Security experts emphasize the need for better security for Internet of Things

The predominant theme at the DigiCert Security Summit Nov. 12–13 in Las Vegas was improving the usability of security solutions for the Internet of Things, (IoT), enterprises and end-users. 

“If we want people to be safer online, we need to find tools and methods that already fit within users’ workflows,” said Runa Sandvik, security researcher. “If we try to force them to change how they work, they won’t use it.”

Many of the discussions at the Security Summit focused on protecting data in the era of the IoT, as the number of connected objects and devices is expected to increase exponentially in the next five years.

“The IoT introduces a new scale for security, one that we’re prepared to help organizations efficiently implement,” said Jason Sabin, DigiCert chief security officer. “Express, automated installation and real-time certificate monitoring and inspection provide organizations the scalabilities, efficiencies and real-time insights into their systems that make strong security of devices and data in motion feasible.

"Leading organizations know that device authentication and data encryption are must-haves for the IoT era.”

One of the areas most affected by the IoT is health care, where the consequences of connecting networked medical devices with inherent security flaws, or devices that are not properly configured, may prove more catastrophic than in other industries.

Protiviti Associate Director Scott Erven, a security researcher who has spent several years researching medical device vulnerabilities, told conference attendees that securing networked medical devices is a shared responsibility between device manufacturers and the health care clinics, hospitals and other facilities that use them.

“To keep up with evolving security threats, industry must collaborate to strengthen policies, improve trustworthiness and introduce new technologies that meet the needs of the IoT and emerging markets,” said Jeremy Rowley, DigiCert VP of business development and legal.

Utah leads the Intermountain West in wage growth and industry earnings

A recent study shows Utah wages rank very competitively in the Intermountain West region.

When comparing Utah’s wages against the national average, Utah has a higher percentage of growth in every industry except one.

“We are pleased to see that Utah’s wages are comparing very well to our neighboring states,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. “This shows that Utah is not only the best state to do business, but it is also a great state to make a living.

"GOED’s mission is to ultimately improve quality of life for our residents, and good wages are a critical part of that.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce released updated data sets through 2014 on Industry Earnings and Wages on Sept. 30. The data was research in-depth to find how Utah compares in wage compensation to neighboring states in the Intermountain region, which comprises seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

From those comparisons, Utah ranked in the top one or two spots from 2010 to 2014 in seven out of 10 industry sectors. Utah ranked first in “total private sector wages,” leading the Intermountain West region with 25.8 percent growth within the past five years.

“What is even more impressive about the comparison is that Utah’s wages follow our industry earnings very closely,” said Ben Hart, managing director of business services at GOED. “When we compare the national wages and industry earnings to Utah’s wages and industry earnings we see less impressive growth on the national level.

"An important indicator for a healthy economy is efficient, sustainable growth. This data reaffirms that Utah has one of the healthiest and most robust economies in the country.”

Utah wage growth ranks first in retail trades, health care, and professional, scientific and technical services industries. In other industries such as construction, financial, wholesale trades and accommodation/food services, Utah’s wages come in second in the Intermountain region. The state ranked third in manufacturing, fifth in transport and warehousing, and fourth in oil, gas and mining.

Utah is above the national average in every industry sector except oil, gas and mining. A quick analysis of the data shows the top three states in each category in the Intermountain West region collectively ranks above the national average 70 percent of the time.

Karissa Neely reports on Business & Community events, and can be reached at (801) 344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely