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Title: Why IoT Security is Critical for its Mainstream Adoption?

Why IoT Security is Critical for its Mainstream
  • While almost anything and everything can be
    connected to the internet today, stealing
    sensitive information such as passwords or bank
    details isnt the purview of thriller movies
    anymore. You are not taken aback, right! Because
    news of Internet of Things (IoT) breaches often
    keep hitting headlines these days.
  • In this post we would discuss why Internet of
    Things security concerns are increasing and how
    to address them.

  • What is IoT Security and why so much emphasis on
  • Why IoT security has become an issue of high
  • What are the challenges to achieving a secure
  • Reasons behind the importance of IoT security
  • Multiple entry points for cybercriminals
  • Presence of data predators in the IoT ecosystem
  • Third parties can be data predators or potential
  • You are under watch, beware!
  • IoT hardware manufacturers lack security
  • Security of enterprise IoT is a greater concern

  • Safeguard measures to make IoT systems safe and
    secureSecurity by design
  • Securing the gateways that connect IoT devices
  • Ensuring that data repositories are secure
  • Keeping your softwares up-to-date
  • Appoint a dedicated person
  • Government regulations for IoT security
  • Be the IoT security evangelist
  • Deploying AI and machine learning to stay ahead
    of security threats
  • Lets take a dive into the connected world and
    make an attempt in understanding IoT security
    issues and ways to address them.

What is IoT Security and why so much emphasis on
  • IoT security is the realm of endeavour which
    deals with protecting connected networks and
    devices in the Internet of Things.
  • According to cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier,
    your security on the Internet depends on the
    security of millions of Internet-enabled devices,
    designed and sold by companies you have never
    heard of, and the worst part is that many of
    these devices dont even have a way to be patched.

  • More than tens of millions of devices are getting
    computerized and connected to the Internet of
    Things globally and every aspect of our lives are
    going to get affected by these devices. This is
    because those Things are nothing but fitness
    trackers, home appliances, medical devices,
    thermostats, light bulbs, cars, smart
    streetlights, etc.

Why IoT security has become an issue of high
  • According to Gartner report, more than 25 percent
    of identified attacks in enterprises will involve
    IoT by 2020.
  • The massive IoT-based DDoS attack against the DNS
    provider Dyn in October 2016 had disrupted access
    to popular websites including Reddit, Spotify,
    Twitter and the PlayStation Network. Dyn
    confirmed that the Mirai botnet was the primary
    weapon which exploited the vulnerability in IoT
    devices like webcams and digital video recorders.

Reasons behind the importance of IoT security
  • Lets take a look at why IoT has become an
    attractive target for cyber attackers and why its
    security is of paramount importance

Multiple entry points for cybercriminals
  • Hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities and
    security loopholes present in IoT solutions for
    carrying out malicious activities like changing
    device settings, authorizing other users to
    control devices remotely and also monitor live
  • For instance, in an Internet-connected car
    hackers can unlock the doors remotely and even
    shut it down while the car is in motion.

  • As the number of IoT devices in our lives
    increase, hackers will be able to break into our
    lives through multiple doors. The hacking of
    medical devices to steal health data gathered
    from health tracker devices or from smartwatch
    apps could pose serious consequences on a
    patients health.

Presence of data predators in the IoT ecosystem
Are you really up with your fitness regimen? Then
health fitness watch on your wrist must be
encouraging you to stay fit by providing you with
real-time health and fitness statistics.
  • What if this critical health data generated by
    your fitness watch becomes a target of a
    malicious entity? Scary, isnt it!
  • IoT devices not only generate data but they also
    intercommunicate with other devices and transfer
    a plethora of information.
  • Therefore, enterprises having hundreds of
    internet-enabled devices need to be extra
    cautious regarding their security measures as the
    colossal amount of data gets generated and
    transferred among the devices.

Third parties can be data predators or potential
  • In case you are wondering how your data can get
    misused, then you must know that there are
    multiple possibilities.
  • The company that gathers data might have foul
    intent and choose to misuse the data. Instead
    they might sell the data to someone with
    malicious intent.
  • Another instance could be that the company that
    collects the data for authorized reasons might
    get hacked and the hacker abuses the data.
  • In near future we can expect the government to
    introduce protocols for data collection and
    storage to evade the fear of data misuse.

You Are Under Watch, Beware!
  • If IoT devices get hacked then you are at risk of
    getting spied because IoT monitoring is for real.
    Moreover, businesses need to be extra careful and
    well aware of the risks IoT brings along because
    enterprise IoT adoption is on the rise.
    Similarly, manufacturers should also know that if
    they fail to manage the security of the devices
    designed by them then they could pose serious
    threat on their customers privacy.

You Are Under Watch, Beware!
  • The data collected by the devices could get
    leaked exposing the sensitive information of
    their customers. This in turn would lead to
    customer dissatisfaction and translate into fewer
    sales in future.
  • Furthermore, companies are more focused on fast
    shipping their products as there is manifold
    increase in competition and customer expectations
    as well. This in turn leaves loopholes in the
    products shipped leading to compromised data

IoT hardware manufacturers lack security expertise
  • IoT hardware manufacturers are still not equipped
    enough to integrate the best possible security
    protocols into their IoT devices. They are also
    equally responsible for compromising IoT security
    as their software counterparts because they are
    also part of the IoT ecosystem.

