IoT security looms large as more companies embrace transformational technologies
Companies looking to get the most out of their mobile solutions typically employ the help of app developers, who can help in a variety of ways. Perhaps most importantly, app developers enable their customer companies to fully embrace all forms of emerging technology. The internet of things (IoT) is chief among them.
However, there are many who are concerned about the future of IoT, including potential security issues. These devices have vulnerabilities and app developers are constantly fielding questions about how to minimize them. There are a number of moving parts that have to be considered. App developers must take the time to think about the hardware that is being used.
Since hardware’s turnaround cycle tends to be much longer than the software turnaround, fixing security issues is not always as easy as it may seem. If an issue with hardware occurs before a launch, it can be fixed during the testing process. If the issue is not noticed before the release of an app, however, almost nothing can be done except issue a patch.
The infrastructure of the IoT device is another primary area of consideration. The IoT device itself must be secure. In addition to the security of the device, app developers also will be required to make sure that control center communication is secure.
Control room access is also a necessary point of emphasis. Many of the vulnerabilities that are exploited can be eliminated simply by limiting control room access. Meanwhile, there are other IoT devices that are being compromised because they are not equipped with modern safety features. This tends to take place when older devices are used, because they are easier for hackers to override.
There is simply more to worry about when IoT devices are used. To avoid the usual concerns, businesses and their app developers must take a big picture approach to IoT.
Web portals, mobile apps and embedded software all have to be managed by top-notch professionals. No company can afford to make the mistake of entrusting these tasks to people who are not properly equipped to handle them. Companies that take the time and effort to care for all three areas will see far more success over the long haul.
Supply chain issues and hardware design concerns must be avoided at all costs. These issues are the toughest to work around, especially when a company uses legacy protocols that are not 100% secure. This limits security options even further and should always be avoided.
That said, there are issues that are beyond the control of businesses and app developers alike. A business can take all the proper steps to ensure its IoT devices are truly secure, all to have it undone by a careless client. Attackers who have physical access to a device cannot be stopped, no matter what measures have been taken by a company.
Developers and businesses can only do so much. While they can create devices that are properly secured, the true onus falls on the client. Businesses must also make sure that their employees are educated regularly on the matter. In a world where technology is constantly changing, training is key.
In some instances, an employee might make a mistake that is totally avoidable, the sort of mistake that could have been prevented with the correct education. An employer cannot make the mistake of assuming that their staffers are all educated when it comes to IoT.
Last but not least, businesses/developers/employees would all do well to pay close attention to the rules and regulations that are shaping their industries. As governing bodies around the world take a more proactive role in regulating IoT, security issues should lessen over time.
In the meantime, it is up to security teams and employers to take the right steps. Industries may not have been able to perfect IoT security yet, but secure solutions are achievable. The more companies and app developers learn about best practices, the easier it becomes to avoid the potential pitfalls.