Cyber Security and the Internet of Things

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The potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) only increases when the infrastructure comes standard with security measures to keep order in the ecosystem. If you are looking for gainful employment in this new IoT mainstream society, you gain an advantage if you are skilled in cyber security

According to a global Symantec survey, when security experts were asked about the main conditions creating friction in the new IoT market, 39% of them responded that security was their most important concern. Data and device security was the largest risk factor as detailed by those experts. The IoT environment needs to be secure, and is ripe with opportunities for cyber security professionals.

Here are three reasons why:

IoT Devices Are Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

The FBI issued a warning to owners of IoT connected vehicles recently, and the Chrysler Jeep hack showed these systems to be vulnerable to attack from a cellular device under certain conditions, putting the driver and passengers in the car at risk. The Bangladesh National Bank lost the equivalent of US $81 Million because of an IoT hack. Incidents like these showcase the huge need for security experts who understand the specific needs of the IoT landscape.

IoT Technology Brings New Waves of Risk

The latest iterations of IoT technology would create houses created completely from connected appliances that would vastly improve the capabilities of a household while reducing its energy output. However, the risk is that a weakness in the infrastructure of this type would cause a homeowner to lose control of his or her house, should a hacker take over the system. This has been one of the main reasons that the mainstream has yet to see an influx of this incredible technology, except in a few select cities. Without the proper security employees in place, the technology may never hit the mainstream.

IoT Devices Can Help Spread Malware

A recent cyber attack took down some of today’s biggest and most trafficked websites, including Twitter, Paypal and CNN. Individuals who took advantage of the connections among devices, including household ones like security cameras, printers and refrigerators, perpetrated the attack. Because the IoT encourages an environment in which our technologies are able to speak to each other, all of our devices are more vulnerable. It is the very connection between them that allows malware to spread; some of the devices utilizing IoT, like refrigerators are not secure, and act as portals to other devices, whose security measures are rendered useless because of this unique approach. According to Mercury News, these attackers used “Mirai,” a malware code that finds unsecure gadgets by scanning the internet for technologies that use certain default passwords.

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