Technological advances allow us to wirelessly connect any of our smart devices to the internet or through a port. These devices include our smart TV, watch, lights, temperature, and so on. The automation of our devices is done using the Internet of Things technology.
IoT devices usually come with embedded sensors and various other technologies that allow them to collect data from the physical environment and pass it to the base station, where people monitor the situation and perform actions accordingly.
IoT devices are manufactured to fulfill the general needs of an organization; therefore, they lack strict security protocols. Attackers have been using this advantage to break into the system of an organization through any of the weak IoT devices.
IoT attacks are cyber-attacks that gain access to users' sensitive data with the help of any IoT device. Attackers usually install malware on the device, harm the device, or gain access to further personal data of the company.
For instance, an attacker may gain access to an organization's temperature control system through a security loophole in any IoT device. He can then influence the temperature of the rooms connected to the appropriate device.
As discussed, IoT devices are not built with proper security protocols. Hence, they are one of an organization's weakest links and pose a huge security threat. Following are the attacking zones where the attacks originate and compromise sensitive data:
Various parts of a device raise security threats for an organization, such as the memory, firmware, web interface, physical interface, and networking service of a device. Attackers can take advantage of these and initiate an IoT attack by finding a loophole in the device, such as an outdated component.
Channels that connect IoT devices to one another need to be secured; otherwise, an IoT attack can be easily initiated.
Applications and software connected to IoT devices also pose a threat to the security of the system. It is easy to access the IoT device by compromising the application or the software of the device.
Some of the most common IoT attacks have been listed below:
IoT devices are manufactured to perform basic organizational tasks. However, the organization implementing and incorporating these devices into their networks should be highly cautious of their security. Following measures can be taken to ensure device security:
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