The Internet is no longer just accessible from your laptop or mobile phone. It’s now part of television sets, baby monitors, ovens and cars. It is increasingly embedded into medical devices and other critical devices. The Internet is everywhere and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a trend that will continue to grow.
Unfortunately this growth in technology is being matched by an equally large growth in security concerns. Just last month multiple presentations at the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences highlighted weaknesses in various IoT devices. Although there has been some additional focus on the challenges of IoT security, such as the OWASP Top 10 for Internet of Things Security, the future is still going to be an uphill battle.
Lack of updates will be IoT’s Achilles heel
An ineffective or nonexistent plan for deploying security updates will be the single largest impediment to security for the Internet of Things. The reality is that vulnerabilities appear in all code from time to time. A solid security lifecycle that considers security throughout design and development will have notably fewer security issues. However, all software manufacturers must be ready to quickly respond to a vulnerability and release a patch to protect their users. … (Read more)