Gib Sorebo at RSA 2015
Gib Sorebo at RSA 2015

The law of unintended consequences on the Internet will only get worse with the explosion in the number of connected devices. That's according to Gib Sorebo, chief cyber-security technologist at Leidos, who addressed a session at the RSA conference session, Managing the unmanageable: A risk model for the Internet of things.

This is partly due to the sheer number of devices that will be able to connect to the Internet and partly due to the number of these IP devices that will be able to interact with the physical world.

He said that it was imperative that organisations sort out their policies regarding connected devices as soon as possible. “And you need to understand the use cases as well,” Sorebo told

One of the side effects of the Internet of things (IoT) will be an increase in the amount of data collected on individuals, which will lead to privacy concerns. “It may be perfectly okay to have thousands or millions of sensors that can gather weather information ­– that may be purely innocuous – but as soon as you say we are going to gather video and sound with those same devices, it becomes a privacy concern,” he said.

As physical devices are given IP addresses, interaction between the cyber-world and the physical world will become normal. “Some industries like manufacturing and control systems have been doing it for decades but we are adding these new industries – Amazon wants to do it with drones – so there's a lot of new industries that have not been involved in the cyber-physical world that are now getting more involved.”