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5 Keys to Improve Your Cybersecurity | #TpromoCom #CyberSecurity #Internet #Security | Cybersecurity isn’t easy. If there was a product or service you could buy that would just magically solve all of your cybersecurity problems, everyone would buy that thing, and we could all rest easy.

However, that is not the way it works. Technology continues to evolve. Cyber attackers adapt and develop new malicious tools and techniques, and cybersecurity vendors design creative new ways to detect and block those threats. Rinse and repeat.

Cybersecurity isn’t easy, and there is no magic solution, but there are a handful of things you can do that will greatly reduce your exposure to risk and significantly improve your security posture.

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The Hotel Hijackers White Paper

The Hotel Hijackers White Paper | #TpromoCom #Hotel #Hacker #CyberSecurity | From booking a room to the payments made at shops and restaurants, hotel chains have complex networks that save enormous amounts of sensitive and private data, just waiting to be compromised.

This makes the hospitality industry one of the main targets for cybercriminal activity.

Download our whitepaper, The Hotel Hijackers, to understand:

  • Why hotel networks became a target of cybercriminals,
  • A history of attacks on the industry
  • How these types of attacks can be avoided

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Sales of connected consumer devices to exceed 520 million units by 2022

Sales of connected consumer devices to exceed 520 million units by 2022 | #TpromoCom #IoT #HomeAutomation #SmartHome | New whitepaper sponsored by Calix details opportunities for service providers to build revenues and brand value in the smart home ecosystem.

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May 21, 2019

New whitepaper sponsored by Calix details opportunities for service providers to build revenues and brand value in the smart home ecosystem

Parks Associates today released the new whitepaper Open for Business: Future Flexibility for Smart Home Services, which forecasts sales of connected consumer devices will exceed 520 million units by 2022, including networked cameras, security systems, and connected health devices. The whitepaper, sponsored by Calix, presents the opportunities emerging from this wealth of residential devices and details strategies for service providers to operate in the smart home market in ways that leverage their strengths while avoiding the pitfalls of past efforts.

“A future-flexible platform is a critical component for success in the IoT because smart strategies represent a long-term investment,” said Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates. “While service providers are in an excellent position to deploy, maintain, and service the smart home, they generally do not want to develop and maintain their own proprietary solution to do so. But the market has matured where vendors are offering new turnkey solutions, and the right long-term partnership enables providers to serve the varied present and future use cases.”

“Service providers need to re-position themselves for growth and gain a foothold in the smart home. The innovators are starting with tools that provide visibility into the home and supporting systems so they can deliver best-in-class whole-home Wi-Fi coverage,” said Michael Weening, EVP of field operations for Calix. “Once the foundational brands and systems are in place-such as those rapidly coming to market from tech giants-it will become increasingly difficult for new entrants to gain any traction. The opportunity is now.”

The whitepaper details consumer interest and willingness to pay for connected home services. Additional research from Open for Business: Future Flexibility for Smart Home Services:

• More than half of professionally monitored subscribers have at least basic interactivity with their security system.

• At the end of 2018, 24% of US broadband households subscribed to professional monitoring.

• 10% of US broadband households own at least one networked camera.

• The majority of consumers 50+ years old are willing to pay $30 per month for an independent living system that has their must-have features, such as fire detection, panic buttons, automatic alerts sent to loved ones, and home security devices to deter intruders.

To download this whitepaper, visit https://parksassociates.com/whitepapers/openforbusiness-wp2019. To schedule an interview with an analyst, contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214

About Parks Associates

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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56% of all light vehicles in the US will be actively connected cars by 2022

56% of all light #vehicles in the US will be actively connected #cars by 2022 | #TpromoCom #IoT #Internet | Parks Associates estimates the US will have 169 million actively connected cars by 2022, representing 56% of all light vehicles.

The firm’s 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, features the Connected Car Corner, by InstallerNet, and a special session on the connected car-smart home crossover to examine the latest innovations in this market area and the opportunities for vendors, manufacturers, and service providers to extend their IoT solutions to the vehicle.

The Connected Car Corner, by InstallerNet, features innovations from Alpine, Owlcam, Reviver, SiriusXM, Support.com, VOXX, and Waylens, among others. Solutions on display include Android Auto and Apple Car Play, dash camera recording, customer lifecycle support, digital key control and license plate, driver scoring, remote engine start, radar detection, GPS navigation, safety and security features, voice activation, WiFi hotspot, and wireless backup camera.

The session “Connected Cars: Extension for the Smart Home” features the following speakers:

  • Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation
  • Jan-Philipp Gehrmann, Director, Head of Automotive Sales & Marketing Silicon Valley, NXP
  • Andy Hodge, CEO, Founder, Owl Cameras Inc.
  • Katie McMahon, VP and GM, SoundHound Inc.
  • Dr. Alan Messer, CTO, Mojio

“From a technology perspective, many of the building blocks are already in-place for cars to connect to the smart home; however, ensuring a simple, intuitive, easy-to-use interface is critical for a non-distracted driving experience,” said Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation. “While voice has made some great strides forward, the automobile environment has factors like road noise, fellow passengers, and noisy kids that don’t always make voice the right choice for a user interface. Aggregating the fragmented services into a simple, one-touch interface, like HomeLink Connect, will ensure the end user gets something they can actually use every day, in all conditions!”

