Networked Globe Briefing – 3 March 2014

With Mobile Word Congress and Embedded World over, the industry took a break over the weekend with the only notable news being Cisco’s announcement of a security challenge for the Internet of Things.

The Cisco Security Grand Challenge is looking for practical proposals to solve security problems in industries that are going to be affected by the Internet of Things on an everyday basis.

Writing on the company’s blog; the Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Security Group, Christopher Young, gave examples of what sort of entries might be eligible: “For example, in the healthcare sector, it’s easy to imagine how Internet-connected devices and systems are revolutionizing patient care”

“In the transportation sector, technologists are already connecting vehicles and their subsystems to the Internet. It is also, unfortunately, too easy to imagine how these world-changing developments could go terribly wrong when attacked or corrupted by bad actors.”

Entries are open until June 17, 2014 and the judges will be looking for proposals that the following criteria;

  • Feasibility, scalability, performance, and ease-of-use
  • Applicability to address multiple IoT verticals (manufacturing, mass transportation, healthcare, oil and gas, smart grid, etc.)
  • Technical maturity/viability of proposed approach
  • Proposers’ expertise and ability to feasibly create a successful outcome

Up to six recipients will win prizes ranging from US$50,000 to US$75,000 and the winning ideas will be announced at the Internet of Things World Forum later this year.

About the author

Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.