IoT security: University creates new labels for devices to increase awareness for consumers

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What if you could compare security on IoT devices, similar to nutrition labels, before you buy them? One organization is trying to make that happen.

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TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Lorrie Cranor, director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in security and privacy technologies of CyLab and the FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, about security in Internet of Things (IoT) devices for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.SEE: Identity theft protection policy (TechRepublic Premium)Karen Roby: October is national Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I think it’s great that each year this is gaining more and more traction as more people are starting to understand the importance of cybersecurity and attempting to even understand how to keep themselves or their companies safe. One of the big things that you’ve done a lot of research on and are working on right now is IoT privacy labels. Let’s just start with what they are and how you think this is going to help folks.Lorrie Cranor: One of the things we’ve observed is that there are a lot of concerns about the security and privacy …

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