“The interrelationships between our homes, devices, and vehicles are becoming smarter and more seamless,” said Jan-Philipp Gehrmann, Sr. Director, Head of Automotive Sales & Marketing Silicon Valley, NXP. “I look forward to joining the Premier Connected Home Conference to share more about these exciting developments and how new automotive technologies are making transport increasingly autonomous, safer, more environmentally sound, and securely connected.”

“Connected car is what’s next after the connected home. Just like it is in the home, video security is at the heart of what consumers and businesses need for their cars and trucks,” said Andy Hodge, CEO, Founder, Owl Cameras Inc.

“Our burgeoning global population is straining our housing supply worldwide. We must do everything we’re able to avoid a tangential energy crisis, and smart apartment technology is uniquely positioned to do so,” said Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT.

“With the adoption of voice AI technology in connected cars as a top priority in the automotive industry, we’re at a tipping point for leveraging voice across all industries,” said Katie McMahon, VP/GM, SoundHound. “I look forward to telling the story of how integrating voice AI into cars and other Internet of Things devices can vastly improve consumers’ customized experiences, as well as allow companies to maintain their own brands.”

“The smart home ecosystem is expanding rapidly,” said Dr. Alan Messer, CTO, Mojio. “As consumers realize the value of an increasingly connected lifestyle, innovative players like Mojio and Vivint are enabling the next generation of consumer IoT services that unite the capabilities of connected cars and smart homes to unlock enhanced safety, security, and convenience protection for the two most valuable assets – our homes and our cars.”

CONNECTIONS™ will host more than 650 high-level executives in an intimate networking environment and includes a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight designed to capture the complexity and opportunities in these interconnected markets.

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors include F-Secure, Alarm.com, Rapid Response Monitoring, Verisk, Amber, AmTrust Specialty Risk, Arlo, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Bitdefender, Cirrent, Firedome, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Mnubo, Oaks Labs, PassiveBolt, Redpine Signals, Schlage, Support.com, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics, Wi-Charge, Zigbee Alliance, Control4, Flo Technologies, Owlcam, Zen Ecosystems, HP, SAM Seamless Network, HelloTech, Inspire, and Alula. Connected Car Corner, by InstallerNet, will feature companies with specific solutions and technology for the connected car.

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates’ 23nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 21-23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com

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Parks Associates welcomes Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Great Call, to Connected Health Summit

Parks Associates welcomes Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Great Call, to Connected Health Summit | #TpromoCom #Event #Home #Monitor | Jones will deliver the keynote address at the sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness.

64% of consumer 50 and older are interested in home monitoring system that can sense emergencies and notify caretakers

Parks Associates today announced Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Great Call, as the first confirmed keynote speaker for the sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness, August 27-29 at the Pendry San Diego in San Diego, California. The firm’s independent living research finds 64% of heads of US broadband households 50 and older are interested in a home system that can sense emergencies and send out notifications.

Connected Health Summit will explore new strategies and innovations that will expand and improve independent living solutions for consumers and caretakers, including innovative monitoring and smart home solutions, and examine consumer adoption and usage of connected health technologies and key adjacencies between smart home, healthcare, and independent living ecosystems. Early Sponsors include HP, MDLIVE, Alarm.com, Freeus, Rapid Response Monitoring, and GiftCard Partners.

“The push to engage consumers outside of the facility, combined with advances in consumer technology, have created several distinct markets for connected health products and services,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “We expect to see the lines between these markets blur as care providers experiment with consumer devices as part of their remote patient monitoring programs and as consumer solutions integrate virtual care services into their offerings. Technology companies are now realizing the incredible opportunity to serve the growing market of seniors with devices and services that fit their unique needs and desires.”

Parks Associates research shows more than one-third of people in US broadband households are current caregivers or will be in the near future, and they rank emergency alerts as the most valuable home living feature.

“Many smart home solutions are well positioned to deliver on these key independent living use cases while also providing a valuable user experience to caretakers,” Parks said. “Great Call, recently acquired by Best Buy, is a leader in delivering independent living solutions, and we look forward to sharing insight with attendees on key adjacencies between the smart home and connected health.”

