Technological innovations have always played an important role in shaping the cyber security industry. From personal computers to laptops to smart phones, the cyber security industry has had to evolve at a near break neck pace to remain effective. One of the challenges it will face in the coming year is the expanding world of the Internet of Things and how the IOT will shape the future of cyber security.
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things refers to a new ecosystem of connected devices. These devices utilize connectivity to interact both internally and externally. For example, many of the new smart home technologies becoming available are part of the Internet of Things. Thermostats that communicate with your smart phone to ensure your home is efficient and comfortable based on your personal schedule, for example, are becoming a mainstream product.
But it doesn’t stop there. The IoT will continue to encompass a wider variety of devices with the ultimate goal of a level of interconnection we have yet to experience. Our cars, homes, and appliances will be able to store and use data to make our lives more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable.
What does the IoT mean for cyber security?
Any device on a network can provide hackers with a point of entry if it is not adequately secured. The proliferation of connected devices is, according to many experts, outstripping the security solutions needed to keep our networks and data safe. There are a number of serious problems facing cyber security due to the growing IoT:
As new companies race to ensure that their proprietary IoT devices are the first on the shelves to account for consumer demand, there is a serious concern that security is taking a backseat to early adoption. Furthermore, the lack of standardisation makes it difficult for security experts to determine the safety of devices on a case by case basis. With so many different systems in place, identifying common vulnerabilities has become increasingly complicated.
It is extremely important for experts to continue to work to ensure that the IoT does not become a devastating cyber security vulnerability. The industry will, as it has in the past, have to adjust to cope with these new challenges.