The two things everybody knows about IoT are that A, its use is growing at a pretty spectacular rate, encompassing use cases from the most frivolous of consumer gadgetry to the most heavy-duty of industrial machinery, and B, it is, as a consequence, a gloriously tempting target for malicious hackers.\nNews related to point B has been making headlines lately, including the results of a study from Gemalto, which found that roughly half of all companies using IoT didn\u2019t even have the basic ability to detect outside interference or hacking on their devices. That is, in a word, bad.\n\nGovernment needs to help with IoT\nUncharacteristically, the companies surveyed seem to be looking to the government to step in and help fix the problem \u2013 nearly 80% of respondents said that governments around the word should provide \u201cmore robust guidance\u201d for IoT security products. While may seem unusual for businesses to come out in favor of stricter laws governing the technology they use, this result from Gemalto\u2019s study makes sense in the unique context of IoT.\nThe bulk of the new IoT devices flooding into the marketplace aren\u2019t made by firms that have a lot of traditional experience in making connected gadgets, they\u2019re made by firms that\u00a0 have, in general, made the non-connected versions of those gadgets. In other words, the companies that make connected toasters and refrigerators are much better at making the toasters and refrigerators than they are at making secure versions of them. (It\u2019s worth noting, of course, that Gemalto\u2019s a security company with a vested interest in people spending money on security products, so taking their study with at least a small grain of salt is probably worthwhile.)\n\n\n\n\n\nAnd it isn\u2019t as though the security industry isn\u2019t paying attention \u2013 among many other companies rushing to provide security for IoT deployments is Trend Micro, which announced the global launch of its Trend Micro IoT Security version 2.0 earlier this month. The new version of TMIS, as Trend Micro wants us to call it, is designed for use by IoT device manufacturers, allowing the aforementioned companies who might not have a lot of cybersecurity experience to bake security into their products simply and easily, early in the development cycle. It also comes with \u201ctight integration\u201d into Trend Micro\u2019s database of dodgy websites, helping users identify when devices are attempting to connect to potentially malicious servers.\nThe IoT devices will see you now\nThe IoT is already making waves in the medical field, but innovation in the area continues. Recent research from the UK\u2019s University of Surrey outlines a system that uses in-home IoT devices to help diagnose urinary tract infections in patients with dementia. (The study asserts that UTIs are one of the most common reasons for dementia sufferers to be admitted to hospitals in Britain.)\nThe system works via the use of Bluetooth-enabled vital signs trackers, and an array of motion sensors and passive infrared cameras to monitor the location of patients within their homes. The idea is to correlate changes with patients\u2019 vital signs with their movements \u2013 essentially, watching for changes in body temperature and urination frequency. The system is overseen by AI, which can learn over time to discard false positives and diagnose patients with greater accuracy.\nAWS IoT reach grows with Bsquare partnership\nBest known for its DataV IIoT software stack, IoT service provider Bsquare announced earlier this week that it had finalized a partnership with Amazon that will make AWS the primary cloud-based provider of DataV. Bsquare\u2019s been involved with Amazon for IoT provisioning for some time, having been named an \u201cIoT Competency Partner\u201d in the retail-and-cloud giant\u2019s partner network in 2016.\nDataV is designed to act as a primary IIoT software layer, turning raw data from instrumented industrial devices, vehicles or other enterprise assets into human-digestible insights. The expanded partnership with Amazon will mean new features for DataV, according to Bsquare, doubtless thanks to standardization on a single, albeit highly popular, cloud platform.