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What is the Key to Internet of Things Security?

The Internet of Things could herald a bold new era of pervasive connectivity and it could also be the harbinger of a coming zombie toaster apocalypse.

One of the ways the Internet of Things could be secured is by way of the new Linux Foundation AllSeen Alliance project, which was announced on Tuesday.

In a typical non-AllJoyn approach to the Internet of Things, the communications path of a user trying to access an Internet-connected thermostat inside her own house would take the user outside the house to the cloud in order to connect to the device. The fundamental challenge is that every device is accessed via a public Internet address, which can also potentially be attacked.

"Architecturally what AllJoyn enables you to do is keep the communication local, so you communicate directly from your tablet to the thermostat," Chandok explained.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Linux Foundation Aims to Secure Internet of Things

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.