INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) SECURITY

IoT devices are any physical devices that are able to connect to and communicate over the internet. This connectivity allows new opportunities for cyber criminals.

IOTIoT devices such as cameras, home sensors, and even baby monitors have become hugely popular. Unfortunately, security has been an after thought for many manufacturers and consumers. Here are some threats related to IoT devices that you should be aware of.

Insufficient authentication
Weak passwords, and a lack of two factor authentication on many devices can make it easy for an attacker to gain access to your devices.

Lack of Encryption
Unencrypted data, possibly even passwords being sent over the air with no protection (a recent story involved IoT lightbulbs doing just this between each other).

Physical Security
Are cameras showing weak points? Employee screens? Stock levels? An attacker could leverage this for malicious purposes.

Insecure software / hardware / firmware
Some devices are unable to receive updates with security patches. Or, it may be that manufacturers simply do not release updates. This is a huge vulnerability. Similarly, if device credentials are hard coded in (i.e. unable to be changed), then if these are ever exposed then it becomes much easier for an attacker to compromise that device, as well as potentially other devices on that network.

Insecure Networks
Do you have ports open that shouldn't be? Could the device be compromised to conduct DDoS attacks?

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