Showing posts from November, 2019

Personal Interest - 1970s Oil Crisis and Alternative Energy Research

Introduction With calls for greater and more urgent action to decarbonise our way of life to counter the climate emergency mirrors in some way the mindset that saw research and action that happened when the 1970s oil and energy crisis broke out. Though while most of those actions were not steps to reduce carbon emissions but to end dependency on OPEC they also aligned with the first awareness of climate change brought about by rising CO2 in the atmosphere and the beginnings of the need to be more environmentally conscious. This post will examine some of the projects that were started in the 70s and the effect they have on us today. Background Between October 1973 and March 1974 the price of oil quadrupled, thanks to the October/Yom Kipper war between Israel and her  neighbours   the rising power of Opec and the boycott  organised  by a group of Arab states.  Suddenly political leaders in the West scrambled to find solutions to what became defined as “the energy crisis”. Citizen

Balancing requirements of Security, Usability and Functionality within IoT

Introduction This blog post shows the content that was presented at ETSI IoT Week 2019. It is b ased on the work of ETSI User-Group and how their work links to the world of IoT. It will also be based on previous work that has been carried out by the ETSI Cyber-Group. Part of this post will focus on the areas of security, privacy, GDPR, data protection and single-sign-on technologies. These areas will be presented from the User-Group perspective.   The other part will focus on usability and functionality of IoT devices with how design choices can impact security and vice versa. Along, with how standards have the potential to aid in balancing these three elements.  Problem Space The majority of IoT devices coming onto the market are designed to be low-cost and simple to use as possible. But this leads to a compromised design with security and privacy protections often being neglected. Therefore, we need to able to develop guidelines and requirements for IoT devices which hav