Cybersecurity & IoT

Last week SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, Veroguard Systems’ Co-CEO, Nic Nuske, and I addressed the media about the incredible global investment in IoT, (US$7 trillion in 2108), the huge growth of IoT globally, the economic opportunity that exists around the World’s fastest growing industry sector and finally the identity and security “black hole” at the centre of the Smart City/Building and IoT transformation.

After this press conference I travelled around Australia as usual discussing and designing existing projects and was asked by several of our clients why and how LVX is so transfixed with issues of enablement and cybersecurity over and above the myriad edge devices being proposed to our firm every day.

It is prescient that in the days following this press conference the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National for Standards & Technology, (“NIST”), released what is the most all-encompassing, broad and deep report to date on the global status of cybersecurity in IoT, the Draft NISTIR 8200 Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT).

This Draft Report identifies the 5 key areas of IoT and summarises all currently identified risks and threats, as well as the associated Standards Landscape:

  • Connected Vehicles
  • Consumer IoT
  • Health IoT and Medical Devices
  • Smart Buildings, and
  • Smart Manufacturing

It was reassuring to see that every one of the points that LVX has for years now been highlighting for our many Smart City/IoT clients and projects was identified in the Draft Report.

It is also of great relevance that in opening, the Draft Report quotes from the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, (“NSTAC”), that “…there is a small – and rapidly closing – window to ensure that IoT is adopted in a way that maximizes security and minimizes risk. If the country fails to do so, it will be coping with the consequences for generations.”

Highlighted in the Draft Report is that cybersecurity in a practical sense deals with 3 competing interests, (and their associated risks and threats), when it comes to IoT:

  • Confidentiality
  • Integrity
  • Availability

For the most part, in the developmental phase of IoT , emphasis has been on availability. As we at LVX routinely explain to our clients, the Draft Report identifies the beginnings of the IoT risk, “While traditional information systems generally prioritize Confidentiality, then Integrity, and lastly Availability, control systems and IoT usually prioritize Availability first, then Integrity and lastly Confidentiality.”

This fact, along with the pressures on time and cost in the fast moving “go to market” plans of IoT manufacturers, often combine with a poor understanding of the overall architecture and security environment within which a single device may operate, heighten this risk. To date many manufacturers have not considered their devices to be a likely target for hackers and cybercrime, (for example, smart bins), but as simple devices are aggregated into extremely large IoT networks with a wide variety of functions and increasing security levels, these simple devices all too often can act as the point of access to far more sensitive systems.

The draft report provides an excellent example of cybercrime activating through IoT devices:

“The proliferation and increased ubiquity of IoT components are likely to heighten the risks they present; particularly as cyber criminals work to develop new generations of malware dedicated to exploiting them. For instance, Dyn, a company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, was a victim of a DDoS attack in October 2016 that was launched from thousands of IoT components infected with the “Mirai” malware. The torrent of traffic unleashed by the Mirai-infected IoT components overwhelmed Dyn’s systems and, in turn, rendered unavailable many high-traffic websites (e.g., PayPal, Twitter, Netflix, and CNN) that used Dyn’s Internet services for substantial periods of the day. The disruption of Dyn and associated Internet services underscores the significant, systemic harm that may be caused by malware dedicated to exploiting the security vulnerabilities of IoT components.”

Welcome to the era of “Weapons of Mass Disruption”.

To close, it is refreshing that as an engineering firm that has maintained a dedicated team in the IoT and Smart City space since 2009 that agencies like NIST are seeing what we see and attempting to establish a set of global standards for IoT Cybersecurity. The Draft Report is a must read for anyone and everyone operating in or contemplating the IoT space.

It is a great time for all of us at LVX to be working so closely with global leaders in this space like Microsoft and VeroGuard to develop solutions that plug our clients’ cybersecurity gaps in terms of standards, risks and threats identified in the NIST Draft Report.

If you are looking to address the issues of Cybersecurity and IoT for your government, city, company or products, by all means reach out to LVX’s to discuss your needs with our specialists in this field.

LVX Managing Director talks Smart City & IoT with SA Premier, Jay Weatherill

Today Corey was invited by the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, to talk to the media about the present and future of Smart City and The Internet of Things as well as the opportunities being provided and created for jobs and education in this sector.

Corey said “It’s exciting to be able to bring the world’s largest growing industry sector back to my home state where I started LVX 26 years ago. We look forward to continuing to develop world first solutions in these areas for our clients like City of Playford and City of Unley, using unique technology solutions like VeroGuard cyber-security to provide safer, more livable, cost effective and environmentally friendly cities. I can’t wait to get back to Silicon Valley in 2 weeks and talk about what we are doing in Australia.”

