IoT- The Buzzword

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to become more embedded in our everyday lives, adding value to business and supplementing society for human and environmental gain. As we become more dependent on IoT it is important we prioritize cyber security to protect our investments, competitive advantages for businesses and for individuals across the globe.

Sensors and Internet of Things devices are making data collection inevitable and limitless. From emails and pictures through to factories, buildings, cars and turbines, it is predicted according to a report that by 2020 over 50 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide, creating 44 trillion gigabytes of data every year. Cognitive systems will improve our capability to use the information collected from the vast volumes of data to help us make informed decisions. It’s changing the way we live and work for the better. However, if data is left to accumulate it can eventually cause more harm than good.

Challenges & Concerns

The commoners may not necessarily be aware of the risks that come with IoT devices, as they don’t always take the safety measures, allowing hackers and cyber criminals to take advantage, making more security violations inescapable. Hence it is the duty of stakeholders involved in the IoT ecosystem, from silicon designers, device manufacturers, vendors, solution providers and end users to all take a stance on security for IoT.

As data becomes more available, helping us to make significant decisions, there are five facts on cyber security we need to be aware of to prevent cyber-attacks, loss of data and plethora of other issues.

Devices will function in aggressive environments

Unlike the mobile phones, tablets and laptops we use and carry with us virtually every day, IoT devices often operate without human control. So it’s important that IoT devices, such as remote office temperature controls, must be both rough and repellent to physical tampering. At the same time, they need to be able to recuperate from an attack and fail safely by breaking down to a bearable processing level—all without requiring human action. While cognitive security solutions can handle many threats and attacks, administrators of IoT deployments also need the visibility and supervision to handle the unusual scenario.

Software security will deteriorate over time

All software in use must be kept updated. And when it comes to IoT sensors and devices, the mending process particularly takes place in much dispensed, highly unrestrained environments—at a large scale. But even if all known vulnerabilities are addressed with the first release, new exposures and vectors for attack will almost certainly be discovered. The risk of attack increases with the length of time the equipment remains in service. That means system protections will need to be updated often for the life of these devices affecting the supply chain for both software and equipment.

Shared confidential do not remain confidential

A considerable number of IoT devices come preloaded with alike credentials across multiple devices. Although these preselected credentials should be changed by users before the devices are made operational, they’re often left as is. Default confidential isn’t confidential. Ambushers can use them to takeover such devices for unplanned purposes, making them exposed to obstruct or interruption. By delivering devices that elicit for a mandated password change upon first use on the device that they deliver thereby ensuring there are no default passwords that can be used later.

Feeble configurations will continue

The preselected configuration of an IoT device will generally remain in place as it takes notion and endeavours users to change it. If the default settings for a given device have access control turned off, then it becomes the owner’s choice to take measures to improve that security. Instead, security choices should be enabled either by default or as part of an inceptive system process, so that users are required to make a conscious decision to remove the default securities.

As data assimilates, vulnerable issues will augment

One of the key business drivers for IoT is the data that’s produced from devices and solutions. That puts the limelight on data security along with how it’s generated, used and aborted. Over time, connections between vivid, apparently different datasets may emerge. IoT devices are absorbing enormous amounts of personal and sensitive data, including everything from audio recordings, transcripts, GPS locations and heart rate readings. If the data isn’t managed, secured and destructed when it’s confirmed to be unworthy than the harm of holding on to it, the output may result to loss of privacy and to issues of data ownership. On a whole, the significance of partnering with IoT vendors and solution providers can be confided with your data.