Since the turn of the decade, we’ve seen a rampant change in both the usage of smart technology and its mass production. Today, it’s not uncommon to find someone on a general salary and a rather basic lifestyle to have some smart implementations in the home. the Internet of Things, then, is transforming the world in which we live. What was once seen as space-age is now becoming rather common!
That, though, is a challenge for many reasons. While it’s excellent that smart technology is being pushed out so large-scale, it has a major security issue on the basis that most IoT technology is built upon easy to control but hard to upgrade hardware. Usually constrained in some means, this means that as smart tech continues to evolve, so does the ability to upscale and modernize the security practices on now-outdated and vulnerable IoT hardware.
Some of the major changes which are expected in the short-to-medium-term in the industry, then, include:
New changes to encryption
Encryption must be changed, and it has to ensure that communication is as safe and as encrypted as it possibly can be. Ensuring that commands are as hard to read as possible as well as making sure that better command integrity can become part of all IoT encryption is the first step to really transforming the process.
Sensitive data has to be better managed, too, seen as most IoT hardware runs off mobile apps and user accounts which are majorly lacking in security protocols.
Alterations to security
Another big change has to come from how devices are secured physically. Many IoT pieces of hardware can easily be manipulated, adjusted and messed around with on a regular basis. This creates security concerns, meaning it’s easier for pieces of kit that are even just a year or two old to be cracked and decoded.
In an industry that prides itself on inter-connectivity, IoT hardware has to become more robust when it comes to updates. More updates mean less security threats, which should be paramount to the progress of the IoT industry.
The other critical issue in IoT security is from backdoor operation. Many of these devices have a backdoor that is very easy to get into for surveillance, legal and police requirements. However, these tend to go against most forms of privacy and this can ensure that it’s easy for other parties to gain access to information and content that, broadly, should not be possible.
From ensuring that UDID codes cannot be easily monitored or taken over to removing backdoors altogether, something has to be done to make the IoT generation of hardware safe as well as private.
Amid all the praise for IoT and Smart homes, we have to appreciate that there is a clamour for greater security, safety and understanding. As models are rapidly outdated, changes are needed to ensure that simplicity in installation does not leave too many loopholes for security exploits to take place. If the industry is to thrive, it has to make sure that every user can feel as safe, protected and private as possible.