Never has such an abstract concept of “things” taken to the consumer market so quickly. From printers to thermostats to washing machines and cars, devices are being rushed and fitted with wireless interfaces. Often, this is at the cost of limited quality assurance against real-world conditions. There are often reports of Internet of Things (IoT) devices proving to be quite insecure. In the midst of this consumer cycle sit industry professionals, wondering if a new IoT toothbrush follows the need-to-know principle.
Not too far in the future, Internet of Things (IoT) devices will carry a white-goods-equivalent rating scale, similar to washing machines and refrigerators. Instead of being measured on energy usage, manufacturers will be measured on the number and type of security controls they have implemented for their devices. We wrote our recent Journal article to provide a simple way to audit IoT devices, based on their environment of use. The article identifies 12 simple IoT controls that almost no manufacturer completely implements today. Hopefully, this method will serve as the motivation to start the journey toward standardization of IoT controls.
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