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CyberPatriot Prepares Students to Protect the Internet of Everything [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1tBJNdZQuc]

Of all the unsettling stories of our Internet age, perhaps none is creepier than computer miscreants hacking into home video cameras or security systems. Whenever I hear an expert or colleague sing about the merits of the Internet of Things (IoT), I remind him or her of their home security systems that could be hacked by creepy outsiders. The story, though unsettling, puts things in perspective. That is, as wonderful as the IoT will be for our personal lives overall, what with all the conveniences involved, we have made a deal that is a formidable one - one in which our privacy and security is forever compromised.

That's why we have to be more vigilant - like it or not. Convenience and the wonders of technology come with a price. Besides, the IoT is already just about everywhere. There are nearly five billion connected things and this number could climb to 25 billion by 2020, according to the folks at Gartner. Now it is true that the IoT promises a smoother life, such as the ability for consumers to keep track of their groceries and energy consumption on their cell phones. We will even receive alerts when milk is running low. Everything, including our homes and our heartbeats (did you see the recent Apple iWatch event?) will be monitored to make our lives more flexible and downright easier.

How Our Hackathon Can Help Cities

Participants-at-EdgeVerve-Hackathon-2014
Participants at EdgeVerve Hackathon 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of observing at EdgeVerve's recent (and incredibly successful) hackathon. The experience taught me one thing - our urban centers have bright futures!

The theme: "Technology Solutions for our Cities." The participants: 50 teams that we hand-selected from an entry pool of more than 350. All the teams that applied were talented so we had the advantage of being able to choose the very best of the best. During the second-to-the-last weekend of 2014, we hosted these 50 teams at EdgeVerve's headquarters in Electronics City in Bangalore. So from the very start of the 24-hour-long event, from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, we were in the middle of the one the world's largest cities with the event's mandate to come up with solutions to make such an urban core a better place in which to live and to do business.

Hackathons and the Road to Success

Participants-at-EdgeVerve-Hackathon-2014
Participants at EdgeVerve Hackathon 2014

"If only I could bottle that..." These are famous first words. And the rest of the sentences are usually just as well known: "... I'd be millionaire" or "...I'd be famous."

The problem was that until very recently it was difficult to bottle something as intangible as ingenuity. In the old days, an executive would hope to hire the right people, create the right corporate culture, and hope that a healthy amount of innovation grew out of such a mix. But that was yesterday.

Apps: Are They Secure?



Mobile banking apps are also prone to hacking [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdO9CQqOuP8]

During my recent coast to coast sojourn in North America, during which I had the good fortune of meeting many of our customers, there was one theme that stood out in all discussions--security of mobile apps. The concern was more around B2C applications, given the increasing penetration of the Android operating system. With its open model and multiple OS versions, Android, in recent times, has shown increasing vulnerability to malware, Trojans, etc. Even iOS is not completely free from these vulnerabilities, although the perception is that a highly controlled and closed ecosystem makes it less susceptible.

Take for instance, the recent hacking of the mobile app of a leading coffee retailer, where it was discovered that the user IDs and passwords were stored in a flat file. The CIO of the company commented that even if someone accesses the app login credential the only thing the person could do is buy coffee. I think this ignores a very important fact--that people may use that very same user ID and password on multiple sites. Keeping the login sequence on a mobile app simple has been the prevailing paradigm so far, in order to not compromise with user experience and increase the app adoption.

Global E-Commerce Tools Know No Boundaries



Hackers in Russia have stolen 1.2 billion passwords from websites  [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czXdU5cfRM]

In one of his first moves as newly named CEO of the retail giant Target, Brian Cornell wrote a blog on the company website in which he expressed his "deep respect for the challenging retail environment."

Challenging indeed. Those words were written just a few weeks before the world learned that hackers in Russia had stolen 1.2 billion (yes, that's billion, not million) passwords from websites across the globe. Target itself also was (please excuse the pun) a target of a huge data breach during the busy holiday shopping season last year.

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