Soon after news of a smart TV hack prompted a closer look into the Internet of Everything, Internet-enabled LED lightbulbs made by the crowdfunded startup LIFX have been found to be at risk of revealing Wi-Fi passwords.
The Internet of Everything may be the current mega trend for buyers and vendors of smart systems and gadgets. However, Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes warns IoE users and developers alike to keep data security in mind.
Smart devices are becoming more available via broadband provider bundles and promotions, making it easy for consumers to shift from “dumb to smart.” We consider how tangible benefits and ease of use come to play with the adoption of smart technology.
The smartification of the home becomes apparent when looking at networks then and now, prompting many to expect that billions of smart devices will go online in a matter of years. Here we look at the forces that can impact market adoption of IoE.
Industry players look at IoE as a way to reduce waste and inefficiencies. As developers come up with new gadgets, we are reminded of the security lessons that should be learned from IoE attacks so far and what can be done about them.
IoE stretches human and machine interaction to a scale greater than before. As more gadgets and everyday objects gain pervasive network access, security and privacy strategies have to be front and center to prevent the consequences of data loss and theft.
IoE opens opportunities for both technology vendors and cybercriminals. The more that the former pushes connected devices to the market, the more the latter benefits as well. What will happen should security remain in the backseat during talks of IoE?
By the end of 2013, online banking malware, ransomware, malicious Android apps, and vulnerabilities stood out in the threat landscape. Questions arise as to how IoE will change this as threats advance towards smart devices.