Finally, the internet is no longer a simple network-based connection that fulfills your digital demands on your laptop, PC, tablet, or a smartphone. A new era has begun in the internet world, converting the technology into what is now known as the Internet of Things. This is the modern form and definition of the internet, but the term (IoT) was initially coined in the late 90s by the MIT’s Auto-ID Center Co-founder Kevin Ashton. Anyways, let us not get more into the past and keep our focus in the future of this amazing technology, which reminds us about the topmost concern technology gurus have about IoT right now: security. Due to the diversity of connected devices which IoT brings to the table, grave security concerns have surfaced in front of the IoT leaders (especially after the recent ransomware attack “WannaCry”).
The Internet alone is expected to connect around 34 billion devices by 2020 (24 billion from them via IoT technology), as predicted in this report by the Business Insider. This huge number of connected devices via IoT brings about some novel challenges, and new opportunities for innovations in the IT industry. Most people (or laymen) generally conceive the IoT security issue as another regular type of cyber-attack, but it is far from being one, as these 7 highly dreaded security loopholes about IoT clearly shows.
“The more the technology become complex and advanced, the more the techniques utilized by cyber criminals does so as well,” says Clovis Lacerda who is the founder of Parlacom Telecommunications Brazil, an IoT/M2M solutions provider.
Mr. Lacerda further states: “unethical hackers & cyber criminals have now started to target such crucial IoT devices as baby monitors, DVRs, cars, heart monitoring machines, webcams, and etc., all of which presents a grave challenge and responsibility on IoT programmers to define highly strict security protocols if we are to see IoT thrive safely in future.” Therefore, we will now discuss what are some of the techniques we can utilize to make IoT a safer and smooth technology in the coming years.
Some Of The Techniques We Can Use To Make IoT Safer -:
Just like the way cyber criminals exploit a combination of weaknesses found in the technology we create, in order to properly defend ourselves against unethical attacks, we need to be as diverse in crafting security protocols to protect technology as cyber criminals are diverse in breaking them. So, here are some of the techniques we believe will prove extremely vital in safeguarding IoT and its futuristic massive growth:
Data Protection Techniques: Data is, and will be, the central force that will drive the IoT industry. Security programmers must come up with various keys that can effectively protect data received and sent to IoT devices globally.
Thorough Examination Of Users: Strict techniques which examine a user access, permission, and role on an IoT central commanding system is a preeminent thing. Access given to a wrong person might cause as much a big chaos as the system and the range of its connected devices.
Regular Updates & Lifecycle Management: Creating and ensuring such proper and infringement-proof techniques that will keep the devices/applications updated (with latest firmware upgrades) and further ensures a proper lifecycle management.
Ensuring Application Integrity At Its Highest Level: There should be various strict techniques that can check and verify the integrity of source code (in various ways) of an IoT software to ensure no unauthorized element is present in the source.
Cloud-Based Seal & Validation: It is important to implement techniques that will ensure both the device and the cloud in question are exactly what they portray at the user-end. Furthermore, security techniques should also eliminate all and every chance of compromising their sanctity.
So, these were some of the top most security techniques which we believe can benefit IoT significantly in creating a successful future. IoT is not only going to engulf the industrial sector, but such crucial locations like our homes, offices, and the appliances in them as well. Therefore, ensuring a highly secure and much advanced IoT infrastructure (beyond the limits of an unethical hacker) is, quite evidently, a guarantee to make true all the great predictions about this amazing future technology.