes patients.

While stopping short of providing additional details about the nature or efficacy of the apparatus, the CNBC report vaguely suggests that Cook’s blood glucose tracker is a standalone peripheral that merely connects to his Apple Watch via Bluetooth — although it may or may not be physically mounted within close proximity to the Apple Watch’s main chassis. Specifically, sources indicated that the tracker is “on the Watch,” which implies that it either attaches directly onto the chassis, or is positioned somewhere on the band. It does not appear, at this time, that the utility is physically ingrained within the Apple Watch’s chassis itself.

Rumors surrounding Cupertino’s development of an Apple Watch-connected blood glucose monitor first surfaced last month, when CNBC revealed that Apple has a “secret team” of as many as 200 PhDs and biomedical engineers actively working on the project. While the team’s goal is to eventually develop an in-built, chassis-encompassed blood glucose monitor, the variant that Cook is testing could potentially be a prototype of the unit meant to develop algorithms and be assessed for efficacy and reliability prior to the tech-giant’s engineers sitting down and figuring out a way to integrate the technology into a future-generation of the wearable.

Alternatively, as an even more recent report from BGR suggested, Apple could try to integrate its blood glucose monitor into a quote-unquote “modular Apple Watch band,” which the company could theoretically sell as an after-market accessory for the Apple Watch. BGR, in its report, also echoed the sentiments of earlier rumors that Apple could create a myriad of these so-called “modular bands” for the Apple Watch, encompassing a variety of user-customizable ‘add on’ features such as additional battery power, external speakers, a camera, and much more, depending on a user’s individual interests and needs.

CNBC’s report is otherwise scant on details, however if Apple is indeed working on a blood glucose monitor of some kind, the utility will ultimately stand to be positioned a medical diagnostic tool and would have to go through the usual processes of extensive testing, clearance, and certification by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) before Apple could market and sell it as a commercial product.

As far as the future of Apple Watch is pertinent: the company could potentially unveil an Apple Watch Series 3 as early as this fall, according to rumors, alongside the iPhone 8 flagship and its 7s/7s Plus counterparts — although we’ll just have to wait and see about that since the Apple Watch Series 2 is still ripe for the picking.

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