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The Other Security Issues

It is important to keep in mind that the Security issues surrounding Virtual Personal Assistants are both technical and non-technical in nature.  But given the new adoption rate of them, one will find that most of the Security threats for right now are mostly non-technical in nature, meaning they have more of a social impact upon the end user or the business and/or corporation.

The confusion in the Software Licensing Agreements:

Normally, the wireless vendors make their customers sign contracts to which very often, nobody pays too much attention when they are signing.  The same is even with Apple, when customers sign up for either their iPhone or iPad services.  In this contract, Apple does state how it will store and even possibly use the recorded conversations:

“When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text . . . by using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and other Apple products and services.”  (SOURCE:  1)

Because of this sheer vagueness, many businesses and corporations are now viewing this as a huge Security risk to their own information and data, and as a result, have banned the use of Siri by their employees.  One such example of this is IBM.  Just   recently, they implemented a ban on their employees from explicitly using Siri for anything which is work related.  The primary reasons cited for this drastic move is not only once again the murkiness of the language above, but also the ramifications of having conversations stored literally in a black box, without having any knowledge of how it will be stored or disseminated: “The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere.”  (SOURCE:  2)

The dangers of using the Siri or Cortana with the Internet of Things (IoT):

As this will be fully explored in a future blog, the Internet of Things is essentially a rather new concept in which we as individuals, will be defined as to how we interact objects (both in the physical and virtual sense).  One of the primary applications of the Internet of Things will in the “Smart Home”.  One of the components of the IoT in this regard will once again be that of the Virtual Personal Assistant.  Although the “Smart Home” has still yet to fully evolve into the mainstream public, it has already become the hot target for the Cyber attacker.  For example, just recently, there was a Malware attack specifically known as the “Mirai”.  In this, all components of the IoT, including Siri and Cortana, were targeted in order to create a massive Botnet in order to attack an entity known as “Dyn”.  These are one of the places where the Domain Name Servers (also known as the “DNS”) are contained.  The end result of this attack is that it totally crippled the websites of PayPal, Twitter, Reddit and Netflix.

Conclusions

Our next blog will conclude our series into the security risks posed by Virtual Personal Assistants.  After that, there will be a blog devoted as to the protective measures that you can take.

Sources

  1. http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/mobile-security/digital-assistants-secrets/
  2. https://www.wired.com/2012/05/ibm-bans-siri/

37 thoughts on “Virtual Personal Assistants – Pt.6

  1. IT Outsourcing Computer Company should keep this important thing in mind that the Security issues surrounding Virtual Personal Assistants are both technical and non-technical in nature. But thanks to Los Angeles Computer Company for providing an article like this to safeguard and enlighten us more on VPA and its components.

  2. It is still quite terrifying to think about an AI will gradually take over our lives as a whole. There are still so many things to consider, alongside its dangers and what have you. Thankfully, it’s great that there is an IT Consulting company such as Be Structured to help companies understand its pros and cons the advent of these Virtual Personal Assistants.

  3. Technology is terrifying and wonderful at the same time. I hope in the near future our advancement in technology could help us. Just like what Be Structured is doing, they are one of Los Angeles IT Services out there.

  4. Thanks for listing the logistics of software licensing agreements. The Mirai example is good food for thought for IT services in the LA area.

  5. I can understand how the vagueness of the User License Agreement can be troubling to a Computer Company like IBM. Their move to prohibit their employees from using Siri for anything work related is totally understandable.

  6. Before agreeing to any user Agreement that one may not fully understand, it would be wise to do some IT Consulting in order to understand exactly what you are getting into. This can save you a lot of privacy issues in future.

  7. The IT Services offered by VPAs can be gotten through other alternatives like search engines. Until they are safe enough to use I will be sticking with the alternatives.

  8. The IT Service and Support structures within a company should be at the forefront of advising their staff members on how and to what extent they should rely on VPAs. This way any future security or privacy issues can be mitigated.

  9. Having a Los Angeles MSP like Be Structured help you in the implementation of a VPA at the work place is a smart way to do it. They will always advise on the best way to use VPAs such that they don’t pose a security threat to your company.

  10. Information on the attacks of any domain should be take seriously and more information and consultant should be done through IT Consulting to get things right. It’s necessary.

