Do Connected Devices Compromise Safety?
Published by : Industrial Automation
Connected devices are network-connected devices focused to maintain a connection between two or more platforms to further process the operation. Moreover, the connected devices based on the Internet of Things (IoT) systems that are mainstream in the current global market across the different industry verticals.
The growth in demand for automation in the business processes along with the increase in demand for the increase in production capacity of a plant along with the rise in demand for easy accessibility through the integration of humans and machines. In addition, it also provides physical security and alerts you to potential dangers lurking in your home/commercial places are further expected to drive the demand in the coming years. Such factors are increasing the sales for the connected devices in the plant.
How Cybercriminals Targeting Connected Devices Compromise Safety –
1. Cybercriminals can access the network through the router
For instance, in 2018, The VPNFilter malware infected over 500 thousand routers across 50 countries. Router develops the communication between connected devices and the internet. The malware entered through the router and install malware onto devices and further inoperable the system. In short, it blocks the network traffic and steals passwords & personal information.
2. Cybercriminals can harness the power of your IoT devices
For instance, in late 2016, there were hundreds of thousands of compromised connected devices affected and pulled into botnet dubbed Mirai. Bonnet combines the processing power of small devices to launch a large-scale cyberattack. This attack was widely affected that internet-based companies such as Netflix, Spotify, and PayPal.
“The average IoT device was attacked once every two minutes” – Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec
“The data collection techniques based on IoT such as security cameras, Wi-Fi routers, smart kitchen appliances, and voice assistants, are the main targets for the cybercriminals or hackers as these devices are integrated with limited built-in security, no software updates, and easy to access passkeys are compromising for the cyber attackers” – Aerendir Mobile
What needs to minimize the risk with connected devices and enhance safety across business operations?
The high dependency on IoT systems and devices on the internet platforms and limited standardization for the connected and IoT devices are creating a loophole for cybercriminals to take advantage of the platform.
“There is no real form of standardization yet specific to the connected devices” – according to IMEC Netherlands.
In conclusion, the growth in need for the proper standardization such as RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) Encryption, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and Data Encryption Standard (DES) along with the strong focus of the manufacturers on the software updates behind the algorithm of the connected devices are expected to enhance the safety level of the connected devices, otherwise, it will always stake at risk to the companies to put investments for the incorporation of connected devices.