As the technology industry prepares to celebrate technical achievements in connecting objects together, the UK's largest training provider, QA, warns that from a security perspective, the IoT is broken.
The rise of objects that connect to each other and to the Internet--from cars to pacemakers--is unleashing a wave of new possibilities for data gathering, predictive analytics and IT automation. However, as well as providing opportunity for business intelligence, these objects also pose opportunity for increased cyber-attacks.
Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA, comments: "There are still many organisations that are yet to engage and understand what the Internet of Things (IoT) means for their environment More so, the drive to higher profit margins is causing security issues to be ignored."
QA is urging organisations to account for the 'human element' when it comes to setting IoT policies, investing in and deploying connected technologies. The company is calling for businesses to plan for adequate education of staff in order to protect organisations from an increased attack surface and significant increase in privacy vulnerable applications and devices.
Richard continues: "When it comes to securing the IoT, we're operating in the equivalent of the cyber security stone age. The security and privacy implications around the growing connectivity of devices is well-documented--an ever increasing attack surface, ever more sophisticated cyber criminals and users' acceptance that technology will permeate every aspect of their lives."
"As it stands...