Internet connectivity has taken on new meaning in recent years. No longer restricted to internet-enabled computers and laptops, today’s digital landscape extends past the user and allows for the direct interaction of physical objects supported by built-in sensors, software, and other technology. This new internet of things (IoT) provides increased user convenience, allowing individuals to perform complex tasks easily through smart, connected, everyday devices. Businesses likewise benefit, collecting and analyzing user data to enhance customer service and improve decision making capabilities.
But while IoT carries with it many key advantages, it also introduces a growing risk. This is because the current IoT is made up of billions of connected devices, and each one represents a possible threat vector for cybercriminals attempting to gain unauthorized access to sensitive networks. To combat this threat, organizations are investing in a new form of cybersecurity: IoT security.
Until relatively recently, business and personal networks operated with few potential access points. But IoT devices changed all of that. Every new thing—from the fitness tracker worn on a user’s wrist to the IP cameras stationed around an office—becomes a vulnerability. Often, these smart objects lack the more-robust protection afforded to traditional devices, making them obvious targets. And when hackers breach IoT defenses they not only gain access to sensitive user data but may also move laterally into the rest of the network.
In other words, unsecured IoT can act as an unguarded backdoor into your systems and databases. And just like IoT itself, the number and types of threats are growing.
IoT creates an exponentially expanding attack surface that can be extremely difficult to defend. But what makes IoT even more dangerous is that many of the devices themselves operate under obsolete security standards. Without the benefit of modern IT-based malware prevention, IoT devices may fall prey to outdated attacks that would otherwise pose no threat to the network. At the same time, cybercriminals are creating sophisticated new tactics designed specifically to overcome IoT defenses.
Examples of major IoT security threats include:
Although there are many different methodologies that each play a part in IoT security, there are also issues that make securing IoT devices a difficult prospect. Here, we highlight some of the challenges that may prevent an organization from achieving a complete IoT security posture:
Internet connectivity is so much more than it once was, and that creates distinct challenges for businesses that incorporate IoT devices into their networks. To prevent these new advances in smart technology from becoming exploitable vulnerabilities, organizations need reliable security solutions capable of matching the evolving needs of IoT.
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