Cisco has announced a global and industry-wide initiative to bring the Security community and Researchers together to contribute in securing the Internet of Things (IoT) and launched a contest called the "Internet of Things Grand Security Challenge", offering prizes of up to $300,000 for winners.
Since Smart devices are growing at an exponential pace with increase in connecting devices embedded in cars, retail systems, refrigerators, televisions and countless other things people use in everyday life and is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020. So, in an effort to deliver the security solutions necessary to protect the increasing range of connected devices in the Internet of Things, Cisco has challenged security experts around the world.
- 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 the proposed approach
- Proposers’ expertise and ability to feasibly create a successful outcome
So, in future the "Internet of Things" can become an easy weapon for cyber criminals to launch large scale of cyber attacks and to protect ourselves, we should have a good and effective security solution, in which Cisco is contributing a way.