Death knell of self-regulation?

first_imgDeath knell of self-regulation?On 11 Jul 2000 in Clinical governance, Personnel Today Last month’s historic declaration by doctors that they had lost faith in their own self-regulatory system was a symbolic moment for the profession.The vote by the British Medical Association, backing a motion of no confidence in the General Medical Council, gives the Government an opportunity to end self-regulation. But even without such a move the policing and monitoring of doctors has begun a complete transformation.The Department of Health has backed a new system of independent assessment of doctors in its consultation paper, Supporting Doctors Protecting Patients. This builds on the internal monitoring of performance introduced by hospitals under the process of clinical governance, introduced in April 1999.An annual appraisal system, called for by the Ritchie Report into the malpractice by surgeon Rodney Ledward, has started appearing at some hospitals. And the GMC has recommended a five-yearly revalidation process, compulsory for all doctors. The GMC may be under fire, but this proposal has the support of the DoH.Change overdueIn view of recent appalling scandals, which have included the serial killing by Harold Shipman as well as gross incompetence in the Rodney Ledward and Bristol hospital cases, change is clearly overdue. The Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson stated bluntly in his letter introducing the Supporting Doctors consultation paper, “The present arrangements in the NHS for dealing with poor performance are highly unsatisfactory.”But the dreadful publicity and the deep unhappiness within the profession raises another potential headache for personnel managers in the health service. Might the recruits dry up?“I spoke to some trainee doctors the other day, and they are now saying, ‘With all this flak why did I choose to come into this profession?’,” said John Adsett, national secretary of the Association of Health Service Human Resource Managers.There is a precedent. Social workers received similar bad publicity over child abuse cases in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although recruits held up for a while, they have plummeted in recent years. The problem could become especially acute for medicine, as the advent of the 48-hour week for junior doctors within seven years will increase the demand.StatusAt the moment the Government can attract a good calibre of applicant to the profession despite long hours and low pay in training because of the status and reward at the end of it. If this status is perceived to be damaged, recruiters will have serious problems.Adsett reported, however, that the problem is largely around the negative publicity, not the tighter policing. Although the new measures appear to be more draconian, in reality they are more proportional to the problem.The complaint about the existing system is that it is either too weak or too strong, producing either inaction or the heavy intervention of lawyers in a drawn-out process. The long delays while on suspension were a key factor behind the BMA’s vote.If an allegation is serious enough to warrant dismissal then it has to be reviewed by an external panel, which must be chaired by counsel. Both sides have the right to legal representation. “It is a case of three barristers sat in a huddle,” said Adsett.The AHHRM supports the proposal for an independent review set out in Supporting Doctors, Protecting Patients, which sets out a clear, four-stage process. Karen Bell, president of the NHS personnel managers group the AHHRM, agreed that the negative image is the challenge, not the new measures. “A member of the public reading the press at the moment would be worried. They would have the impression that there are all these poorly performing doctors, but in fact most do a good job. “We had Shipman and Bristol and there were a number of indicators that probably should have prompted us to look to see why that was happening. We are now looking at these indicators with the Commission for Health Improvement, and also through clinical governance, at health authority level and in primary healthcare.”RevalidationAnd she backed the idea for compulsory revalidation every five years. “We have been doing this with nurses for a long time and they find it very valuable. It enables them to say to their employer that continuous professional development is essential. They need support in this process, and we owe it to patients.“If I thought it was draconian I would not support it,” Bell added. “If you get a failing professional you use the disciplinary procedure, but only as a last resort. It will be the same for doctors. This is supportive and developmental – it is not about sacking people.”Clinical governance, introduced by the Government in April 1999, is not an appraisal of individuals but it enables early detection of performance problems. It requires NHS trust boards to monitor clinical performance on a regular basis read more

Shoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor Will Lead B’way-Aimed Beaches

first_img View Comments They’re the ones with with all the glory! Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor will headline the previously reported stage adaptation of Beaches in Chicago. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the Broadway-aimed production will begin previews on June 24 and play a limited engagement through August 16 at the Drury Lane Theatre. Opening night is set for July 2.Bean will play Cee Cee Bloom. She made her Broadway debut in Hairspray; additional theater credits include Wicked. Her independent solo releases have topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the U.S. and U.K.; she also sang back up for Michael Jackson at his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden and her music has been featured in TV shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen and Showtime. Bashor will take on the role of Bertie White. Great White Way credits include Bridges of Madison County; her screen resume includes Boardwalk Empire.Presley Ryan (The Sound of Music Live!) will appear as Little Cee Cee, with Brooklyn Schuck (Matilda) as Little Bertie, Travis Taylor as John Perry, Nancy Voigts as Leona Bloom, Kelly Anne Clark as Rose White, Jim DeSelm as Michael Barron, Michael Accardo as Nathan Bloom, Andrew Varela as Arthur, Samantha Pauly as Teen Cee Cee and Olivia Renteria as Teen Bertie. William Carlos Angulo, Heather Brorsen, Josh Kohane, Christine Mild and Holly Strauder round out the cast.Beaches started as a 1985 novel about a 30-year friendship and is best known for the 1988 movie featuring Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey and THAT SONG: “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” The musical features a score by composer David Austin, with lyrics by Dart herself. The book of the musical is a collaboration between Dart and librettist Thom Thomas.The production will feature choreography by Lorin Latarro, musical direction by Brian Nash, scenic design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Howell Binkley, costume design by Alejo Vietti and sound design by Kai Harada.Beaches premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in spring 2014, starring Mara Davi and On the Town’s Alysha Umphress.last_img

Sale fails to satisfy ambitious expectations

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Palm Beach Shores Men Accused of Harassing, Threatening Sheriff’s Deputy

first_imgTwo men are accused of harassing and threatening a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy in Palm Beach Shores, as the deputy allegedly did the same to them.According to a police report, 24-year-old Fred Patrick Spring, and 23-year-old Carson Shoaf, who live at the same address in Palm Beach Shores, were booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Wednesday.Spring remained there on Thursday, without bond. Shoaf left the jail Wednesday afternoon on $21,000 bond.Each of them is charged with aggravated stalking of a law enforcement officer, as well as threat to an officer.The PBSO report explains that 43-year-old Deputy Darrell Russian lives in, and is assigned to, the 10-square-block town at the tip of Singer Island.On the afternoon of July 4, Russian told investigators that he and a colleague were patrolling near the ocean, when they came across the two men walking with spear guns.Russian said he reminded them the beaches were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that spear fishing was illegal in the Intracoastal Waterway.The officer says Spring cursed at him, using both the “F” word as well as a gay slur.Five days later, Russian said he assisted PBSO’s narcotics unit with a search warrant at the home of the two men. They found two guns there.Once again, Russian said Spring and Shoaf cursed at him and told him that they know where he lives, which is a few houses away.Last Tuesday, Russian noticed a car tailing him while he was off-duty in his personal vehicle. Shoaf was driving the other vehicle, and Spring was a passenger, the report states.Russian said he pulled into the Sailfish Marina, where the other car blocked him. When he stepped out, Spring, with fists clenched, physically threatened Russian, accusing him of setting up the narcotics search. Russian said Spring told him, “I know where your wife and daughter are at. I know where you live.”Russian said he replied, “I’ll end you if you come to my house.”Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeOne of the arriving deputies said she heard Spring threaten the marina manager, and also heard him say, “I hate cops.”The other deputy said Spring cursed at him as well, and said, “take off your badge. I’ll beat your (expletive.)”Shoaf declined to speak to investigators on Tuesday. However, Spring said that he did not like Russian’s attitude during their encounters. He added that he saw Russian park in front of his home last Friday, and that Russian almost collided with his car earlier that day.When an investigator said that marina security video shows a different version of the encounter than Spring’s, Spring answered, “We are done.”“We deny the allegations,” West Palm Beach lawyer Jonathan Wasserman, who is representing Spring, said Thursday.“We certainly dispute almost all of the allegations in the probable cause affidavit,” said Ian Goldstein, a West Palm Beach lawyer who is representing Shoaf. “This officer has actually been the one harassing my client. He absolutely denies making any threats to the officer, ever.”PBSO said Thursday that, “if the suspects felt threatened by the deputy, they are welcome to file a complaint.”The agency said Russian came to PBSO from Palm Beach Shores when the agency contracted with the town last November. He had been with the Palm Beach Shores police department since 2013.Palm Beach County Circuit Court records show five previous felony cases for Spring between 2014 and 2017. Convictions on battery, gun, and traffic charges resulted in jail time.One of the cases, on drug charges, was eventually dropped. In January of 2017, he was sentenced to 16 months in state prison on a felony battery conviction, and left in March of last year.Court records show only two traffic charges for Shoaf.last_img

