Here Are 4 Areas Of Security Vulnerability Created By IoT

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 01, 2016

IoT The cyber security stakes are set to soar in 2016 as the Internet of Things (IoT) opens up numerous new avenues for hackers. With more products being made to connect online, dangers could manifest themselves in a multitude of ways. The Secure Internet of Things project currently underway on the campuses of Stanford University, UC Berkeley and University of Michigan aims to troubleshoot and address potential threats before they have a chance to begin. Yet the leaders of this project openly admit that cyber security inherently requires reactive adaptation, as web-based criminals will always find new ways to exploit new systems.

Here are the four major areas of vulnerability created with the advent of IoT.

1. Automobiles

Self-driving cars set to hit the roads in coming months and years will do so via constant connectivity to the internet. Several studies and news reports have already shown the vulnerabilities of web-connected cars, including the ability to remotely turn the vehicle off in the middle of traffic and disable braking systems. Security systems to prevent cyber carjackings from becoming the norm of the future are underway, but much work remains to be done.

2. Home security

Door locks, climate control and oven settings are all scheduled to become standard parts of IoT. In multiple ways – some more obvious than others – these web-enabled household elements create new vulnerabilities in home security. Needless to say, locking systems with remote control can be taken over to gain unauthorised access into a dwelling. However, the ability for cybercriminals to control air conditioning and range-tops can lead to destruction and personal harm, raising the stakes significantly.

3. Privacy

The products that are likely to arrive with the advent of IoT are undoubtedly going to be keeping track of data. With the right algorithms and intuition, it will be entirely feasible for crooks to discern enormous amounts of insight into a person’s life and livelihood. This in turn will help them pick their targets for identity theft and other forms of fraud.

4. National security

With an assortment of products – both constantly connected to the internet and capable of collecting data – set to be unleashed on the economy, the world’s leading intelligence and defense agencies will have to write new protocol to assess the new risks. Risks in the form of cybercrime vulnerabilities will undoubtedly increase. Wherever there is a product connected to the internet and embedded with a computer, adequate security must not be too far away.