  11. I think any Computer Company should have a meeting of some sort before establishing this feature. I mean this maybe AI and all but they will be greatly affected by this.

  12. There’s always needs to enlighten employees about securing their data to avoid any loss. Using this Los Angeles Managed Service Provider can help put a stop to such problems.

  13. Although the “Smart Home” has still yet to fully evolve into the mainstream public, it has already become the hot target for the Cyber . This i know when it comes to IoT, it will keep making life and work easier. Thanks Be Structured Technology Group and the only place to get the best team of experts to work with is in Los Angeles IT Service and Computer Company.

  14. Los Angeles Computer Company which Bestructured technologies is, is here to always advise on the best way to use VPAs such that they don’t pose a security threat to one’s company.

  15. It sounds like every big corporation is susceptible to VPA breaches. I like that Be Structured addresses all potential weaknesses with any modern technology. This is probably why it is considered one of the best IT Services in California and that it continues to grow in popularity.

  16. Using VPAs with the internet of things brings new and never before seen security risks. Proper IT Consulting should be done before using them in this manner.

  17. Any Los Angeles Computer Company that adopts VPAs should be careful to ensure that the employees are not using them in a way that may jeopardize the company. There are still too many security and privacy concerns around VPAs.

  18. The IT Services provided by Virtual Personal Assistants are indeed integral and they do help a great deal. However I am personally skeptical to adopt them so fast.

  19. It is important for the IT Service and Support structures of an organization to be well versed with all the details of how VPAs work. They should also be aware of thge potential security threats.

  20. A Los Angeles Managed Service Provider such as Be Structured can greatly help a company to adopt VPAs in a manner that won’t put their privacy and security at risk. I would recommend this route for most organizations.

  21. Thanks to Los Angeles IT Consulting company for making us know the dangers of using the Siri or Cortana with the Internet of Things (IoT). But given the new adoption rate of them, one will find that most of the Security threats for right now are mostly non-technical in nature, meaning they have more of a social impact upon the end user or the business and/or corporation. Thanks for this post.

  22. It may sound weird but I may have to pass on this and go human for now. May it be for an assistant or IT Service Support. AI sounds good but this is highly iffy. A few more years perhaps but not right now. I want to see it being stable before doing so.

  23. Must software are always attacked and made to malfunction by malware and other threats, the earlier a good IT Services in California is contacted like Bestructured the best for the IT department.

  24. Attacks are both to happen on VPPs like on contana and Siri but securing it, is the right thing to do. Finding it difficult then go for this Los Angeles IT Support and all the problems dealt with in no time.

  25. Wow, I had no idea that SIRI could use the information from conversations to improve its system. Technology should have limits, I’m glad that there are companies that offer orientation, IT Service & Support, to help people and companies.

  26. It is important to keep in mind that the Security issues surrounding Virtual Personal Assistants are both technical and non-technical in nature. Engage IT Outsourcing in Los Angeles for best VPA

  27. IT Consulting can greatly help in understanding the grey areas in the user license agreements associated with VPAs. I highly recommend it.

  28. IT Service and Support departments withing a company should be familiar with the dangers of their employees using VPA. As such they should always ensure their employees are updated on these dangers frequently.

  29. VPAs are a good and convenient tool for any Los Angeles Computer Company that adopts them. Security around them however still needs a lot of work.

  30. VPAs offer a wide range of IT Services and normal everyday services that make a lot of tasks easier and convenient. I just wish they were more secure.

  31. Whenever in doubt, one should get the help of a Los Angeles MSP such as Be Structured. They can prove helpful in the adoption of VPAs.

  32. I agree VPA has a huge potential both as a concept and an actual thing in almost if not all industries. I am all for it granted it still has to be monitored by a good IT Service and Support, For one I assume it is not a fully develop system yet in terms of functionality so a gradual transition might be in order.

  33. I believe the internet of things should be a new thing and will need more information to people in the IT world. Bestrucutured technologies is doing good work as a 21st Los Angeles MSP.to disseminate this information

  34. The rate at which the Internet is evolving is alarming. VPN is the next big thing to watch out in this domain. With the right Los Angeles IT Support like Be Structured, you will be ahead of your competitors.

  35. Virtual personal assistant seems to be hew and need people to key into it. The first thing is to keep it out of threats even a private Los Angeles Managed Service can be provide a service to secured it from all threats.

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