US women win 4×400 to give Felix 3rd Olympic gold

first_img“By the time I got the stick,” Richards-Ross said, “it was basically a victory lap.”The United States finished in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds—good for a 3.36-second rout over Russia, the biggest margin in the final of the long relay at the Olympics since East Germany beat the U.S. by 3.58 seconds in 1976.Jamaica took third in 3:20.95.“I think we were all pumped before this race,” Felix said. “There was a lot of emotion. We just wanted to close it out.”The U.S. extended its Olympic winning streak in this event to five straight, dating to 1996.Felix became the first U.S. woman to win three golds in Olympic track since 1988, when Florence Griffith-Joyner won the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay in Seoul.Felix’s victories came nearly a quarter-century later and half a world away, though she’s now in the same stratosphere with some of the U.S. greats.“London is very special to me,” said Felix, who now has a total of six Olympic medals.Handed about a 10-meter lead by teammate DeeDee Trotter, Felix ran the second leg in 47.8 seconds—1.8 seconds faster than Russia’s Antonina Krivoshapka—to put a huge swath of track between her and the Russians before she handed off to Francena McCorory.McCorory expanded the lead by another .49 seconds, then delivered it to Richards-Ross, who was basically running alone, loosely holding onto the baton as she breezed across the finish line.All she had to do was pace herself and make sure she didn’t fall.Also receiving gold will be Keshia Baker, Diamond Dixon and Rochester’s Lauryn Williams, who ran in the preliminaries.The track meet could have been an even more rousing success for the United States had the men won more than the one medal they took in the 100, 200 and 400—events they dominated for decades, until Usain Bolt came around.But that’s not Felix’s fault.And she’ll leave London having accomplished the same things Bolt did at these games: Three gold medals and one world record. Felix got hers (40.82 seconds) Friday night as part of the 4×100 relay team. Bolt got his in Saturday night’s men’s 4×100 (36.84).The U.S. has won the 4×400 at every Olympics and world championship since 2007.“That’s the Dream Team, all day,” said Trotter, who also took bronze in the 400 meters.Some track touts predicted Jamaica—or maybe Russia—might give the United States a run in this race.Sounded good in theory.“On paper, it seemed like it was going to be a great race,” Richards-Ross said. “But by the time I got the stick, we had already dominated the race.”It’s a great moment for the 27-year-old Jamaican native, as well.Richards-Ross has dual citizenship and her parents moved to the U.S. when she was 12, in part because there were better training opportunities available in the States.These days, she’s married to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Aaron Ross, who has two Super Bowl rings at home that will now share space with a few more gold medals.No real stress this time, though, and the U.S. women hardly looked winded as they danced and circled the track with American flags held high behind their heads. DREAM TEAM—United States’ women’s 4 X 400-meter relay team from left, Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Deedee Trotter celebrate after winning the gold medal in at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) LONDON (AP)—By the time Allyson Felix was done with her part, her third gold medal of the Olympics was all but hanging around her neck.Staking the U.S. team to more than a 2-second lead at the halfway point Saturday night, then watching Sanya Richards-Ross bring home the blowout victory, Felix added the 4×400-meter relay gold to the titles she won earlier in the 4×100 relay and 200-meter sprint.last_img

