Skepticism Amongst IoT Developers And The Internet Of Things

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Yes, skepticism. Why is there skepticism about the internet of things? What caused this feeling towards technology that so many consumers rely on? The joke among many IoT developers is: “What does IoT stand for?” the answer, surprisingly, is “The Internet of Threats”.

These interrelated devices, many that have made our houses into smart homes, have actually streamlined our lives. So, how can it be that the internet of things is considered a threat?

Each device that a consumer has, is acting as an entry point into the network. But, who, in reality, considers obtaining security for your security system? Is that even possible? Why must we, in this day of smart technology and devices that can do so much for us, have to worry about getting even more security. Again, each of those smart devices is an entry into the network. According to IoT developers, if these entry points are not made secure, they could create a huge, unmanageable attack surface for unauthorized users. Seriously, cyber criminals can use an unsecured security system to perform their criminal activities.

It was only a few years ago that the IoT was attacked by the Mirai botnet. This attack happened by way of cyber criminals accessing IP cameras and routers. Then by using a hardcoded default passcode, they created a botnet that shut down most of the East Coast internet. More recently, a VPNmalware attacked small office and home office networks. By shutting down these SOHO systems, the cyber attack proved that it could very well shut down the energy grids all across the world. This also proved that we were not protected online or physically.

IoT developers do have some suggestions to help secure your security system and all other IoT devices.
First off, treat your devices like a person, give them their own identity. If you treat them like people who have been given secret access to the IoT, you can monitor their actions.

Once you have given the IoT device an identity, apply access control and policy based authentication.
Every business knows that you only give out as much permission to information as needed. The same should be said for the devices on the Internet of Things. Permissions and firewalls do need to be employed, thus preventing any unauthorized access. Basically stating that the less access you give a device(employee) the safer the IoT is.

Basic security knowledge also still applies. We all understand how we need to update and change our passwords routinely, and we need to make them difficult to figure out. Well, this also applies to IoT devices. We have been learning the difficult way that nothing is safe from a cyber attack. We must all be diligent in the security we issue and maintain.

Just as we would watch any employee to ensure that they are doing their jobs according to policy, we need to monitor the IoT devices. Monitor to ensure they are still in the right sector, make sure that there are no abnormal behaviors taking place. When there is no monitoring of employees, they start to ‘forget’ to do certain aspects of their job. The employer needs to update the training and remind them of where their focus should be.

There are thousands of devices that could be connected to the Internet of Things. It only takes one device that is not maintained properly, to allow the hacker access to everything. Utilize all the best practices and we can, together, eliminate the threat of the IoT.

As mentioned, cyber malware has already been used to attack. That is not the only issue facing the IoT and security. With the variety of devices that are all connected, the threat of Spam Emails and even Botnets are a major concern. A skilled hacker can easily locate one of the devices that is leaking internet protocol, then they are that much quicker to obtaining all personal or business information.

As smart vehicles become more of a reality, we risk a smart vehicle being hijacked. Thankfully, these automakers are already onto this threat. Imagine someone or something taking over the driving your car, and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop this from happening. Again, forethought is the prevention according to IoT developers.

The scariest threat of all is not that the cyber criminal can obtain personal information, or business financial details. The largest threat of the Internet of Things is the thought of a home invasion. YES!!! We are not talking about hackers only able to obtain information, in our world today, our homes are connected to the Internet of things too. All the devices in these smart homes need to be secure to prevent the IP leaking through an unsecured device.

To go over the list of threats to IoT must be done routinely to prevent access to data that is sensitive. Other acts or threats would be sabotage of the network and botnets.

The way to prevent in business and home attacks by way of the smart devices and IoT is to use strong passwords, and change routinely, make sure that you are using network security. Utilize updates and any patches when they are provided. Most of all, consider the necessity of who receives the information. Remember that the same as not every employee needs all security information, neither does all the devices that connect to the internet of things. Learn and practice being safe, not sorry!

Author Bio:

Harnil Oza is a CEO of Hyperlink InfoSystem, a mobile app development company based in USA & India having a team of best app developers who deliver best mobile solutions mainly on Android and iOS platform and also listed as one of the top app development companies by leading research platform. He regularly contributes his knowledge on the leading blogging sites.

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