The 5th Annual IoT Security Foundation Conference is a one-day event that takes place on 26th November at the ILEC Conference Centre, London. The Annual IoTSF Conference has built a loyal global following from the IoT stakeholder communities and is renowned for delivering high-quality conference programmes.

Andy Jones, Distinguished Analyst at the ISF, will be a guest speaker on the day discussing IoT challenges in the maritime sector. Andy’s talk will explore how IoT has started to transform a previously disconnected industry and explain how IoT is both adding value and becoming a critical component of shipping operations.

The era of IoT describes the world as it transforms to be ever-digital and increasingly connected. Along with the power of digital comes the reciprocal cyber threat, and we continue to witness a number of attacks enabled by-products that lack protection against well-known exploits, have been badly configured or suffer from poor maintenance. This causes businesses to be hesitant, concerns governments, increases the likelihood of regulation and ultimately frustrates markets.

Vendors must build secure, purchasers must buy secure, and users must be secure: to be without security in a digital world is not an option. Society and industry need to fight back as no one should design, should buy, or should use a connected product, service or system that lacks fit-for-purpose security.

Yet there are no ‘one-size fits all’ security solutions – they are dependent on the application. Most of the attacks we see today can be effectively defended against, many by relatively simple measures. Organisations need to be informed, the solutions presented, choices made, and those choices need to be in keeping with their business context.

Andy is a Distinguished Analyst for the Information Security Forum. He is currently responsible for research topics associated with industrial controls systems, including the internet of things. As an experienced practitioner, he has previously held CISO positions for Maersk Line, Unilever and Sainsbury’s supermarkets, as well as information security positions in British Airways. Andy maintains his activity in the maritime industry, participating in thought leadership initiatives and presenting at maritime events.