Posts Tagged: IoT

Changing Your Data Security Tactics for the Internet of Things

August 29, 2017
By Jessica Weber

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The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has introduced new complexities into the web of network security, and the approach to security has to change to accommodate that. In previous posts we've talked about predictive analytics and changing security policies for the digital revolution of IoT, but what exactly is going to change in the realm of data security? Well, according to most technology sources, almost everything.

The Game Changer

The biggest problem with security in the IoT is that hackers are coming up with new ways to commandeer and take down IoT devices everyday. This "guerrilla warfare" method is not traditional because it can come from almost any angle (within the corporate data system, attacks on the actual device, etc), so a pattern of attack is hard to establish and then look for within the system. Commercialized products for general public consumption are especially vulnerable because as the products are developed they are often pushed to market before their security features have been fully tested. The agile method of releasing and then reiterating is good for making progress and getting user feedback, but can leave devices vulnerable to attack. There are, however, several ways to combat these security vulnerabilities.

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Transform Your Security Policy for the IoT

August 17, 2017
By Jessica Weber

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In a previous blog we mentioned the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is changing the approach towards cybersecurity. Predictive analytics is increasingly becoming an integral part of the security game, as companies invested in IoT use analytics to identify attacks before they happen, an important step in the evolution of security. As IoT continues to increase its share of the IT market and also changes the way we use technology in everyday life, we must adjust our cybersecurity policies to take into account this fundamental shift in security needs.

IoT is also a big driver in the digital transformation of company infrastructure, as organizations respond to the changing needs and demands of their customers for more technology integration. In fact, research findings published by Inmarsat say that IoT has become the leading reason for digital transformation and is the number one priority for 92% of organizations.

As companies go through digital transformation and incorporate IoT, they need to keep security top-of-mind. Gartner states that "by 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will suffer major service failures due to the inability of IT security teams to manage digital risk". Organizations cannot afford to have long periods of downtime due to cyberattacks...

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Predictive Analytics and Virus Research Have More in Common Than We Think

July 20, 2017
By Jessica Weber

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The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses many avenues and aspects of modern technology and life. Our devices have enabled us to become a more connected society because they have been designed specifically to connect to one another. But with this connection comes many challenges. As data is shared between the ever-expanding network of "smart" devices, we have to look at how we can protect that data in ways we haven't previously had to.

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things is basically a network of connected devices. Or as one Forbes writer excellently described it: "...the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.". When we talk about IoT, we're talking about the revolution of technology-driven smart devices that have changed the way we live, work, and play. As more and more devices are developed and connected, there are just as many questions and issues that come into...

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Preventing Customer-Impacting Incidents Using the Power of Data

February 13, 2017
By Ryan Kirk, PhD., Principal Data Scientist, CenturyLink Cloud


A previous post discussed our approach to real-time anomaly detection. Recalling that for every unique stream of data, we predicted what the actual value should be. Then, if an actual value was different than our expectations, we flagged it as anomalous. Combining this anomaly detection approach with our real-time, faceted dashboard allows analysts to easily pinpoint areas of the cloud infrastructure that behave peculiarly.

This article expands on anomaly detection and dives into further detail on how to use data to detect and prevent customer-impacting events from taking place. Additionally, we’ll discuss how we further automate the analysts’ search process, determine the presence of customer impact, and integrate our predictions within the rest of the business to facilitate resolution. This post will cover:

  • The similarities and differences in the lifecycle of data science and that of system architects
  • How we detect the presence of unknown events
  • How to determine whether an event is potentially impacting
  • How to integrate this information into business’ operations

The Lifecycle of Data Science

There are at least as many definitions of data science as there are data scientists. At its core, data science requires both data and science. This means that these professionals are intimately familiar with extracting, cleaning, processing, and analyzing data....

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Detecting and acting upon anomalous events in an IoT network

December 7, 2016
By Ryan Kirk, PhD., Principal Data Scientist, CenturyLink Cloud


CenturyLink Cloud facilitates real-time, data-driven, situational analysis through real-time anomaly detection at a global scale.

Many practitioners and researchers are familiar with cloud computing. However, a seldom-discussed aspect of this industry is the way that we use data to operate business. From operations to marketing, our decision-makers rely on timely, accurate data about our ecosystem that they can use to make both short- and long-term decisions.

This blog discusses the analytical side of cloud computing. It covers the global landscape of thousands of interconnected devices. Additionally, it discusses how we at CenturyLink use data from these to help inform how we manage a healthy cloud ecosystem. Finally, it describes one of the analytical techniques that CenturyLink Cloud uses to achieve real-time, situational awareness about the health of every device. In particular, we will cover the following topics:

  • What data do we collect?
  • How do we make use of this data?
  • How do we create smart alerts?
  • How does all of this drive value and impact our business?

Dragnet the Infrastructure, not the Consumer

Collecting signals from every smart device results in a data lake that contains many types of signals. This digital data exhaust represents the only tangible artifacts we have to describe the interactions of customers...

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Obstacles to Better Broadband in Rural Communities

August 30, 2016
By Jessica Weber


It's easy to lose perspective when you're working with and using technology. Something that seems so simple and fast, like transferring a file, requires a lot of "behind-the-scenes" work to happen. There's the physical limitations -- does the network even reach my location? -- and there's also resource limitations -- is there enough staff or money to make file transfers in this area a reality?

In a world where the Internet of Things (IOT) is becoming a common commodity and people in urban areas expect fast transfer speeds and instant data access, there are those outside the urban bubble, mainly rural communities, that still face a number of challenges to making fast and reliable data transfer a reality.

