IoT and IT security: the risks of living hyperconnected

IoT and IT security: the risks of living hyperconnected

Know what is the Internet of Things about, what are the risks for people, companies and countries and what can you do in an everyday life which is one hundred percent online.

Imagine you are at work and your cell phone shows you a message whose sender is “Refrigerator”. Yes, you read well: your refrigerator is sending you a message warning about the list of products missing for your daily consumption. What's more, not only is it warning you that you ran out of mineral water, yogurt and apples. Your refrigerator is also asking you if you approve the purchase at the supermarket, which it can do with only an “ok” from you to approve this purchase. That's what IoT is about.

The IoT acronym comes from the “Internet of Things” and refers to everything that the Internet can do regarding the use of objects to make certain issues easier for the daily lives of people, companies and governments. However, the use of IoT devices implies certain risks in terms of computer security which must be considered.

Cristian Amicelli, Chief Operating Officer of Mkit –a leading global security services company–, warns about the risks of the application of this technology. “Just as it has its advantages, the use of IoT devices is extremely worrisome because of its quantity, diversity and simplicity, since they are ready to be connected and used with minimal configuration. On the other hand, the level of exposure increases as well as the possibility of cyberattacks to and from these devices”, he points out.

A report prepared by Telefónica company, “Scope, scale and risk like never before: securing the Internet of Things”, concludes that the infinite advantages of the IoT in a hyperconnected society have their counterpart in the necessary precaution to avoid the  catastrophic risk of cyberattacks. There are unquantifiable security risks for individuals, organizations and countries.

What can we do in this situation?

“We must have good security policies and time to analyze IoT deployments, especially in large companies. In general, I think that there is not a special way to be prepared for this new trend, and that is why there is a great need for help from security specialists, for them to contribute knowledge and experience”, states Amicelli when asked about what can be done to deal with these types of issues.

“It is difficult to know what we are going to have tomorrow, but that artificial intelligence is an increasingly palpable reality, it is undeniable and we have to take advantage of what these advances provide us”, he concludes.

Without being alarmist or catastrophic, it is necessary to understand the problem of hyperconnectivity and its risks before it is too late. This is the message that computer security specialists try to convey, as in the case of the Chief Operating Officer of Mkit.

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