Three security problems the IoT will create

The connected world is coming sooner than you think. App developers and mobile service providers are already taking advantage of the new era of connected cars, wearable devices, and entire smart homes — all fitting into the notion of the Internet of Things (IoT).

According to Gartner, there are currently 4.9 billion connected devices in use, with that number projected to soar to 25 billion by 2020.

This sudden expansion will boost the economic impact of the IoT as consumers, businesses, city authorities, hospitals, and many other entities find new ways in which to exploit the technology. Yet, they won’t be alone. Hackers will increasingly target this technology and exploit it in a very different way.

This begs the question, what about IoT makes it such a vulnerable target for cyberattacks? Here are three security problems that IoT will create:

  1. Increasingly Poor Security Design. From a security perspective, IoT devices share some common features with their mobile brethren. Both store, transmit, and process highly sensitive consumer information within potentially hostile environments that manufacturers have no control over. However, mobile software manufacturers can avoid security incidents by moving the processing of sensitive information assets into a more controllable environment like a centralised server that they can reliably connect to.

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Source: Techweek Europe

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