The holiday shopping season is near – this means that a large number of people will be flocking to the stores to get their hands on the popular Internet of Things devices. A large number of people loves the Internet, but most of them don’t realize the importance of security.
We have seen the damage done by unsecured devices a short while ago, and the potential of even bigger damage is very real. This is why the Department of Homeland Security has shared their ideas on the topic of making IoT devices more secure.
“We have a rapidly closing window to ensure that security properly accounted for, (because) once an ecosystem is already built and deployed it’s infinitely harder to try to bolt on security at the back end,” Robert Silvers, assistant secretary for cyber policy at the Department of Homeland Security, said at a symposium Tuesday organized by the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy & Law.
Mr. Silvers said that the security of IoT devices needs to be upped sooner rather than later. This must be done if the integrity of the Internet is to remain intact.
There are more than 6 billion IoT devices operating around the world, and they can range from digital watches, thermostats, toasters, and more. This means that a danger of all of them becoming a part of a botnet is real.
With those things in mind, Homeland Security published a set of guidelines which the companies working on IoT devices should consider. The principles about how to address the IoT security challenges are:
– Incorporate security at the design phase
– Advance security updates and vulnerability management
– Build on proven security practices
– Prioritize security measures according to potential impact
– Promote transparency across IoT
– Connect carefully and deliberately
It remains to be seen how the companies working on IoT devices will react.