Internet of Things: Tackling security threats

Posted on December 29, 2014 11:41 am

Since the 1970s, when personal computers were largely adopted, the world has faced the threat of viruses.Since the introduction of World Wide Web, the World now faces the biggest threat called “malware”. Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine in the near future in our “connected” world that there will be many more increasingly complex forms of hacking and system attacks.Think of what happened to Sony Playstation and Microsoft’s run X-Box over the christmas period. The Internet of Thing is fundamentally weak from external attacks in my opionion, as the scope of a future network will be more than just a simple connection of devices. Its scope will be gigantic, in a way that is similar to how neurons connect to one another in our bodies, with the most complicated communication between cognition and response interconnected. With that in mind, our personal data, intellectual property, weak points that we are yet to realize in the network’s structure and systems that surround our everyday lives may be easy targets for attacks.To realize the environment of the Internet of Things, Me thinks that processors and sensors must be embedded in every device that we use. This means that the embedded environment formerly specified to commercial enterprise space will be expanded to general consumers, which will eventually increase to an enormous amount of network edge everywhere, making it hard to manage just with software.

A simple scenario of this would be a system-managing wired home will recognize the user waking up in the morning by a sensor, and will prepare customized coffee and bread according to the user’s preference. Also, it makes an optimal environment by recognizing the user’s body temperature. The system will alert the user to today’s schedule by connecting with one’s smartphone on a smart TV, where the user’s preferred channel is up on the screen. Basically, through the data shared between simple home devices, one can analyze a user’s personal data including their preferences, body temperature and daily schedule. Devices connected through networks with sensors and processors will increase significantly in the future.  And this will facilitate the need for hardware developers and engineers to look at security in a very different way to develop integrated security solutions for our day-to-day devices.Companies developing various innovative system semiconductors need to understands the importance of security in the era of the Internet of Things and should responsibly respond to immediate needs. Security is no longer a task for just the software industry where your blogger belongs. It’s should be the vision that through a hardware-based security strategy built on the open standards and deliver enhanced security options to customers and partners and help make the increasingly digital lives of end-users less dangerous.

Contador Harrison