Security of enterprise IoT is a greater concern
  • However, we expect to see more investment coming
    in as the global IoT market matures, driving IoT
    security standards and improvement in IoT
    security solutions.
  • Security team experts at Helios believe that from
    a security perspective, the enterprise Internet
    of Things is at a greater risk than your smart
    wristbands, toasters or refrigerators.
  • Especially, industries such as insurance,
    finance, entertainment, media and healthcare
    could have security breaches that are
    unthinkable. Hence, they must consider the
    potential risks before installing connected
    devices and should not ignore carrying out proper

What are the challenges to achieving a secure IoT?
  • According to Forrester, four key challenges
    hindering the way to a safer IoT are as follows
  • Lack of basic security requirements for many IoT
  • Plethora of IoT standards and protocols creating
    security blind spots
  • Lack of clarity of responsibility regarding
    privacy and security
  • Scale and scope of IoT deployments hindering
    visibility into security incidents.

Safeguard measures to make IoT systems safe and
  • Security by design
  • Our team of software development experts suggests
    that you must consider integrating security at
    the design phase in order to minimize
    disruptions. Moreover, each phase of the software
    development process must include security
  • This approach also helps to evade the much
    complicated and costly attempt of adding security
    to IoT softwares once development and deployment
    is complete.

Securing the gateways that connect IoT devices
  • To ensure security of Internet-enabled devices
    you would need to secure the gateways that
    connect IoT devices to your company network.
  • IoT devices go through a one-time authentication
    process only and as they are always connected to
    Internet, they are more prone to hacking and
    serve as the source of infiltration to the
    companys network.
  • Therefore, securing these gateways would ensure
    safety and security of the overall system.

Ensuring that data repositories are secure
  • IoT devices often generate large amounts of data
    that are stored in huge databases. Those data
    repositories with colossal amount of data often
    attract corporate hackers who leverage big data
    to make profits.
  • Considering the fact that data theft cases and
    massive data breaches are have increased over the
    years, it is of utmost importance to put more
    efforts towards securing these data repositories.
    Moreover, companies must have robust data backup
    strategy and the security team should know how to
    restore data after a security breach.

Keeping your softwares up-to-date
  • Companies need softwares for their computer
    networks, laptops, desktops, wireless routers,
    network switches and other devices. They must
    keep them up-to-date with latest and authentic
    manufacturer security updates. This would help
    them to protect their devices against any
    security breaches.
  • You might be interested to read about the Role of
    Open Source technology in IoT Security.

Appointing a dedicated person
  • Taking into account the importance of IoT
    security, you should consider appointing a
    dedicated team or person to create and maintain
    security measures. It has been observed that most
    of the security breaches that have taken place
    are the result of human errors.

  • Someone in your company might get careless and
    unsystematic causing an error which in turn can
    pave the way for major security breaches.
  • You should also train your team or security
    person to act promptly in order to immediately
    address any loopholes as and when they are found.

Government regulations for IoT security
  • Security researchers have shown that
    Internet-enabled cars can be taken under control
    remotely. They have also unveiled vulnerabilities
    in implanted medical devices and showed that home
    thermostats are vulnerable to ransomware.
  • Since the risks are too high and computers are
    capable of affecting our world in a direct as
    well as physical manner, cybersecurity expert
    Bruce Schneider asserts that government must get
    involved in the IoT security by imposing
    stringent security regulations.

  • Schneier suggests that government could at least
    impose minimum security standards on IoT hardware
    and software manufacturers. This would force them
    to make their devices secure even if their
    customers do not care. Besides, manufacturers
    must be liable to punishment if their devices are
    used in any attacks.

Be The IoT Security Evangelist
  • Being an end consumer of devices you can become a
    security evangelist by making sure that you
    purchase devices which have security by design or
    rather say built-in security. You can also let
    the manufacturers of products lacking security
    know why you have not bought them. This would
    create awareness among the companies and
    consumers too.

  • Moreover, remember to secure the devices that you
    have purchased by changing the default username
    and password. Also enable their security
    features, and keep in mind that the devices
    should include the ability for encryption.
  • Being a professional software development
    company we make sure that our software
    development experts also play the role of
    security evangelist by following security by
    design! They use secure development practices,
    secure operating systems, and hardware security
    to ensure that the IoT solutions have built-in

Deploying AI and machine learning to stay ahead
of security threats
  • While IoT security is posing a great challenge
    for companies, CEO of Nemertes Research, Johna
    Till Johnson confirmed that AI and machine
    learning are making a significant difference in
    how fast companies can respond to threats.
  • She said if low-performing companies take days to
    weeks for threat detection then fast-performing
    companies do this within 10 minutes.
    High-performing companies are so fast because of
    machine learning and analytics.

  • AI adapts and learns about threats in real-time
    by analyzing large data sets which are often
    fragmented and overlapped with one another. It
    can also predict behaviour based on the current
    data sets and make your IoT infrastructure to
    prepare for a potential data breach.

  • Today the market is aflood with
    Internet-connected home appliances which not only
    offer you convenience but cost-savings too.
    However, security researches fear that
    vulnerabilities in these connected appliances
    could lead to crimes that are quite harder to
    detect or trace.
  • Likewise, IoT devices in organizations can serve
    as open doors for hackers to walk in if proper
    security measures are not in place.

  • IoT home security solutions could help consumers
    harness the full power of networked appliances
    and reap its benefits.

If you are interested in IoT app development
then collaborate with our software development
experts and move forward in your IoT journey. All
the best!
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