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June 15, 2017

DevOps Plays A Key Role In IoT Security

This is the fifth in a series of Arrayent blog posts on IoT security. The series is written for employees of companies who sell connected products, especially those new to IoT. With this series, we hope to bring a basic level of awareness and understanding of key issues that face everyone who develops connected consumer products. We also hope to stimulate an ongoing dialog that helps move the conversation about connected products security forward. If the world has learned anything from the high-profile connected device hacks of the past year, it’s that IoT security cannot be an afterthought. Security has […]
June 15, 2017

Get Dad Something Smart for Father’s Day

If you’re a tech-minded Dad and believe leading tech pundits, your Father’s Day should yield a bounty of Internet-connected gifts. If you are wondering what to buy, the latest research for Father’s Day 2017 indicates that the best way to a Dad’s heart is through his desire for an electronic gift (18%), now beating out power tools (15%), sporting event tickets (14%) and camping/fishing/hunting related gifts (10%). Who would have thought? BEST OF FATHER’S DAY CONNECTED GIFT GUIDES As you might expect, the typical Father’s Day gift list for 2017 boasts many connected entertainment devices like 1) Roku or Chromecast, […]
June 8, 2017

The Importance of External IoT Security Audits When Vetting An IoT Platform Partner

This is the fourth in a series of Arrayent blog posts on IoT security. The series is written for employees of companies who sell connected products, especially those new to IoT. With this series, we hope to bring a basic level of awareness and understanding of key issues that face everyone who develops connected consumer products. We also hope to stimulate an ongoing dialog that helps move the conversation about connected products security forward.   External audits: detective work or proctology, to IoT platform companies it feels like both Any manufacturer of branded consumer products who is looking to partner […]
June 1, 2017

Tackling International Security and Privacy Compliance

This is the third in a series of Arrayent blog posts on IoT security. The series is written for employees of companies who sell connected products, especially those new to IoT. With this series, we hope to bring a basic level of awareness and understanding of key issues that face everyone who develops connected consumer products. We also hope to stimulate an ongoing dialog that helps move the conversation about connected products security forward. At Arrayent, we counsel consumer brands that are embarking on a connected product strategy that security cannot be an afterthought because so much is at stake. […]
May 25, 2017

Security Is Everyone’s Job

This is the second in a series of Arrayent blog posts on IoT security. The series is written for employees of companies who sell connected products, especially those new to IoT. With this series, we hope to bring a basic level of awareness and understanding of key issues that face everyone who develops connected consumer products. We also hope to stimulate an ongoing dialog that helps move the conversation about connected products security forward.  We began our series looking at IoT security through an organizational lens. This week we are looking through a cultural lens: How can companies build a […]
May 18, 2017

IoT Security Starts With People

This is the first in a series of Arrayent blog posts on IoT security. The series is written for employees of companies who sell connected products, especially those new to IoT. With this series, we hope to bring a basic level of awareness and understanding of key issues that face everyone who develops connected consumer products. We also hope to stimulate an ongoing dialog that helps move the conversation about connected products security forward. Preparing the workforce of a traditional product manufacturer that is facing the challenge of having Internet-connected products for the first time is fundamentally different than securing […]
May 17, 2017

What If We Don’t ‘WannaCry’?

Ransomware Cyberattacks are a Wake-Up Call to the IoT Industry. The global ransomware cyberattack called WannaCry affected over 230,000 computers running the Windows OS in more than 150 countries earlier this week. Although the USA was mostly spared, this has undoubtedly been a huge wake-up call across the tech industry. ‘Ransomware’ attacks involve the remote hijacking of computing devices by malware transmitted over the Internet that encrypt and threatens to destroy their data if ransom is not paid within a proscribed time period. Insidiously, the user is ‘enticed’ to pay the ransom within three days, after which the price doubles. […]
May 8, 2017

Connected Products Grace Mother’s Day Gift Lists Like Never Before

From Personal Assistants to Cooking and Cleaning Aids, Lifestyle Experts Recommend A Range of IoT Products to Give Her the Gift of Making Life Easier Market researchers have long assessed that the best Mother’s Day gifts are: quality time, spa time, and things homemade. But in a sign of how the times are changing, the number of tech—and specifically connected—products being advertised for Mother’s Day 2017 is telling. According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Mother’s Day has become the biggest day of the year for portable appliance sales. “Millions of people are looking to show their mothers how […]
April 28, 2017

Connected Robot Vacuums Sweep into Leading Spot Among Small Appliance Growth

In a nod to the future, new research shows consumers value cordless, rechargeable and robotic vacuum models, as evidenced by the traction gained by RoboVac apps. When global market researcher GfK revealed its top six growth categories in the small appliances at an IFA Global Press Conference in Lisbon last week, two floor-care products topped the list in first and second places: rechargeable ‘handstick’ vacuum cleaners and robotic vacuums. GfK estimated the global small appliance market grew 5% to €60 billion. Here’s how they assessed the top six fastest growing categories in the market: Rechargeable handstick vacuum cleaners: up by […]
April 26, 2017

Lifestyle Giants HGTV Network and Sunset Magazine Present Their Take On The Smart Home

According to Consumer Technology Association research released in January, 29 million smart home devices are projected to be sold this year—that’s up a whopping 63 percent from 2016. Still, most people at the vanguard of smart home product adoption are educated, affluent, and tech-savvy, so it’s a safe bet that there is an even larger population of consumers who will seek ideas, inspiration, and recommendations from trusted home lifestyle media sources, not just the tech press. It’s worth a look at the latest smart home prototypes being offered by lifestyle media giants HGTV and Sunset Magazine to gain insight on […]