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Keeping your part of the IoT safe
By Ondrej Vlcek, CEO, Avast
The Internet of Things is vast, complex, and filled with risk – but network security can simplify it
Around the world, the millions of internet-connected gifts we exchanged over the holidays have been set up, making our homes “smarter.” And less secure.
Alexa, play scary music.
Relax. The robot dogs who can bark in six languages and the smart fridges that can file your taxes are not plotting against you in the middle of the night. That sci-fi Hollywood trope does us a disservice. The Internet of Things is much more interesting than that.
It is vast, diverse, and filled with weak credentials. Recently news broke about a leak of a massive list of Telnet login credentials for more than 500,000 servers, home routers, and smart devices, leaving them vulnerable to attack.
On that day, Avast Threat Labs saw cybercriminals attempt to access the Telnet port of our 500+ honeypots around the world 347,476 times. This shows that bots are constantly searching for weak internet connected devices to infect and add to their botnets.
The IoT is complicated – it’s not a simplistic Hollywood cliche. It’s a vast ecosystem of millions of unique vulnerabilities. But your part of it can be simple.
Our researchers at Avast worked with colleagues at Stanford University to analyze user-contributed scans of 16 million homes and 83 million devices. (No personally identifiable information was ever involved.) The researchers found two things all of us should understand.
First, there isn’t one Internet of Things – there are many. For instance, surveillance cameras are most popular in South and Southeast Asia, work devices such as fax machines prevail in East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and home assistants are uniquely present in North America. That’s not one simple ecosystem; it’s a patchwork of wild diversity. And there is a distressing lack of standardization in the devices.
Second, the greatest risk likely doesn’t come from your shiny new devices, but from your dusty forgotten ones. (Although every single one should be set up with a unique password, and don’t forget about your router.) That old printer in the corner of your office may be like a broken backdoor into your network. Part of the Hollywood misconception is that the smarter devices are, the more dangerous they are – think menacing robot geniuses. Sophistication typically has nothing to do with risk. Any connected device with weak security can make your entire home or office vulnerable.
I’ve called the Internet of Things a ticking time bomb, but in the interests of a more optimistic new decade, I’d like to amend that a bit. Think about each of your wired devices as a tool – because that’s what it is. Even IoT toys do the “work” of providing fun.
Don’t leave your tools out in the yard. A kid could step on that saw. Some stranger could pick up that hammer and smash your windows. Your IoT devices can be like powerful tools strewn around – and are potentially dangerous.
What you need – what we all need – is a secure toolkit. That’s what Avast has built with our new, CES-recognized Omni – an easy-to-use network solution for any home.
The IoT is complicated – it’s not a simplistic Hollywood cliche, but a vast ecosystem of millions of unique vulnerabilities. Your part of it can be simple, however, if you can get all your smart devices in one place. And we can help with that.
Media Release: 24 January 2020
Foxtel appoints Saatchi & Saatchi as creative agency
Foxtel today announced the appointment of Saatchi & Saatchi as its strategic advertising and creative agency.
Kieren Cooney, Foxtel’s Chief Marketing and Sales Officer said: “We have created new momentum at Foxtel over the past two years through major innovations which provide our customers the best in TV and on demand, all in one place.
“These include our advanced iQ3/4 set top boxes, Ultra HD channels, the New Foxtel Experience user interface including the integration of streaming apps such as Netflix and ABC iview, a complete refresh of our traditional channels along with huge increases in on demand content, and the launch of our Foxtel First loyalty program.
“These innovations are just the start of providing our customers with a completely new experience of Foxtel and giving Australians even more reasons to choose us.
“Now is the right time to bring all this to life in our brand and we are very pleased to appoint Saatchi & Saatchi as our brand and advertising partner.
“In making the change, we also want to acknowledge the great work that DDB have produced for us in recent years including the iconic I want it all campaign. While now is the right time for a change, the team at DDB have been a great partner for us and we thank them for their contribution.”
