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Day: August 11, 2015

Driven to Fears

Bad Example?

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to an Irish Times journalist about security in the Internet of Things. I used one of my favorite analogies for the way cybersecurity fears can get overhyped – the automobile. Driving is among the most dangerous things a person can do in modern life, yet we take it in stride. Few of us freak out as we climb behind the wheel, terrified of the incredible perils we face simply by pulling out of our driveway. My point was that there are plenty of technology risks that should scare us more than (legitimate but largely theoretical) IoT vulnerabilities, but we choose to ignore them. The comparison seemed to go over well. At least until a few days later, when someone hacked a Jeep.