Hong Discusses Cybersecurity and the Future of IoT

June 22, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a priority research area for faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII.) In particular, faculty like Associate Professor Jason Hong are looking at the risks associated with the countless number of connected appliances, devices and products that can represent security threats for organizations, but also for the everyday user.

Hong discusses the open IoT platform Giotto, an end-to-end stack integrating machine learning, privacy and user experience with CSO online.

“We want to make it so that people have IoT-in-a-box, so they can quickly use some of our sensor platforms, demonstrate examples of things to sense [such as an window opening or someone knocking on a door], and create apps that are triggered by those sensed actions,” Hong said in the article.

Hong and his Mobile Privacy Security research group are also researching how to leverage Giotto for security improvements. They are currently pursuing proximity to sensors as well as a physical security layer as options to make it easier for people to understand controls.

“The logical and middleware layers need to offer access control, as useful defaults for what data and services people can access, and really simple controls that don't require a Ph.D. to understand,” Hong explained.

You can read the full article, "IoT Pushes IT Security to the Brink," on CSO online.