Topics:

  • Employee Wellness Programs and Consumer Engagement
  • AI in Health: Creating Personalized Insights
  • Choice in Care: Telehealth, Kiosks, and Retail Clinics
  • The Impact of MACRA and Telehealth Reimbursement for Connected Health
  • Enabling Independence: Addressing Seniors’ Health and Social Needs
  • Expanding Reach: Making Remote Patient Monitoring Work
  • The Role of Technology: Serving Social and Medical Needs
  • Innovation and Partnerships
  • IoT Integration: Effective Connected Health Partnerships
  • Senior Tech Channels: Home Service Providers, Builders, and In-home Care Agencies
  • Wearables: Crossing the Line from Consumer to Health Tech
  • Consumer Technology in Healthcare: Preparing for the Tech Giants
  • Innovation at Transformative Life Stages

Connected Health Summit provides industry players with in-depth analysis on the growth of the connected health device and solutions markets, with insights and implications for consumers, health providers, and payors. The event is focused on the emerging opportunities-and specifically on new consumer engagement strategies-for multiple industries.

Parks Associates is accepting submissions to speak at Connected Health Summit at www.parksassociates.com/chs-speak.

Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data,contact Sherrelle Lewis, sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About Connected Health Summit
Parks Associates’ sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness is an executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home.

Connected Health Summit provides insights on new business models, IoT technologies, consumer behaviors, and deployments relevant to consumer healthcare solutions. The conference addresses opportunities for new solutions, including smart home platforms, on-demand services, voice assistants, and wearables, to empower consumers, caregivers, and providers with new insight into patient health and to meet the growing demand for services in independent living, chronic care management, remote access to care, and wellness and fitness.

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Majority of Encrypted Email Clients Vulnerable to Signature Spoofing

Majority of Encrypted Email Clients Vulnerable to Signature Spoofing | #TpromoCom #Email #Encryption #Security | Researchers have found that encrypted emails are not always as secure as we might think. From more than two dozen popular encrypted email clients, they found that the majority are vulnerable to one or more signature spoofing attacks.

Good cryptography is nearly impossible to break with contemporary commercial computers — so attackers don’t often attempt to. Instead, they attack the implementation and use of cryptography, where the weaknesses are more often found. This is especially true for email, where the implementation of encrypted emails is particularly challenging.

Researchers from the Ruhr University Bochum and Munster University of Applied Sciences have investigated (PDF) the implementation of the two major email encryption standards, OpenPGP and S/MIME, and have found them largely wanting. While the use of encrypted emails is not widespread, wherever it is used is likely to secure valuable or particularly sensitive content. So, it is disturbing that the researchers found flaws in the design of many leading secure email clients. Fourteen out of 20 tested OpenPGP-capable clients, and 15 out of 22 clients supporting S/MIME were susceptible to digital signature spoofing.

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Investigator Says Amazon Chief’s Phone Hacked by Saudis

Investigator Says Amazon Chief’s Phone Hacked by Saudis | #TpromoCom #Amazon #Hacker #CyberSecurity | Everyone’s a target sometime when it comes to cybercrime. The art of avoidance where it involves hackers is certainly of great value as we move further into the 21st Century world of digital thuggery and political terrorism.

Here we have a high official with Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who’s cellphone was allegedly hacked by a foreign entity for what could be construed as an effort to uncover the identity of the individual that murdered a Saudi journalist. Bezos owns The Washington Post which investigated the murder.

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“Bezos hired Gavin de Becker & Associates to find out how his intimate text messages and photos made their way into the hands of the Enquirer, which reported on the Amazon chief’s extramarital affair, leading to his divorce,” says the author of the Security Week story below. The moral of the story is to trust no one, not even your own mobile device. —Al Colombo

The investigator hired to look into the release of intimate images of Jeff Bezos said Saturday he has concluded that Saudi Arabian authorities hacked the Amazon chief’s phone to access his personal data.

Gavin de Becker linked the hack to extensive coverage by The Washington Post newspaper, which is owned by Bezos, of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last year.

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Hackers Exploit Critical Flaws In Car Alarm Apps – What Drivers Need To Know

Hackers Exploit Critical Flaws In Car Alarm Apps – What Drivers Need To Know | #TpromoCom #Hackers #Auto #Car #Alarm | Researchers at the penetration testing specialists invested nearly £4,000 ($5,000) in high-end smart car alarms systems in order to put them to the test. Ken Munro, the founder of Pen Test Partners, explains that an advert by one of the vendors concerned and stating the system was unhackable had piqued interest initially. That’s never a great claim to make as any security expert will tell you that there is no such thing as being 100% secure.

Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer

“As we see more and more of what we have connect itself to the Internet, such as ordinary household appliances, we’re also going to see more hacking. Unless we do something to stop this hacking, the world of IoT will become a nightmare for all of us,” says Al Colombo, Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom of Canton, Ohio. “When are we going to learn NOT to put critical infrastructure on the Internet for our enemies, both foreign and domestic, to diddle with? How many billions of dollars and people’s vocational means of making a living must be lost before we learn?”

The vulnerabilities were not even that hard to uncover and enabled the researchers to use the legitimate account of one user to access the profiles of others. This was because one simple ‘modify user’ request in the code was not being correctly checked for validation. Once accessed they were able to change the user passwords and take control of the account, and the car it related to.  Written by Davey Winder with Forbes.

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