Plan for Adelaide to be Cyber-Security centre

We at LVX are really excited about building economic and educational opportunities around IoT and Smart City. As a South Australian who founded LVX in Adelaide 26 years ago but has until now mostly worked interstate and abroad – and as a father of 6 young children – Corey Gray wants more than ever for SA to leverage and benefit from the opportunities of this huge emerging industry sector. 4 world technology firsts with progressive cities like Unley and Playford is a great start.

LVX is hiring

Senior Electrical Engineer – Perth based

The Role

Applications are invited for an experienced Senior Electrical Engineer to work within a specialist Electrical, Illumination, Fire/Life Safety, Sustainability and IoT/Smart City services environment.

LVX is a 26 year old Australian-owned engineered solutions provider with operations in all major capital cities in Australia and Dublin, Ireland. LVX specialises in the delivery of “Engineered Solutions” including concept development, risk assessment, due diligence, design, project & through life management services and technology commercialisation for high profile clients in industry sectors including:

  • Commercial
  • Corrections
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Smart City

Requirements

  • Electrical Engineering degree with relevant software knowledge including:
    • AGI32 lighting design
    • AutoCAD
    • Revit
  • Experience in design, documentation and delivery of electrical services design solutions within Building & Infrastructure Services
  • Competence in illumination engineering and technical systems design preferred
  • Confident with all aspects of Electrical and Infrastructure Building Services design
  • 5 years’ experience working as an Electrical Engineer preferred
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Ability to coordinate with colleagues, clients, architects, technology providers, trade services providers and other design team members
  • Ability to coordinate with mechanical, electrical, technology, fire services and quality assurance
  • Comprehensive knowledge of local building codes and standards, (including RPEQ and SW47.3)
  • Strong time management and team skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

Benefits

  • Immediate start
  • Strong team culture and values based work environment
  • A competitive salary and flexible work conditions
  • Work for an established and respected Australian international engineering consultancy delivering world leading IoT and design based solutions across a broad range of project types

LVX is hiring

Senior Electrical Engineer – Brisbane based

The Role

Applications are invited for an experienced Senior Electrical Engineer to work within a specialist Electrical, Illumination, Fire/Life Safety, Sustainability and IoT/Smart City services environment.

LVX is a 26 year old Australian-owned engineered solutions provider with operations in all major capital cities in Australia and Dublin, Ireland. LVX specialises in the delivery of “Engineered Solutions” including concept development, risk assessment, due diligence, design, project & through life management services and technology commercialisation for high profile clients in industry sectors including:

  • Commercial
  • Corrections
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Smart City

Requirements

  • Electrical Engineering degree with relevant software knowledge including:
    • AGI32 lighting design
    • AutoCAD
    • Revit
  • Experience in design, documentation and delivery of electrical services design solutions within Building & Infrastructure Services
  • Competence in illumination engineering and technical systems design preferred
  • Confident with all aspects of Electrical and Infrastructure Building Services design
  • 5 years’ experience working as an Electrical Engineer preferred
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Ability to coordinate with colleagues, clients, architects, technology providers, trade services providers and other design team members
  • Ability to coordinate with mechanical, electrical, technology, fire services and quality assurance
  • Comprehensive knowledge of local building codes and standards, (including RPEQ and SW47.3)
  • Strong time management and team skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

Benefits

  • Immediate start
  • Strong team culture and values based work environment
  • A competitive salary and flexible work conditions
  • Work for an established and respected Australian international engineering consultancy delivering world leading IoT and design based solutions across a broad range of project types

LVX engaged as services designers for iconic wine brand Henschke’s new Keyneton Cellar Door


LVX is pleased to have been appointed as services designers for legendary Australian wine label, Henschke, adding further strength to our reputation as a design of choice for the wine industry. “We look forward to working with JBG Architects in this exciting, bespoke project that brings our strengths in compliance, sustainability, design and brand messaging together in an homage to Henschke’s 150 years in the Australian wine industry. It’s a very exciting project,” explains Corey Gray, LVX’s Managing Director and head of creative design. Construction is due to start after Easter 2018.

LVX to deliver State-of-the-Art IoT technology based services and controls engineered solution to Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Dryandra Underpass Project

LVX has today been engaged by the project design and construct team led by McConnell Dowell to design, supply, commission and manage an industry leading underpass controls solution for Brisbane Airport Corporation’s, (“BAC’s”), Dryandra Underpass Project, part of the larger $1.4Bn New Parallel Runway Project. This engagement sits squarely within LVX’s rapidly expanding profile of large scale, high complexity roles for major infrastructure clients around Australia and is a testament to the capability, experience and reputation of our engineering team that LVX continues to be sought for such roles. The project offers unparalleled safety for drivers as well as significant energy and maintenance savings over the life of the asset, and a platform for BAC to launch into a campus wide deployment of IoT technology-based solutions.

