The Internet of things encompasses all components that are interconnected by a worldwide computer network and communicate with each other. The components transmit data through shared resources like servers and storage devices. Security becomes paramount to all these components because these devices can be used by hackers. Hackers may gain access to confidential information.
The Internet of things helps in sharing resources and making life better, but also it comes with challenges. Your cybersecurity is critical when it comes to the internet of things (IoT). This article describes the effects of poor IoT security.
- 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 on your computer is at risk. Hackers 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 appropriate controls, then it is easy for hackers to access your private information.
Hackers will use unprotected components as a gateway or access point to other protected components, putting even the protected components at risk.
For your safety, you should have firewalls to protect all your connected components so that they may not fall prey to hackers. Having a reliable antivirus software will also assist you in making sure that you are safe from attacks.
- Denial of Service
IoT components may 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 mighty. They can be used to create a disruptive denial of service attack that creates havoc for the targeted organizations.