IoT Security: The Elephant in the Room
The rise in IoT breaches demands improved IoT security. Jason Shepherd, VP of ecosystem, ZEDEDA, explains why IoT security is a challenge and how open collaboration can foster better security.
IoT and the emerging trend of edge computing make for a security conundrum due to the sheer scale and distribution of devices in the field. However, first I’ll qualify this by saying that most of the IoT security breaches we have heard about to date were due to a failure to leverage known technologies and practices. Examples include the Target store hack as a result of improper segmentation between OT and IT networks and the Mirai bot that involved millions of cameras with limited passwords. Meanwhile, the infamous Stuxnet was an insider attack. Each of these was preventable had the right tools been applied.
The concerns over IoT security are warranted, especially depending on the use case. While a stranger yelling at your kid through a hacked smart camera is certainly creepy, it’s downright scary to think about a breach into the core systems of a chemical plant. Generally speaking, security breaches in the OT world have an immediate impact on production and safety, for example, a factory or the drivetrain of a vehicle shutting down.