Concerns about IOT Security Starts Initiatives and Alliances



Within this year, we would see hundreds of billions of devices expected to be connected to internet connecting our lives, homes, commute, shopping, transportations etc. etc. All of these, whether call it Internet of Things or Internet of Everything, will be potentially putting everything about us and everything of us on internet. When Facebook connected went beyond connecting friends but also putting all about us online to be learnt, profiled and targeted, it of course became huge privacy concern for all of us. But IoT goes much beyond, it is no more informational, but if  hacked,  can be controlled.

There are three main issues: First, any devices connected to

First, any devices connected to internet, would potentially be monitored. If you are putting cameras in all the rooms so that you can monitor your teenager or intruder remotely from your office, the same cameras can be potentially monitored by hackers, and if you are unlucky, then by anti-social people including thieves and terrorists.

Second, the devices can be subjected to Denial of Service attack hence they would not perform as expected.

Third, more dangerous, is they can be controlled. Once, their control plane is hacked in, the devices can be controlled. Whether your self driving car, or your home entrance door or oven, if they can be controlled by you, they can be controlled by others too. Wouldn’t it be scary.

Of course, traditional security measures are getting appropriated for devices, their OS, communication etc. Multi-level, authentications, authorizations followed with encryptions, key and secrets managements are getting in from devices, to OS, to transports to controls.

This need spurring a lot of initiatives along with partnerships, at the RSA Conference last week in San Francisco,  Intel partnered with Intercede, UK-based digital identity and credentials expert.  To protect the transfer of data between devices and cloud and web servers, Symantec is partnering with  Cryptosoft. Symantec claims have already embedded security in over one billion devices. For protecting ‘connected Car’, WISeKey, a Swiss cyber security company, and bright box  announced an alliance to protect connected cars.


Team Matters for the Success of Startup

In TechCrunch blog ” How To Found, Grow and Sell”, a startup wisdom from GamesThatGive’s Adam Archar has been captured. Though the blog stresses importance of co-founder, advisers, investors and supportive significant other, it can be summarized into one : Team that matters. And in startup the team is not limited to founders and employees but also includes :

  • advisors,
  •  investors,
  • spouses,
  • lawyers,
  • designers
  • financial advisors
  • and network
  • etc.

Harry Potter magic in action : Smoothly transform an image into a video

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Do you want to get experience of Harry Potter movie? Aurasma from Autonomy has something to show..

Thanks to Larry Magid for bringing this cool app to our notice via Huff post.

While it looks cool, it is not a great tech evolution in my mind. It is an innovative combination of image matching and user driven correlation of images to videos. One can tag an image and link to a video and , then any one pointing to the same image can see the magic transforming the image into the corresponding video. I am yet to have access of this to evaluate further and comment with a proper knowledge. The next step in this innovation would be if there is an automatic correlation of image to video. It would require an image to be matched with any / some video frames and then correlated without a need of tagging user.

However, even without this automatic correlation of an image to a video, the app is still a good application, especially in today’s Web2.0 world, there is an upsurge in crowd contribution in content. WikiPedia, various review sites, rating sites etc. depend on the average web user becoming a content contributor. So, if a large number of users do this tagging, this Application can find a great success. And today’s world of virality, if it catches the crowd imagination, we should see a great success story. And I would have my own contribution to it by triggering some virality via this blog entry 🙂

Startup Bootcamp was very succesful

The Startup Bootcamp organized by us (GITPRO on 26th March in the bay area was very successful. Since it was being arranged in a short time of less than a month, I was bit concerned about attendance. Especially because this was our first program exclusively focused on startups. But it turned out to be a successful program that was overwhelmingly attended. The attendance was 100+ (sorry for bit inconvenience for the last dozen of attendees who had seats way back).

Since I am going through my startup experience once again, I was convinced that there is a need to have a guidance from successful entrepreneurs and experts who have done it. The program had topics that are relevant to all early stage startups! For example, “Lessons learnt in starting and selling a startup” (Shan Sinha, founded Docverse and sold to Google in May 2010), “Building Product and team with Startup DNA” (Edwin Khodabakchin, serial entrepreneur, first sold to Netscape, next – Collaxa to Oracle and now working on Feedly), “Raising Funds from Angels and VCs (Kamal Gunsagar- TIE Angels and Ash Dhar from Horizon Ventures, Paul Gulati – Khosha Group),”Moon-lighting to Merger&Acquisition” (Inderpreet Sawhney- The Chugh Firm), Viral mareting ( but it became as Virality with Roohit  by Rohit ).

We got very positive feedback on this session. I am now thinking what could be the next for this “Startup” track in GITPRO? We do not want to be repeating what TIE does, but we need to do distinctly what the early stage startups really need. Any ideas? Send email or add  comments..