Software development programs that implement the internet of things today have to include measures to protect privacy and strengthen security as data becomes more and more accessible via the internet and connected devices. When it comes to IoT privacy, courts have to resort to the U.K. Consumer Protection Act 1987, ad and anti-surveillance laws established to counter the inferior security practices of manufacturers. The legislation simply has not been able to keep up with technology innovation, and thus, cases are being bent to fit current existing laws.
The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is continuing to increase, which is great for innovation in the smart home, smart city and smart thing business. But it can also deal a double blow to cybersecurity.
Hasty development, coupled with ever-more ubiquitous connected things, is a bad combination. Carelessly “secured” systems will face more cyber threats than ever before.
“The cybersecurity risk is greater each day,” says Neil Lakomiak, director of business development and innovation for UL, the 124-year-old testing and certification lab. “The more connected devices connected to the internet and connected to a broader network, the greater the attack vector in general for everything. Each time you connect a device to a network and the internet, you now have another way to compromise that overall system.It’s another entry point for a bad actor to do bad things. That is the real risk. That’s the real concern.”