Saatchi & Saatchi Australia CEO Anthony Gregorio said: “It’s an honour to work on an iconic brand with the rich heritage of Foxtel. We feel like they’re coming home, as our previous work for Fox Sports is something we’re still proud of to this day. Their vision for the future is exciting and we are delighted to be part of it.”
Saatchi & Saatchi’s appointment follows a multi-agency agency review conducted by Foxtel over recent months.
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SYDNEY, 23 January 2020 – FUJIFILM has achieved a place on the “CDP*1 Climate Change A List,” winning the highest level of recognition awarded to companies for their efforts against climate change
FUJIFILM Holdings is one of 179 high-performing companies out of over 8,000 companies that were scored.
CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognised as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2019, investors with over US$96 trillion in assets requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. It is also used in environmental assessment for the world’s major Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indices, indicators for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment. In 2017, Fujifilm was named on “CDP Water A List” for its action following on water resources management.
FUJIFILM Holdings is actively promoting actions on climate change based on its strong belief, upheld since its foundation, that “environmental conservation is at the core of Fujifilm’s corporate activities.” Under its CSR plan “Sustainable Value Plan 2030 (SVP2030),” the company strives to reduce the CO2 emissions across the entire lifecycle of products and at the same time, contribute to CO2 emissions reduction in society by encouraging wider use of the company’s low-emission products and services.
Actions on climate change
Reducing CO2 emissions across the entire product lifecycle from material procurement to product manufacturing, transportation, use and disposal
• The SVP2030 sets the numerical target of “reducing CO2 emission across the entire lifecycle of Fujifilm products by 30% by fiscal year ending March 2031 (FY2031/3) compared to the FY2014/3 level.” This target has been certified by “Science Based Targets initiative”*2 , an international environmental initiative.
• In FY2019/3, Fujifilm has significantly reduced CO2 emissions by 22% from the FY2014/3 level through active initiatives including the promotion of efficient energy use in the “manufacturing” stage of product lifecycle.
• In January 2019, Fujifilm set its target for renewable energy usage. The target is to “switch to electricity derived from renewable resources to account for 50% of its overall purchased electricity by FY2031/3. The company further aims to achieve zero carbon emissions in all of the energies used by FY2051/3, by switching 100% of purchased electricity to renewable energies and adopting the latest technologies such as using hydrogen fuel for in-house power generation systems. It globally promotes the introduction of renewable energies such as solar energy and wind power.
• In April 2019, Fujifilm joined the “RE100”*3 , an international initiative that brings together companies committed to using 100% renewable electricity in business operations. Through joining the initiative, the company has presented its unique approach to zero carbon, striving to lead the global charge on achieving a non-carbon society.
Contributing to CO2 emissions reduction in society by encouraging wider use of the company’s low-emission products and services
• The SVP2030 sets the numerical target of “contributing to reduction in CO2 emissions in our society by 50 million tons by FY2031/3.” The target aims to reduce CO2 emissions in society by the level equal to or greater than the cumulative amount of CO2 emissions Fujifilm products generate across their life cycle between FY2018/3, when the target was set, and FY2031/3.
• In order to accelerate this initiative, Fujifilm Group introduced the “Green Value Products” certification program in FY2019/3, extending certification to Fujifilm products and services that meet certain criteria concerning environmental considerations for the society. It evaluates environmental value of its products and services based on their features and how they are used by customers. The program aims to further enhance the creation of environmental friendly products.
Fujifilm Group will continue to actively work toward resolving climate issues and promote information disclosure through CDP and other organizations, thereby contributing to the establishment of a sustainable society.
• *1 CDP is a global non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$96 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts.
• *2 Established in September 2014, the Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), which helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. It aims at promoting science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
• *3 RE100 is an initiative run by the Climate Group, an international NPO focused on accelerating global climate actions, in partnership with CDP. It consists of companies that have made a commitment to go 100% renewable in electricity used in their business activities.