LVX and VeroGuard Systems Enter into Technology Development Partnership

LVX and Secure Digital Identity platform provider VeroGuard Systems have today entered into a formal partnership to jointly market LVX’s industry leading smart building/campus/city IoT experience, capability and credentials with VeroGuard’s world leading cyber security solution.

LVX’s Managing Director, and Leader of Smart city/IoT Advisory, Corey Gray, explains:
“Since 2009 LVX has been engaged actively in the IoT advisory space. For the first 5 years the technology was the constraint to large scale adoption of IoT. For the last 4 years adoption has been constrained by the commercial/contractual environment and the heightened awareness of sensitivities and risks around IoT security.

The end game of Smart City/IoT is that all of a city’s “machine” assets (devices), are IoT enabled and intelligent. The catastrophic risk in all of this is that a hacker can no longer just steal identities and money, but hack a Smart City System, disable CCTV, turn all traffic signals to green and turn out the street lights. The same range and effectiveness offered by the cloud for productivity is also making it a significant target for criminals and terrorists. At LVX we have long recognised that security is critical to realising the full potential of the Smart City/IoT opportunity”.

VeroGuard’s Chairman and Co-CEO, Daniel Elbaum, elaborates:
“Digital Identity access and management for humans is now increasingly recognised as being critical to security over the Internet. What has not been as well understood is that the Internet of Things must also have ultra-secure connections with irrefutable verification of inbound and outbound communications whether they are with other machines or humans. It is essential the world secures the billions of connected devices and their associated communications we are building reliance on. That need is central to the accelerated adoption of IoT. Now we can deliver that outcome in a cost effective and scalable form”.
Corey Gray, concludes: “Secure ID technology means that finally our clients can access the full potential of the IoT by protecting their devices from cyber threats. VeroGuard’s solution is unique and even extends itself to resolving some of the most significant issues with Blockchain by providing an identity and security layer to the platform. Appropriate deployment of Blockchain will change the way large scale, complex device operation and management can be handled, and VeroGuard will help to speed up and take the risk out of initiatives such as smart contracts”.

This has not been done until now. It’s a world first technology.

VeroGuard’s secure ID technology is a game-changing enabler for smart city and the IoT.

We are extremely excited about what 2018 will bring for Smart City IoT, LVX, VeroGuard and our clients.”

Secure Technology firm VeroGuard Systems Engages LVX to design, engineer and project manage construction of its 2 new secure manufacturing facilities in Adelaide, SA

Future Industry technology firm, VeroGuard Systems has appointed LVX to design, engineer and project manage construction of its 2 new secure technology manufacturing facilities in Adelaide’s north. Melbourne based VeroGuard is investing nearly $60 million in its state-of-the-art Adelaide operations with the expectation of employing nearly 600 former Holden workers recently made redundant after the closure of Holden’s Australian manufacturing facility in Elizabeth.

Partnering with JBG Architects the move is LVX’s first step into full scale architectural design and project management services. Details of the formalisation of the LVX-JBG Design Partnership are expected to be made in early 2018.

City of Perth engages LVX as Smart Lighting, Data and Digital Transformation Advisors

After a rigorous tender and review process City of Perth has appointed LVX as its Smart Lighting, Data and Digital Transformation Advisors to develop, masterplan and mobilise the implementation of Smart City Technology throughout the City over the next 5 years. IN a further statement of LVX’s pre-eminence in the Smart City/IoT Space this high profile engagement not only focuses on the audit and strategic replacement of existing assets and the integration of new smart technologies, but tasks LVX with forecasting and making Perth future ready for not yet developed technologies and emerging new technology and new economies.

LVX’s Discipline Leader in Smart City & IoT Technology, and also managing Director, Corey Gray explains:

“When we think about Smart Cities and the IoT now, our clients need to know that everything that they have conceived of is covered, and so are several things that don’t even exist yet. New economy is a big one. Can we charge for EV car charging? Can our clients commercialise client usage data? What about advertising revenues? What about secure blockchain managed smart/crypto-contracts? It’s a whole new technological and commercial landscape. The jury is out on the long term viability of Bitcoin – mostly because not enough people understand it – but everyone with more than a passing understanding of these new technologies knows for sure that the impact of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other crypto-currencies, all carried on the back of blockchain technology, is here to stay. The legislated framework is another issue, and one in which we are extremely involved. They are exciting times for LVX, our clients and this planet.”