There are many reasons that these rural communities need faster and more reliable broadband connections. The infrastructure of a community relies heavily on the speedy communication between staff. Whether it be to put out a fire or respond to an emergency situation, people need to communicate quickly and efficiently. This is especially important in the realm of health care. Rural communities have a difficult time upgrading the technologies that would grant them faster access to health care specialists, who are most likely located in...

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Your Applications on Any Cloud, Across Many Clouds

August 16, 2016
By Ross Gray


Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how they leverage our platform to enable customer success. This week’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Ross Gray, VP at Cloudsoft

Cloudsoft Application Management Platform (AMP) is software which streamlines the development and operation of applications. AMP orchestrates services, platforms, and infrastructures to ensure they directly meet the needs of applications, dynamically and in real time. This results in more reliable operations, productive development, and greater agility for IT to respond to their business needs. Now, Cloudsoft AMP is available on the CenturyLink Platform via Blueprint. CenturyLink Cloud works with Cloudsoft to provide agility and reliability throughout the application lifecycle, and provide users with the ability to build applications across any cloud, or across many clouds.

Behind the Cloud AMP Technology

AMP is built on a foundation of Apache Brooklyn, Clocker, Apache jclouds and other open source technologies. AMP collects and packages the open source projects Apache Brooklyn and Clocker. AMP’s autonomic policy-based management transforms cloud operations and liberates applications from infrastructure, allowing you to mix-and-match bare metal, virtual machines and containers.

Cloud AMP utilizes autonomic computing, a framework which allows...

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Scaling Cloud Prediction in the Age of IoT

July 26, 2016
By Ryan Kirk, Principal Data Scientist, PhD.

IoT Connect

The IoT landscape is complex and is becoming more involved and broad by the day. To put it simply, the Internet of Things (IoT) describes a technological landscape where many interconnected devices simultaneously create signals, track and record data, and produce reports and logs. These devices can be consumer-driven instruments such as cell phones, fitness trackers, smart home appliances, etc. They can also be industrial devices; for example, wind turbines, energy grid devices, freight GPS applications, or cloud computing devices. Both consumer and industrial devices operating within the IoT produce data reports that are used to drive behavior and business, especially in the cloud.

As such, cloud computing is both a curator and a creator of these large data sets. As one of one of the world’s largest cloud computers, CenturyLink Cloud actively monitors millions of incoming signals from the devices that constitute this cloud ecosystem.

As with other marketplaces, cloud computing benefits from the insights that big data solutions can provide. There are several classes of internal business problems cloud retailers face. At a high level these are:


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How the IoT is Changing the Freight Industry

May 11, 2016
By Jonathan Townsend


Noted entrepreneur, investor, author, public speaker, and Internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk once addressed an audience member's comparison of his innovative idea and service as the 'Uber of a burgeoning industry' by interjecting with a simple, yet valid statement: "Everybody is calling everything the Uber of everything." Regarding the impacts the Internet of Things (IoT) has on many industries, such comparisons have become day-to-day realities in the 21st century.

As an industry-affecting concept, the IoT unlocks endless capabilities that have ramped up data cultivation and analysis to the point where ideas have become industry-standard practices. This is readily apparent in regards to trucking fleets and shipping practices. As noted in this CenturyLinkVoice article, "Nearly 70 percent of all freight moved in the United States travels by truck, a haul that totals an eye-popping 10 billion tons each year, according to the American Trucking Associations, a trade group. Without trucks, the American economy brakes to a halt."

As we start integrating the IoT with the fleet industry, which fuels and feeds nations while facilitating trade and shipping on a global scale, we could see the beginning stages of government and private sector trucking company partnerships with innovative companies like Uber, Tesla, and Google (to...

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The Function of Quality Assurance (QA) with the Internet of Things

February 4, 2016
By Jonathan Townsend

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These are exciting times for tech-driven integration. The Internet of Things is in fact taking over the world in both concept and practice, perpetually changing the way industries work together. The IoT has spurred the rapid evolution of ideas that affect our day-to-day activities and will undoubtedly accelerate the tech world's capability to make digital ecosystems 'of the future' a present-day reality.

According to Gartner, "The Internet of Things installed base will grow to 26 billion units by 2020. IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services, in 2020. It will result in $1.9 trillion in global economic value-add through sales into diverse end markets.”

At the core of IoT is the principle of using sensors to connect smart technologies with everyday life. The practice of mining data from the sensors that make up an IoT ecosystem is what ushers forth and shapes a brave new world full of technologies that automate processes, expedite progress, connect industries, and ultimately, improve overall user experiences.

The chances are great that you've seen the widening array of embedded applications that make the IoT a tangible thing. For example, wearable technologies are redefining the fitness world; word processing algorithms and...

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How the Internet of Things is Taking Over the World

January 4, 2016
By Jonathan Townsend

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What is the Internet of Things?

We live in complicated times governed by the interconnectivity of processes, schedules, tasks, and systems. Activities are constantly monitored, analyzed, and calibrated to maximize efficiency. But what does all this connectedness and integration amount to? In short -- the Internet of Things (IoT), which we can think of as the intelligent approach to connect devices, integrate systems, and improve networks by leveraging and mining data gathered from reporting tools and sensors in physical objects and machines.

In essence, the Internet of Things is taking over the world.

Think of the IoT as an umbrella that forms a connected web of collective communications, operations, and procedures in an ever-growing array of industries. It does this all in an effort to make our lives easier, by mining data to be streamlined in a more automated and efficient world. In 2014, Gartner cited that the Internet of Things was the year’s most-hyped technology. But what does Gartner's (an American market research and advisory firm) message really mean?

But Just How is the IoT Taking Over the World?

Starting with the seemingly mundane task of waking up, imagine your alarm clock triggering a series of processes to help expedite your morning routine. Televisions...

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