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Thursday, 2nd April 2015

Threat Landscape and Good Practice Guide for Smart Home and Converged Media

Source: European Union Agency for Network and Information Security

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Smart homes are homes equipped with technology that provides the occupants with comprehensive information about the state of their home and allows them to control all connected devices, including remotely. In addition to this consolidated and remote control of the home, a smart home may also be able to “learn” the preferences of its inhabitants and adapt to them. Examples of smart home devices include: smart fridges, smart electricity meters, smart blinds, and automatic pet feeders. Important components of the integrated smart home are converged media - media characterised by the merging of traditional broadcast services with the Internet - in particular in the form of smart TVs and related devices such as media centres. Home automation has increased over the years due to the fact that the various smart home components, devices and systems have reached a level of technological development and maturity suitable for entry into the market. Furthermore, smart home devices have nowadays become more affordable. Due to the proliferation of interconnectivity and intelligence related to living habits, coupled with the digitalization of important utilities, smart homes constitute an attractive field for developments and future deployments.

Smart home technology aims to increase efficiency and quality of life, for example through assisted living for ageing populations. However, besides benefits, smart home also bears cyber security risks. This Threat Landscape and Good Practice Guide for Smart Home and Converged Media provides an overview of the current state of cyber security in this domain. In particular it identifies commonly used assets, exposure of these assets to cyber threats, threat agents, vulnerabilities and risks, as well as available good practices in the field.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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