Internet of Things (IoT) devices are a network of devices that can be accessed through the internet.These devices identify themselves and communicate through embedded technology. These devices and their networks can create vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Through these exploits, data can be stolen or devices hacked and controlled by hackers (Britton, 2016).
There are security issues that face IoT devices that can affect security as they become more commonplace and accessible on networks. Hackers can focus on insecure web interfaces and network services to attack devices. Other areas of vulnerability include insufficient authentication and authorization and the lack of data encryption when it comes to privacy concerns. Both cloud and mobile interfaces pose security issues and vulnerabilities. Security configurations can be insufficient on IoT devices. The software and firmware running on devices can be open to hacks. Physical security for these devices may also be lacking (Britton, 2016).
As technologies evolve and new devices are added to the market the industry needs to continue to set up security standards and methods of implementing best practices to maintain security. Different ways of doing so would mean defining new protocols for communications or pushing new updates/patches for customers. Since human error is always a possible issue there should be incentives for users to update their device firmware. The hardware and software devices should be built and designed with security in mind. Manufacturers and designers should be also be required to be transparent about incidents and breaches (Solano, A., Dormido, R., Duro, N., & González, V., 2016).
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