Kilopass has published its number 3 issue of this year's Memory Pill newsletter. The issue features three perspectives on the next killer application for semiconductors: providing "lifecare"--intelligence that enhances the quality of life in smart cities, homes, highways, and even inside humans.
"Making the Digital Devices of an Interconnected World Secure," by James Bates, Vice President of Signal Processing and Conditioning at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. discusses the security these chips must incorporate. This article proposes that the future has the ability through interconnected devices to bring us a world of fantastic conveniences, improved lifestyles and longer lives. Machine assistance is quickly becoming a reality as machines become capable to sense, interpret and communicate with us. However, securing the integrity of the data in this process is the most important step to enable the future.
The next article: "Information Technology Driving the Internet of Everything" by Fabrice Hoerner, Technical Marketing Manager, Qualcomm Inc. explores the semiconductors needed for the infrastructure to deliver this quality of life.
An increasing number of devices and sensors communicate intelligently, enabling new applications that promise to transform our lives. This “Internet of Everything” is becoming a reality with key initiatives in automotive, connected home, smart energy and wireless health. Smart Cities are the next frontier. To support next generation life care applications in these areas, the ICT (information and communications technology) industry is challenged to provide robust, flexible wireless communication technologies and computing platforms.
The third article in this issue: "Another Reason Not to Join Facebook" by Linh Hong, Vice President of Marketing at Kilopass examines the security vulnerabilities that must be addressed to ensure the integrity of this improved quality of life issue.
Ms Hong points out that security issues come with divulging personal information. Though I’ve embraced mobility and what it can enable, I’ve never signed up for FaceBook due to security concerns (by the way, this was reaffirmed during a recent meeting with one of our security partners). Your personal information often is the key to unlock your investment, credit card, email, and banking accounts. With so many accounts, passwords are often not random (ideally 12 characters) and perhaps not even unique per account. The challenge question or in some cases questions (up to 3) are based on personal information. The most common are your mother’s maiden name, your first car, the name of your elementary school, your favorite teacher. Through information posted on Facebook, you provide hackers the keys to your financial and personal accounts.