It used to hold true that breaking into a car involved breaking a window, hoping for an unlocked door, lucking out by finding the correct set of car keys, or hot wiring the car to steal the thing. Due to constant capability advancements and more and more devices with internet connectivity, that’s no longer the case. In fact, researchers have actually been able to control a car remotely by exploiting system vulnerabilities.
With advancements in Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it seems that most machines and gadgets are are now ‘smart’ devices with the inclusion of a sensor. From cars to watches, even thermostats are common devices which have now have internet connectivity. And believe it or not, it’s now even possible to hack into a thermostat.
But, as Synopsys Principal Security Consultant, Amit Sethi asks, “have these new capabilities and leaps forward in connectivity come at the expense of security?” With great advancement comes the potential for great detriment. There are unique challenges in IoT devices which should require security to be built in from the beginning of product development.