Security call to action: Preparing for the Internet of Things
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Operating and controlling physical machinery via software offers cyber-attackers a rich target to exploit.
Attackers could introduce malicious software or settings to a vehicle’s system, with potentially fatal consequences.
An attacker could compromise a drone’s navigation system and effectively steal it, or take control.
Information on consumer spending behavior, location and other aspects could be abused.
Effective IoT security should be integrated into business processes and product lifecycle schedules. Threat vectors pursued by hackers depend on their motives and skills, but in simplified terms, we see these components as most vulnerable:
Attackers may exploit weaknesses in application domains, many of which result from poor security awareness by users.
Domain attacks might focus on the core network infrastructure and the access network, or exploit vulnerabilities in protocols.
Devices and equipment
Connected household appliances and other devices depend on hard-coded access keys, making them vulnerable to brute-force attacks and spoofing.
For the digital enterprise to securely embrace the emerging IoT, it must seamlessly perceive its surroundings and automatically respond to changes and threats. We strongly recommend IT security leaders do the following:
Responsibility for end-to-end security in the IoT ultimately falls to the enterprise. The more a business emphasizes a trusted systems approach, the greater the assurance it is properly accounting for security. Because perfect security is not possible, ongoing, tireless vigilance is a must.