Internet of things encompasses all components that are interconnected by a worldwide computer network that communicate with each other, sending and transmitting information and data through the shared resources like servers and many other storage devices. Security becomes paramount important to all these components in the internet of things (IoT) because you may find some of this devices are being used by malicious people like hackers for manipulation and hacking of systems to access private and confidential information that is not belonging to them. Internet of things is a great thing, it helps in sharing resources and making life better living, but also it comes with its own challenges. Your cyber security is very important when it comes to the internet of things (IoT), without it you will face a lot. We are going to look at those things that you will face through the internet of things.
- Loss of information and data
Just by connecting your laptop to the internet, you are now part of the internet of things. All your information that is in your laptop or computer is at risk as hackers are all over the internet looking for victims. They use code scripts and techniques to search for and detect new devices that have recently connected to the internet of things. They have advanced technologies to know if these components have proper cybersecurity controls. If they do not have the proper controls, then it is be easy for the hackers to access private information.
Hackers will use unprotected components as a gateway or access point to other protected components that can be difficult to access if it were not for these unsecured components.
For your safety you should have firewalls to protect all your connected components so that they may not fall as prey to hackers. Having strong antivirus will also assist you in making sure that you are safe from attacks.
- Denial of Service
IoT components can be used as botnets that are controlled remotely using malware. As technology advances hackers are becoming more sophisticated IoT devices often have limited processing power but when many thousands of IoT devices are leveraged as botnets they can be used to create very powerful denial of service attacks and create havoc for the targeted organizations.