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Security Shield: A Label to Educate Consumers and Promote Sustainable Cybersecurity

January 28, 2019 Cybersecurity , IoT , white paper

Last year, we published a white paper recommending stakeholders improve cybersecurity and foster innovation by drawing upon time-tested principles from sustainability management. The paper observed that transitioning to a sustainable approach to cybersecurity embraces the principles of shared responsibility and collective action, frames business costs associated with improved security as an investment in the internet ecosystem, encourages broad adoption of risk-management practices, and supports consumer engagement.

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ITU’s Plenipot: What Happened

November 28, 2018 Cybersecurity , Internet Governance , ITU , Plenipot , Privacy

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations (UN) agency originally created in 1865 to manage cross-national telegraphic communications, and is increasingly seen by its member states as the technology policy branch of the UN system. While to date it is formally responsible only for telecommunications issues, in recent years the ITU has hosted a global summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), organized a workshop on e-payments and 5G, held a forum on the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, studied the economic impact of the so-called Over-The-Top (OTT) internet services such as WhatsApp or YouTube, developed a global cybersecurity index, and analyzed privacy in cloud computing. That, on top of ITU’s fundamental mandate and ongoing work to help connect the hundreds of millions who are still unconnected.

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Creating A Cybersecurity “Energy Star”

July 20, 2018 consumer choice , Cybersecurity , sustainability

Although a cybersecurity labeling system similar to Energy Star should prove valuable, we still have some questions to answer, chiefly: What would such a system look like? Who would run it? And how would someone earn the label?

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A Security Baseline for Consumer IoT Devices Will Help to Foster a Sustainable IoT Ecosystem

July 10, 2018 Cybersecurity , Internet of Things , IoT

As we have previously outlined in detail, sustainability management provides a useful conceptual framework for crafting forward-looking cybersecurity policy. A sustainable approach to cybersecurity involves, among other things, acknowledging that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, framing business choices that prioritize security as investments, and engaging broadly in risk management practices. The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem has reached (or, arguably, passed) an inflection point in its development, and a sustainability-based security baseline for consumer-facing IoT is past due.

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With the Rise of Connected Cars, Automakers Must Address Cybersecurity Threats to Consumers

June 21, 2018 Connected Cars , Cybersecurity , IoT

In a late-May vehicle safety review, Consumer Reports noticed a problem with the new Tesla Model 3’s brake performance: It stopped more like a truck than a sedan. Within days Elon Musk’s company was able to identify the issue and resolve it through an over-the-air (OTA) update.

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