The “internet of things” is a term that refers to all the electronic devices that are connected together over the internet. These are typically referred to as smart devices, but now we are seeing them in more places than just phones and computers. Smart electronics exist in cars, cameras, lights, locks, and virtually anything else you can imagine. The only problem with all these devices being connected to the internet is that it makes them vulnerable to hackers. For example, what happens if a thief is able to hack into the computer system of a smart house? This would allow them to control the house’s locks, thermostat, refrigerator, surveillance cameras, and so on. Obviously, there needs to be extra security added to the network in order to prevent hackers from gaining access to these critical controls.
One of the biggest security trends related to the internet of things includes segmenting each electronic device into its own network rather than having them share the same network. Each of these networks will then have access to them restricted by anyone who doesn’t have the right login credentials. Speaking of which, more people are learning that having separate passwords for each of their networks and smartphones is probably a good idea. That way, if a hacker were to figure out the password on one device, they wouldn’t be able to use the same password to get into other devices. Also, there are monitoring apps which will alert you whenever there is abnormal traffic on one of your networks. Then you can check the network to see who is trying to get in.
Security for the internet of things is actually becoming sort of like a project where you design a blueprint. It isn’t enough to just install a security software on your network. All stakeholders involved in the security are coming together to design the right security blueprint for the consumer. This includes the application developers, device manufacturers, and the consumers. Together, they all find a way to ensure that the software, firmware, data, and hardware of all the internet of things are secured. Any little slip up in this process could result in the entire security system being compromised.
Usually, big corporations and small businesses are the ones who really have to worry about the security of internet of things. Most residential consumers are not too worried about it yet. The average thief probably wouldn’t have the knowledge to know how to hack into a house. Unless you’re holding lots of money or jewels in your home, a hacker isn’t going to worry too much about hacking your internet of things and getting into your home.