Everything surrounding us that has a possibility of Internet connection is considering an Internet of Things device. It could be difficult to realize that a smart fridge, alarm clock, smart thermostat, coffee machine or even smart doorbell, being connected to your Wi-Fi network which is using an app on your smartphone for controlling and adjustments could be hacked and used as a backdoor to all your confidential personal data.
Cybersecurity and privacy
Cybersecurity and personal information privacy are the main problematiсs of the Internet of Things in the nearest future.
Internet of Things has already become an integral part of our daily life and it’s developing dramatically. IoT technology and its implementation in processes are advancing so fast that it’s backstage that is responsible for the data security seriously lags behind. This is caused by 3 main factors.
The main threats of the Internet of Things
First of all, the Internet of Things is still in its infancy and there is still no common security standards. There is no unique security platform which could integrate all devices into powerful and safety ecosystem.
Second of all, we must recognize that most of the end users have still no appropriate attitude for its own personal data protection. And as a consequence, they use the default passwords, don’t bother themselves with setting a strong authentication, additional brute force protection and don’t take care too much about data leakage unless is too late.
Third of all, let’s not forget about data privacy. Today most of the manufacturers of smart devices in order to deliver you free services can share to third-party collected information about your interests, habits, location, not just how you sleep, but with whom. Suddenly the data were trading for our free services has become a lot more personal.
Some time ago iRobots – the producer of the adorable robotic vacuum cleaner – the Roomba gave it the ability to make a virtual map of your home and figure out where it was within it.
A couple of months ago they turned around and said that they’re now going to share those maps with their commercial partners. And yes, you did give them permission to do that! You read the Terms of Service before you collect: “I agree”, right?