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The After Effects of IoT on Cybersecurity

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 22, 2018

In movies, we have always seen the villains, the robbers, and the hackers disarm the automated surveillance devices and rob important artifacts and information. This will become a reality with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Corporations and individuals alike have become more vulnerable to cyberattacks, as breaches are no longer limited to the computers and have moved beyond the cloud to smart devices.  Most of the IoT devices lack patches or security measures just beyond a firewall, thus, it getting compromised is inevitable. As more and more IoT devices are being integrated into buildings, offices, and hospitals carrying confidential data, IoT devices require far more cyber-resilience.

Machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and elimination of human involvement from most of the daily work processes may increase the output. Yet it can open up a plethora of opportunities for hackers to exploit the machine learning process by training it to create more vulnerability in a system. Moreover, the lack of human intervention creates a risk as it will be unsupervised and the difference between right and wrong will blur into what the AI is trained to do.

The new IoT technologies are meant to ascertain customer preferences and security has only become an afterthought for these IoT manufacturing companies. Their main aim is to create as many cheap and customer-centric devices as fast as possible.  This ultimately leads to a greater expenditure for the customer as they have to leverage other software or services to protect their data from external threats and cyber attacks.