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How lighting industry will fight hackers

The ease with which it’s possible to conduct a successful cyber attack on IP-based lighting equipment is raising fears that the reputation of intelligent lighting could be damaged in the rush for adoption.

Concern is mounting that the lighting industry is dangerously unprepared for the security risk inherent in so-called connected lighting systems.

The ease with which it’s possible to conduct a successful cyber attack on IP-based lighting equipment is raising fears that the reputation of intelligent lighting could be damaged in the rush for adoption.

The UK’s leading ethical hacker Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners says lighting manufacturers are ‘opening Pandora’s Box’ when it comes to digital vulnerabilities. 

The issue is rapidly moving up the lighting industry’s agenda and is now set to be discussed at this month’s Lighting Fixture Design conference in London.

Gareth Jones of Lux-TSI will explore the issue and outline the key software security standards for lighting systems to which lighting manufacturers need to adhere.

A suite of standards for cyber security is emerging and gaining currency in the wider industry. Jones will explore the landscape, including ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ETSI TC CYBER at the conference, which takes place in London on Tuesday 21 February and Wednesday 22 February. 

Additionally, a panel of experts –  including Eoin Billings of Billings Jackson Design, Mark Sutton Vane of Sutton Vane Associates, Paul Taylor of Aurora, Gordon Routledge of Lux and Stephen Philips of Arup – will discuss how the industry can deal with the digital disruption created by the inclusion of lighting in the internet of things.

They will share their learnings and insights about coping with constant disruption.

Other crucial topics set to be covered at the conference include include flicker, glare, TM30 and the digital disruption caused by the inclusion of lighting in the Internet of Things. Specifically the conference will explore: How to benefit from emerging markets in lighting; How design to get great TM30 metrics; How to nail glare and visual comfort; How to address flicker; How to deal with short product cycles; How to deal with disruption – the lessons from history; How to create luminaires with unbreakable specs; How to protect yourself in the patent landscape.

  • The  Lighting Fixture Design conference  takes place in the Cavendish Conference Centre in London on Tuesday 21 February and Wednesday 22 February. To view the full programme, click HERE.

 

 

 

Image features hacker posed by actor. Copyright Dwayne Bent 2016