We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

It seems everything is connected to the Internet: socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a role in shaping our future, we need to get a few things right. The statement “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” has never been more applicable. At the events and conferences I’ve attended this year, it’s clear that while everything is getting connected, few things are actually connected.
Some of you may recall the term “network of networks.” We are in real danger of making the same mistake again — only this time on a massive scale. With IoT, we are not taking full advantage of the Metcalfe effect where value increases exponentially as more things are connected. Instead, we are creating islands of technology.

By Dave Evans
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Human Generated Passwords - the Impacts of Password Requirements and Presentation Styles

The generation stage of the user password management lifecycle is arguably the most important yet perilous step. Fulfilling minimum length and character type requirements while attempting to create something memorable can become an arduous task, leaving the users frustrated and confused. Our study focuses on two areas ‹ password requirements and formatting, and examines the differences in user performance to understand the human password generation space. The results show a clear drop in performance when users generate passwords following a complex rule set as opposed to a simple rule set, with fewer passwords, more errors, and longer times for rule comprehension and password generation. Formatted rule presentation shows promising results that may facilitate user password generation. Findings from this study will contribute to a better understanding of the user password generation stage and shed light on future development of password policies balancing security and usability.

Authors: Paul Y. Lee; Yee-Yin Choong
Source: http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=917941