A Taste of Highlands

first_imgBy Anastasia Millicker20 restaurants and other shops to offer food, drink and fun June 23HIGHLANDS – The first Taste of Highlands tour will be launched Saturday, June 23, and will offer area residents the opportunity to sample local fare from 20 borough establishments.Twenty restaurants, 16 of which will serve cocktails, will open their doors from noon to 6 p.m. for food tastings during the tour, sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership and the Sandy Hook Policeman’s Benevolent Association Local 48.Havana Tropical CaféThe Highlands Business Partnership “attempted to put this together back in 2004,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “We were all at a meeting at Off The Hook and were planning it for right around the Mardi Gras season in February so it was off-season and we couldn’t get enough participation.”Recently neighboring communities started holding “taste tours” of restaurants and the idea for a Highlands tour was reignited, Cefalo-Braswell said. The partnership started planning the 2012 Taste of Highlands tour last year.The June 23 event will have two party limousine buses that will bring people from location to location, Cefalo-Braswell said. Unlike the open-air trolley, the buses will have air conditioning to accommodate “tourists” from each location.People will check in on the day of the event at either Veterans’ Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues or Huddy Park at Bay and Waterwitch avenues.Registered participants will receive a map, a drawstring backpack and coupons from restaurants and other shops they may visit around Highlands. They will also receive a lanyard and bracelet.Visitors who get their maps stamped at each of the 20 participating restaurants can drop the maps in a collection bin on the bus before 6 p.m. The stamped maps will be used as their entries in a raffle for a $200 Biz Buck that will be valid at any of the businesses participating in the Taste of Highlands.As of June 18, the High­lands Business Partnership, the Sandy Hook PBA Local 48 andparticipating establishments had sold about 350 tickets.The money collected from tickets sales will go toward the Highlands visual improvement fund and holiday decoration expenses including tree lightings.“We are very excited to be a part of this and the menus look superb,” Cefalo-Braswell said. “In Highlands, we have very different types of cuisine. You have Cuban, Mexican, Italian and a good mix of seafood.”Bahr’s Landing will offer a Jackson Hole margarita along with seafood fare. Chilango’s will offer guava jalapeno cilantro margaritas, Grimaldi’s will offer wine as well as pasta with Bolognese sauce, and Inlet Café will offer visitors sangria or Coors Light drafts.WindanseaRestaurants participating are: Andy’s Shore Bar, Bahr’s Landing, Bay Avenue Bakery & Café, Bay Avenue Trattoria, Chilangos, Chubby Pickle, Claddagh, The Clam Hut, Driftwood Bar and Liquor, Gert’s Snacks and Spices, Grimaldi’s, Francesco’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Fresh Restaurant & Catering, Havana Tropical Café, Inlet Café, Lusty Lobster, Off The Hook, Original Oyster, Twin Light Taphouse and Windansea.Jack Daniels, one of the many sponsors of the tour, will offer promotional material at several of the establishments.Tickets for Saturday’s event can be purchased in advance at any of the participating establishments or by calling 732-291-4713. For additional information visit

Raphoe Community Notes: Town gets ready for the Christmas disco!

