The rapid growth of the IoT and connected devices are empowering many industries across the globe. With technology at the pinnacle, most businesses are modifying their operational framework. It’s certain that IoT and connected devices have unveiled numerous possibilities for businesses, but what about security protocols?
Did you know? More than one billion connected devices are using outdated security measures. Meaning, hackers can easily access the system and alter the working mechanism of IoT sensors. Just imagine if someone with murderous intention gets access to driverless cars or automated machinery. The results could be devastating. Hence, IoT manufacturers should concentrate more on building robust security protocols rather than producing more and more number of IoT devices.
Since the IoT and connected devices are used in every aspect of modern life, it is more than important to improve the security measures. If IoT manufacturers are not careful, they might lag behind, big time!!!
Internet of Things is Getting Out of Hand
The adoption of IoT and connected devices is picking up the pace. The number is accelerating every day, and soon every household and business will embrace this innovative technology. The number of IoT devices will hit 19 billion by the end of 2021.
The Internet of Things offers an array of opportunities, but still, we are only able to scuff the surface rather than optimize the available IoT resources to the fullest. From health care to transportation to manufacturing, every industry can benefit from this innovation. In spite of all the advantages, the security protocol of IoT sensors and connected devices are still compromised. The safety measures should be amplified to prevent external exploitation. Cyber Criminals are always abreast of the latest IoT releases, and are always trying to crack the code to enter the system. Due to the weakness of manufacturing regulations, IoT devices are prone to external threats.
According to AT&T the increase in IoT devices ascended to 3,291% in the past three years. Due to the lack of security in IoT devices, there has been the largest DDoS attack on Dyn – a domain name service providing company. As a result, a number of sites went offline including Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, and Netflix.
Threats to Health Care
Health Care Industry is rigorously implementing new IoT technologies to improve their services. However, IoT companies are regularly facing challenges to design innovative technology to drive health care services.
If hackers get a chance to infect healthcare devices, the results can be a nightmare. But, till date, there have been zero deaths due to IoT security breach. But the results are not satisfactory for Health Care Industry. In 2016, internet security of three renowned hospitals in the UK was undermined by cyber criminals. The results were not life threatening, but it led to the cancellation of all appointments in the hospital.
Indeed, hackers are just scratching the surface. If this continues, then they can cause severe damage to the health industry. That’s why IoT manufacturers should improve the security of their products, especially if they are designed for the health industry.
Health Care Industry is just an example; there are dozens of other industries facing difficulties due to lack of safety protocols in IoT devices. If hackers take down even one of these industries, we may lag years behind to develop a technology to deflect the attack. However, IoT and connected device manufacturers must integrate highest security standards to prevent such attacks.