The Internet of Things ties our electronics together. Devices are connected to each other via tags, sensors, and actuators for the physical environment. By the year 2020 it is expected that the number of connected devices will exceed 50 billion.
IoT is quite literally the future of technology. And while it provides undeniable benefits, IoT might become a nightmare because the security required to keep this network safe has not kept up with the fast pace of innovation. The entire market can be described as a wild west with tons of fragmentation due to a plethora of different communication technologies without a common framework to provide security. Although it is possible to increase profits by interconnecting more and more devices, this strategy introduces new and unknown risks:
In December 2015, the hacker group “Sandworm” managed to disable different parts of the power grid in Ukraine and successfully cut off electricity for 5-6 hours. Our approach to IoT security is that the necessary security systems must be implemented in the design phase. Some examples of the steps we take are making sure that the user passwords are changed during usage, all of the transmitted information is encrypted and that all devices are updated to the latest software which includes the latest security updates. We closely follow each of the latest developments on the Industrial Internet Security Framework and the recommendations of the U.S. government National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide the best consulting services in the field.