first_imgThe following are the notes from the local Raphoe community for the coming week.Raphoe Family Resource Centre Clg.Raphoe Family Resource Centre provide Computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email. If you need any help on these areas, please call in to us or give us a call. If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503. Christmas Disco!Raphoe Family Resource Centre will hold its Christmas Disco on Friday 13th December 2019 in the Presbyterian Hall at 7PM. DJ Marty will be spinning the tunes and Santa himself may make an appearance!! Also some special guests have been invited!!! Should be a good night’s fun for all the family. Everyone welcome!Something Special Group – Drop-In Support MorningIf you are a parent/guardian of a child or children with a physical/sensory/intellectual disability; Autism Spectrum Disorder; dyslexia/dyspraxia; or delayed communication and feel you need to talk to others in similar situations please feel free to come along. Types of support given are listening ear, help with applications, information sharing, and signposting to other support services and interventions. If you would like any further information, contact Laura on (074)9145796 or 0873641503. Our next morning will take place on Friday 29th November2019 at 10 am. Toddler GroupLittle Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon in the Presbyterian Hall, Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe. Anyone who is in the care of a child parent(s)/guardian/aunt/uncle/child-minder or grandparent is welcome. Toddler groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of similar age. A light snack is provided for the kids while adults can enjoy a wee cuppa and chat! Cost €2 per family.Raphoe Boxing ClubThe boxers and officials at the local boxing club would like to tender a sincere thanks to all the local indoor footballers “The Gym Gang” for their generous sponsorships towards a CCTV security system at the boxing club and this system also covers the local children’s play park and is greatly appreciated by all the boxing club and play park committees. The boxing club hosted a bumper tournament on Saturday last in Deele College when they had as their guests a Tenbury Wells selection from England. We would like to thank the bumper crowd who turned up on the night, all the generous sponsors, the caretakers at Deele College and all the boxers who travelled long distances to help make the night a huge success, it is greatly appreciated.Vincent’s Raphoe Eveningwear Sale Vincent’s shop in Raphoe has received a consignment of new stock from a bridal boutique. Among the items we have for sale are exquisite evening/prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses, first communion dresses, tiara’s and headpieces and various bridal/evening accessories. The items are all new and top quality brands. You can call into our shop in the Diamond Raphoe, or call 074 91 73933 to make an appointment to view and try on in private.Helping Hands SchemeDo you live alone or are no longer in a position, due to age or disability, to carry out odd jobs? Raphoe Family Resource Centre, supported by DLDC Tus Scheme have a helping hands project were odd jobs can be carried out such as grass cutting, path clearing, tidy ups, painting etc. Only outdoor work is permitted. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 0749145796/087364150350/50 Bonus BallThe winner of last week’s bonus ball was Rose Harris, winning number 41. Congratulations Rose! To enter the bonus ball please call in!Raphoe Walking Group Raphoe Walking Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC. Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!!Seniors Alert SchemeRaphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme please contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.Are you interested in up skilling? Would you like to learn about computers?Are you from the Raphoe area? Donegal ETB will be starting a beginner’s computer course on Tuesday 24th September from 10am-1pm in the Volt House, Raphoe. On this course you will build your knowledge and skills, and gain more confidence in working with read more

San Jose Sharks defenseman out long-term with knee injury

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Radim Simek is out long-term with damage to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, dealing another blow to an already shorthanded Sharks defense corps with a less than a month to go before the start of the NHL playoffs.Simek, 26, suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg and will undergo surgery. No timetable has been set for his return, although it seems unlikely that Simek would be able to come back this …last_img

2016 ASI spring legislative trip

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was mid- March, the buds were just starting out of the trees, and the ASI Spring Legislative Trip was being held to Washington D.C. In 2015, the time was moved from early May to mid-March by the American Sheep Industry (ASI) in hopes of being able to catch more legislators in their offices.Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) was able to take two young progressive sheep industry leaders on this lobbying trip to show our legislators that there is a bright future to the sheep industry, and that they want to be involved.OSIA members Katherine Wenner (Delaware County), Brady Campbell (Washington County) and ASI Region 3 Director Susan Shultz (Logan County) joined OSIA Executive Director Roger High for another enlightening lobbying trip. Along with representatives from many other states, the Ohio delegation worked to promote the interests of the sheep industry through educating our government leaders about its industry issues.The ASI trip officially kicked off with a briefing meeting at hotel headquarters, followed the next day by a trip to the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters. Several USDA agencies — including Farm Service Agency, APHIS — Veterinary Services, Wildlife Services, Agricultural Marketing Service, Foreign Ag Service, and the National Forest Services. Each department within USDA sent representatives to brief the sheep industry on major issues, which are impacting their department. Hearing the concerns of shepherds from other states provided Wenner, Campbell, and Shultz with more knowledge of the impact of federal policies on the sheep industry.Meetings were held with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman’s offices. Meetings were also held with representatives from the following congressional offices: Gibbs, Johnson, Wenstrup, Renacci, Tiberi, Stivers and Latta. Wenner, Campbell and Shultz tailored their message to show each member of Congress the sheep industry impact on their district — whether rural or urban. They spoke about the importance of support for services provided by USDA and the importance of OSU Extension and OARDC programs within the state. The Ohio delegation also thanked each of the congressional offices for any work they may have done to put together an acceptable farm bill beneficial to agriculture and the sheep industry.The three Ohio sheep producers stressed during the legislative meetings that now is a great time to be in the sheep industry due to the growing demand for lamb and goat meat from ethnic populations in the United States.There is a real opportunity for job creation as many Ohioans want to become involved in sheep or goat production. In order to recruit more people into small ruminant production to meet the growing demand, several key items are needed.Shepherds must be allowed to use available — and approved — means for predator control so lamb crops are not decimated by coyotes and black vultures. Federal regulations must be addressed to find a method of controlling the black vulture, which is protected under the 1918 Migratory Bird Act but no longer migrates away from the livestock-rich southern portions of Ohio.Finally, it is vital all shepherds work to ensure sheep production in the western United States is allowed to continue on federal lands, as the use of these western lands impacts the entire country. The sheep industry is such that if production diminishes there, the infrastructure for the entire industry will be affected.On Wednesday evening, ASI celebrated a successful lobbying trip with a lamb barbeque at the lobbying firm of Cornerstone Group Associates.last_img

