Internet of Thing (IoT)

Microsoft recently issued a warning that a foreign country was using the Internet of Things (IoT) devices as launching pads. Such as IoT printers, video camera, and other office items were being used to penetrate networks.

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

What is the main advantage of IoT?

• Ability to access information from anywhere at any time on any device;
• Improved communication between connected electronic devices;
• Transferring data packets over a connected network save time and money;
• Automating tasks helps improve the quality of a business’s services and reduces the need for human intervention.

What is the Security challenge of IoT? 

  • The internet of things connects billions of devices to the internet and involves the use of billions of data points, all of which need to be secured.
  • IoT security hacks can happen in any industry, from smart homes to a manufacturing plant to a connected car. The severity of impact depends greatly on the individual system, the data collected and/or the information it contains.
  • As the number of connected devices increases and more information is shared between devices, the potential that a hacker could steal confidential information also increases;
  • If there’s a bug in the system, it’s likely that every connected device will become corrupted;
  • There’s no international standard of compatibility for IoT, it’s difficult for devices from different manufacturers to communicate with each other.

How to protect IoT systems and devices?

  • Planning security at the design phase.
  • Never hardcoded credentials.
  • Network Security.
  • Application Security.
  • Identity Security.
  • Patch management.

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About the Author: Michael Takacs

Michael Takacs is the CEO and co-founder of MJJT Consultants. Mr. Takacs is a certified CSXP (Cyber Security Nexus Practitioner) which endorses him to build, test, and display his ability to be an in-demand cyber security first responder. Mr. Takacs also holds multiple technical certifications from Barracuda Network, VMware, and 3CX, and is a member of ISACA.