Tuesday, April 23, 2013

IoT, IPv6: IT Issues? Security Problems? Anything?

A recent issue of Networkworld teased The Internet of Things: Coming to a Network Near You on its cover.

We’ve been following, and publishing books on, IoT for a long time now. Speakers at last week’s Infosecworld mentioned IoT, along with Smart Grid, in sessions and keynotes. My question is, does anyone really know or care? Based on readership of articles and excerpts we’ve published and book sales, I’d say no.

Yet, like IPv6, another topic that doesn’t seem important to many people, IoT is going to become an IT problem, and an major security issue as well. It’s not just your smart refrigerator telling you to pick up milk on the way home from work. As the Smart Grid rolls out with essentially billions of sensor nodes, and vehicular networks, bandwidth demands will jump sharply and Big Data will inundate everything.

As a test, here are some books, articles, and excerpts covering IoT, IPv6, and Smart Grid. I’m going to monitor to see if there’s any increase in interest.

Articles and Excerpts
Internet of Things: A Context-Awareness Perspective
http://www.ittoday.info/Articles/Internet-of-Things/Internet-of-Things.pdf
The Internet of Things in the Cloud: A Middleware Perspective
http://www.ittoday.info/Articles/Middleware_IoT.htm
Communication Middleware for the Internet of Things
http://www.ittoday.info/Articles/Middleware_IoT.htm
Smart Grids
http://www.ittoday.info/Articles/Smart_Grid.htm
Basic IPv6 Security Considerations
http://www.infosectoday.com/Articles/Basic_IPv6_Security_Considerations.htm

Books

Unit and Ubiquitous Internet of Things
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466561663
The Internet of Things in the Cloud: A Middleware Perspective
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439892992
The Internet of Things: From RFID to the Next-Generation Pervasive Networked Systems
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781420052817
Security in an IPv6 Environment
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781420092295
IPv6: An Introduction and Overview
http://www.ittoday.info/Articles/Migration-to-Ipv6/Migration-to-Ipv6.htm
Handbook of IPv4 to IPv6 Transition: Methodologies for Institutional and Corporate Networks
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780849385162