Security is the categorical imperative of the Internet of Things

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#Greenwave#Internet of Things#IoT#security Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts If it isn’t secure, it shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet. There, I said it.The litany of increasingly menacing cyber hacks, breaches and blockages of 2016 casts a dark shadow on our collective rush to innovate. While not responsible for every new attack, the rise of the IoT has demonstrably fueled a heightened level of destructive capability for threat actors, and poor security implementation is the root cause.There is no turning back the clock to a simpler time: IoT is the way of the future. But in manifesting that future, the focus has been on speed to market, cost minimization, and ease of use. All are admirable business goals, but as we’ve learned this past year, they’ve resulted in calamitous side effects when the basic and very elemental security processes get breezed over in the push to obtain them.Yes, consumers want inexpensive, uncomplicated, and novel applications — those “plug and play” remote-control security cameras and baby monitors, automated utilities, programmable conveniences. And yes, companies respond to that demand seeking profit in the face of real-world market pressures. This generates tremendous innovation.Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist of Greenwave SystemsBut when it comes at the cost of being able to do our jobs or access our news outlets or rely on our power grids or our emergency services or the privacy of our health records or bank accounts…need I go on? It’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and reconsider our IoT priorities.There is an inherent tension between the notion of the Internet, which by design is made for sharing information far and wide, and IoT devices and solutions, which are increasingly “personal” and collect/use information that must be protected.Unfortunately, IoT device manufacturers have tended to tilt toward the “Internet” side without seriously addressing the consequences of not securing the actual “things” they are selling. However, reasonable methodologies for ensuring IoT device and system security follow the same engineering best practices espoused in other manufacturing disciplines. There is really no excuse for poor security implementation. It’s just been easier and cheaper to push responsibility on to the next participant in the IoT chain. Ultimately, the onus of properly securing services or devices has fallen to the end user, who is usually ill-equipped to handle the job.Too much focus on business-related risk?Further, when they do advocate for improved IoT security, companies too often dwell on business-related risk: “You don’t want to be the next security scandal in the headlines. You’ll lose customers and face a host of legal and financial penalties that could threaten your business.”That sort of thinking is actually quite shortsighted. IoT gives “the Internet hands and feet: the ability to directly affect the physical world,” according to cybersecurity guru Bruce Schneier.In a recent op-ed, he wrote: “What used to be attacks against data and information have become attacks against flesh, steel, and concrete … The possibilities are pretty literally endless. The Internet of Things will allow for attacks we can’t even imagine.”Considering the exploitable weaknesses already evident in recent examples of hackable cars and thermostats, it’s an understatement to say that the IoT ecosystem must take privacy and security more seriously. IoT manufacturers have a moral obligation to meet baseline security standards, enforce policies and procedures to prevent infiltration, provide means to detect inappropriate access to connected products, and minimize any potential damage caused by unauthorized access.As Schneier points out, an unsecured IoT device or series of devices or systems can cause irreparable physical harm to individuals, groups, nations, and the world itself. Does anyone really want to be the device maker that facilitates the first IoT-caused injury or death?Security is the categorical imperative of the IoT. Many companies have always understood this and have never abdicated their responsibilities. But that understanding needs to be made absolute. Security must be baked directly into every IoT solution; incorporated into the development process of all devices and systems and suppliers; normalized across every application.All stakeholders need to be on a common ground — and education is the first step. Efforts like those of the Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) Privacy and Security Committee seek to establish and disseminate guidelines for minimum viable products and policies to strengthen privacy and security.There is no such thing as infallible security and there will always be people looking for read more