IoT devices are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners seeking to make their homes automated and their day-to-day tasks easier. The Internet of Things has made it easier than ever to set up a smart home in which you can remotely control your door locks, lawnmowers, lights, thermostats, vacuums, and even pet feeders, using your smartphone and an app.
Now, however, IoT looks to change the face of home security and the way homeowners go about keeping themselves safe at home. This development raises some concerns about the state of home security and about whether or not IoT will increase home security or make it more vulnerable.
The smart home industry is growing aware of these IoT vulnerabilities, working to secure their products and make them feasible and safe. It is important that this is done before many more homeowners, business owners, and other interested parties start to heavily invest in IoT devices to automate their homes and offices.
In order to properly secure an IoT network (and thus secure consumers) every connection has to be locked down simultaneously. The first step is taking a look at the device that has IoT connection capabilities. It is important that the device has adequate security measures in place to keep it secure.
Many people do not realize that in order for an IoT-enabled device to function properly, it needs to remain powered at all times. But having a device that is constantly on, and that only has to go through a one-time authentication, leaves your device and the network extremely vulnerable. The IoT industry is working to make sure that the gateways—or connections— to these devices are being kept secure, and that they cycle through continuous authentication. Why? This will make unwarranted access to the device more difficult.
The IoT industry also needs to ensure that IoT devices—and the software they run on—get necessary security updates the instant they become available. Much in the same way that home security systems need refreshening from time to time,IoT security systems must be upgraded so they remain secure. As of now, the update issue is still a hitch that the IoT industry needs to overcome.