The Internet of Things or the IoT is not a new thing… it’s been in existence for some time now, however within the confines of modest commercialization. Well, that was pretty much true until the recent security breach. For what it’s worth, more people than ever are talking IoT or the Internet of Troubles and about the problems IoT faces. Yes, IoT is in trouble.
The internet of troubles debate
After all the positive plugs surrounding IoT, it brings disappointment to the consumer. Its campaign and promises are much of a let down to the people who need security centered engineering. On the flip side of this development, investors are pitching in more money, departments are receiving more funding, and the buzz has put IoT on the map in a major way.
The negative aspects of the IoT were security, is security and security will always be a top concern. Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the US Federal Trade Commission, gave her point of view on implanting sensors into common devices and said that it could very well pose a monumental security risk. One would argue that the internet is never a safe and secure source, so why would anyone believe the IoT to be fool proof either?
New challenges… new fixes
Nonetheless, there are new challenges every day and together with technologies and security experts are charged with meeting and subsequently, conquering these changes. Ramirez feels that there are three key components that need addressing and their fixes are necessary to the well-being of the IoT:
Increased risk for security breaches
Ubiquitous nature of data accumulation
Possibility of unforeseen usage of consumer’s personal information
Companies and organizations need to take care and place emphasis on obtaining top-notch security, reduce data collection by certain IoT devices, along with make IoT more transparent while providing the consumer with the best opt-out option available.
Surely, everyone knows to change default passwords, especially on IoT devices and even to periodically change passwords. But did you know that although the password changes, other parts and services remain wide open and defenseless against infection. Having a low-level device could mean that the owner doesn’t know there’s a security issue.
It’s mysterious how the internet, at the same time, connects us all. Nonetheless, it’s a simple concept that has complex strategies and content. With that said, if problems with the internet and IoT devices arise and they are not fixed and fixed quickly and accurately the first time, the results could have catastrophic consequences.
One should always have a good defensive plan in case something should go wrong, and on the internet, bad things can spread like a wildfire on a dry, hot day. In the case of a viral infection, you may not even know that you have been infected. Finding out can be as easy as using a reputable open port locator tool. The application will scan IP addresses for open ports and advise you of any that are septic. Now, comes the part where you must get rid of this ferocious bug.
Start by doing a manual (hardware) reset. Power off your device and wait a minute or two before you turn the power back on. Likely, the malware is memory dependent and shutting down the power, will wipe out the virus.
Since IoT was born, the market has shown slow progress, but by and by, security has moved up the ladder as well. Investors and companies such as ARM and Intel will surely reap the benefits of a growing industry, but only their growth will be measured according to their seeds.
Who’s responsible for the internet of troubles?
In a perfect world, everyone accepts responsibility for his or her actions, so who is accountable for the internet of troubles? Cyber hijackers stole information from security videos and even printers, plus denied millions access to sites like Twitter and Amazon for several hours. Where does a person point the blame for this security breach?
Familiar brands such as Xerox and Panasonic have placed a recall on their devices along with the smaller family owned and operated businesses. But how many will not turn in their device is the real question? Will these people continue to use their devices knowing the risks of being compromised? The answer is surprising, ‘Yes, some people will remain dazzled and slow to return their device.’
What’s worse is that a source code has been released, which controls the botnet brigade. What this means is that you can bet your last dollar another attack is on the horizon. Aren’t they then are responsible for damages? Who is, from a legal standpoint, is responsible for the internet of troubles. IoT? The developers and manufacturers didn’t have a thing to do with the attack, so can we rightfully place the blame of them? No… I think not.
Standards, security, and lawsuits
Well, Michael Zweiback who’s an attorney with the law firm Alston & Bird and past cyber crime prosecutor says that one should expect the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a ton of investigations and an extra large pile of lawsuits. Zweiback also told Fortune, that the government officials have the privilege to bring legal action against the businesses that promote these devices using deceptive marketing schemes and selling them for unsafe products.
Apparently, there isn’t an incentive that would urge manufacturers to adopt a minimum security operating standard. Perhaps, selling total platforms or various designs for different IoT devices could generate more of a revenue for chip-makers, while reinventing standards and security levels.
Think about it!
If you think about an IoT resistant software that is specialized, what exactly comes to your mind? Have you given much thought to what would happen if all who use the network would share in the cost of this software that could be extremely pricey? On the other hand, what does happen when users can not afford this software? These people will likely want and use the lesser priced device.
Somehow, my friends, authorities will have to put to the test their persuasive powers and force makers to stop producing harmful, substandard products. It is, after all, the last thing we should have to worry about as if life is not challenging enough. I mean, it’s only the logical thing to do. More resources for security mean fewer security breaches. What’s in the future for IoT? Who knows but as long as the internet of troubles has a cyber home, it’s future is certainly unstable.