The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connection of both wireless and wired devices to the web. According to estimates from Gartner, around 20 billion devices including items such as light switches, alarms and CCTV systems will be connected by 2020.
How connected is the world we live in?
Walk down any street or go into anyone’s home and you’ll come across IoT. Society has become a playground for malicious hackers because of the rise in connectivity.
Having so many connected devices and systems provides numerous benefits but there are also copious risks. Hacked fridges could send out spam to try and enter a network, but what about hacked traffic lights and power grids both of which could cause chaos and/or serious injury?
The IoT cyber landscape
IoT devices can communicate in different ways, from the selective to the always connected. One thing they all have in common is the ever present opportunity for exploitation from attackers. It is vital that companies that produce IoT devices consider security from the outset rather than as an after-thought.