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Providing greater insight and control over elements in our increasingly connected lives, the Internet of Things (IoT) emerges at a time when threats to our data and systems have never been greater. There is an average of thirteen enterprise security breaches every day, resulting in roughly 10 million records lost a day—or 420,000 every hour. As new connected devices come to market, security researchers have taken up the cause to expose their vulnerabilities, and make the world aware of the potential harm of connecting devices without properly securing the Internet of Things.

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Threats to the Internet of Things Security

We can sort potential attacks against the Internet of Things into three primary categories based on the target of the attack—attacks against a device, attacks against the communication between devices and masters, and attacks against the masters. To protect end users and their connected devices, we need to address all three of these IoT attacks.

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Attacks Against IoT Devices


To a potential attacker, a device presents an interesting target for several reasons. First, many of the devices will have an inherent value by the simple nature of their function. A connected security camera, for example, could provide valuable information about the security posture of a given location when compromised.


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Attacks Against Communications


A common method of attack involves monitoring and altering messages as they are communicated. The volume and sensitivity of data traversing the IoT environment makes these types of attacks especially dangerous, as messages and data could be intercepted, captured, or manipulated while in transit. All of these threats jeopardize the trust in the information and data being transmitted, and the ultimate confidence in the overall infrastructure.


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Attacks Against the Master of Devices


For every device or service in the Internet of Things, there must be a master. The master’s role is to issue and manage devices, as well as facilitate data analysis. Attacks against the masters – including manufacturers, cloud service providers, and IoT solution providers – have the potential to inflict the most amount of harm. These parties will be entrusted with large amounts of data, some of it highly sensitive in nature. This data also has value to the IoT providers because of the analytics, which represent a core, strategic business asset—and a significant competitive vulnerability if exposed.



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