Harbor Research Confirms The Internet of Things is Here

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White paper summarizes actions that must be taken to secure the one billion devices expected to be connected by 2010.

A new white paper released today by Harbor Research and sponsored by Mocana, a software company that is enabling a secure networked society, asserts that the Internet's rampant growth and inherent architecture has left the 'network of networks' vulnerable to security issues. "Designing a Secure Future" explores a new and unique approach to securely enabling the growing number of devices connecting to the Internet. Encouraging the industry to understand that the tools available today were not designed for the tasks they are now routinely performing, Harbor recommends a Device Security Framework to ensure the security and integrity of devices connecting to the Internet.

"The Internet's most profound potential lies in its ability to connect billions upon billions of devices, and ordinary products into a global 'digital nervous system' that will allow every business the ability to achieve undreamed-of efficiency, optimization and profitability," said Glen Allmendinger, president of Harbor Research, Inc. "However, the nature and behavior of a truly distributed global information system are concerns that have yet to take center stage and need to be addressed now."

The number of devices predicted to be connected to a network in the coming years is staggering. As these devices proliferate and the capabilities become more complex, there is a greater need to ensure that the device connectivity maintains its integrity and security. Key findings from Harbor's research include:

  • It is expected that by 2010 there could be more than one billion devices communicating continuously.
  • In 15 to 20 years, the global network will need to accommodate one trillion devices, most of which will be wireless.
  • There are approximately 2.8 billion mobile phones in use today, with 1.6 million new ones added daily -- Projected to reach four billion users by 2011.

"Device networking represents a new era for the Internet but unfortunately many companies have let their connectivity outpace their security," said Adrian Turner, chief executive officer and president of Mocana. "Device manufacturers, enterprises and service providers need to understand that each newly connected device represents another potential point of weakness through which hackers can gain unauthorized access to sensitive information, or even render a device inoperable. Implementing a Device Security Framework is the most effective way to ensure the security of these connections and the communications moving across them."

To download the whitepaper in its entirety, please visit Mocana's Web site.

About Harbor Research
Harbor Research Inc. has more than twenty years of experience providing strategic consulting and research services to high technology clients. Harbor's strategy and business development work is organized around emergent and disruptive opportunities, with a unique focus on the impact of the Pervasive Internet -- the use of the Internet to accomplish global device networking that will revolutionize business by unleashing entirely new modes of system optimization, customer relationships, and service delivery.

Harbor Research's clients are leaders in communications, computing, control, and content. Harbor Research has built extended relationships with larger multi-line companies including AT&T, ABB, Agilent, General Electric, Danaher, Eaton, Emerson, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Honeywell, Hughes, IBM, Intel, Invensys, Motorola, Rockwell, Siemens, and Texas Instruments, as well as with growth companies such as EMC, Cisco Systems and Qualcomm. We also work with a broad array of emergent start-ups and pre-IPO technology ventures. We have built relationships with a number of significant Pervasive Internet players, including Ember Corporation, Questra Corporation, GridAgent, DeepStream Technologies and Dust Networks, to name a few.

About Mocana
Mocana securely enables Internet-scale applications and services for connected devices. Mocana's industry-leading infrastructure software solutions ensure that wired and wireless devices, networks and services perform and scale with the utmost security - a necessary foundation for a networked society. Customers include Philips, Dell, Cisco, Nortel Networks, Harris, Honeywell, Symbol, Net.com and Radvision, among others.

Mocana was founded in 2002, is privately-held, and headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit http://www.mocana.com. To request a free full source code and documentation evaluation of Mocana's security solutions, visit http://www.mocana.com/evaluate.html

Media contacts
Glen Allmendinger, President
Harbor Research, Inc.
gallmendinger @ harborresearch.com
415.615.9400 ext. 24

Mari Melguizo
Lois Paul and Partners, for Mocana
Mari_Melguizo @ lpp.com

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