IOT News Roundup

IIC members preparing to test time-sensitive networking standard; Senate bill calls for IoT research, support; AgeCheq offering new consumer data safeguard; HARMAN, NXP demo V2X technology; Pwnie Express reports on "Internet of Evil Things"; GlobalSign, Infineon partner on IoT security.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

AgeCheq Introduces New System for Securing Consumer Data

AgeCheq—a subsidiary of PrivacyCheq, a company that offers IoT product manufacturers a platform for communicating their data security policies to consumers—has added a new feature to its AgeCheq 3.0 privacy compliance cloud service, which is designed to protect consumers' personally identifiable information (PII) collected and stored by product manufacturers through connected devices, such as those used in IoT networks. Some Web and mobile game publishers already use AgeCheq to help them collect user age data in order to comply with the U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The new service, called PIICRYPT, could prevent the types of data breaches through which hackers have access to personal photos and other PII, such as one that toymaker VTech experienced by failing to secure the names, e-mail addresses, passwords and home addresses of 4.8 million parents who had purchased connected toys for their children.

PIICRYPT provides a platform for storing PII collected through apps and websites in encrypted "vaults" on Amazon's S3 cloud. The service sequesters each user's data into this segmented storage area and protects it with a unique AES 256-bit key, which is saved only on the consumer's device. By divvying user data into these segmented storage areas, AgeCheq explains, PIICRYPT will make it impractical for hackers to carry out a large data breach, since using brute force to crack potentially millions of these 256-bit encrypted vaults would be too onerous.

HARMAN, NXP Demo V2X Product at Auto Show

At the Geneva International Motor Show 2016, HARMAN International Industries, a tier-one automotive supplier of audio and connectivity systems, demonstrated its Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solution (LIVS) Connected Car Compute Platform, which is designed to enable vehicle-to-x (V2X) communications infrastructure, based on the Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) protocol, and using RoadLINK technology provided by NXP Semiconductors. V2X refers to communications between vehicles or between a vehicle and infrastructure, such as a short-range radio device attached to a light post or traffic light.

The HARMAN-NXP solution uses radios compliant with the IEEE 802.11p standard, which is designed for creating ad-hoc networks between infrastructure and vehicles, or between multiple vehicles, based on proximity. Use cases for a V2X system include enabling an ambulance to transmit alerts to drivers of other vehicles as it approaches an intersection, alerting them of its location. Another use case is employing a radio mounted on a speed-limit sign to alert drivers that they are entering a reduced speed zone. The V2X application software runs on the i.MX 6Solo applications processor from NXP, and uses HARMAN's data security architecture, known as 5+1, which employs data encryption; a virtual machine manager (hypervisor), which segregates operating systems to better protect those running security applications within a connected vehicle's connect CPU; an intrusion-detection system; and other security features, all of which can be updated over-the-air.

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