The ongoing tsunami of Internet-of-Things (IoT) is giving hackers an easy way to burrow deeper into our lives as never before.

In February 2015, 78.8 million of Anthem customers were hacked. This has been the largest healthcare breach so far, and it opened the floodgates on a landmark year. According to the Office for Civil Rights of Health and Human Services, more than 113 million medical records were compromised in 2015.

This security disaster was further validated by Gemalto, whose report on data breach worldwide for the first half of 2015 showed that the healthcare industry is taking the lead with 84.4 million total records lost.

As the IoT continues to grow to an estimated 50 billion of connected devices by 2020, Internet-enabled systems will become increasingly attractive targets for cyber attacks. If we know that virtually everything can and will be connected to the Internet, we have to recognize its corollary statement: everything that can be connected to the Internet can also be hacked. Thus, as people are making more and more information about themselves available online, by means of any kind of device connected to the Internet, there’s going to be more and more data available for cybercriminals to steal and exploit. The IoT opportunity hinges on security, which must become the core of the IoT value proposition.

Topic chair: Prof. Nicola Dragoni