The internet of things (IoT) has been on the minds of many in the world of technology for some time. Pundits excitedly point to it as a global gamechanger, the dawn of a new technological era and empowering individuals all over the world. The more of our lives we can connect, the more convenience and efficiency we can enjoy, but while there’s no doubt that the IoT will bring immense benefits, so too will it bring immense security risks. Without sufficient preparation and risk analysis, it can be dangerous, both for businesses and consumers. Here are just a few potential risks of the IoT, and what we can do to prepare for them.
Vulnerability by proxy
IoT relies on integration. If you’re struggling to integrate your various systems together, then you’re not benefitting from the IoT as you should be. But this doesn’t necessarily mean safety in numbers. Indeed, even the most secure network can be brought to its knees by being integrated with a weak system — vulnerability by proxy.
The more elaborate an IoT network becomes, the more difficult it is to ensure the security of the elements involved. One weak chain comprises the entire network, this giving any unscrupulous hackers a chance to break in.
How can we prepare for this?
It’s not enough to simply rely on your own internal security to prevent this. The entire industry needs to come together to implement rigorous standards across the board. These should incorporate in-built restrictions that apply to both existing and new chains to ensure that only secure systems can be integrated.
Software update issues
Any device that’s connected to the internet requires regular updates to protect against hackers searching for weaknesses to exploit. This is a fact of life for developers, who continually create patches to prevent against possible hacks.
But for IoT devices, this

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