The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how we do practically everything. Devices that never had the ability to communicate with you or other devices now can. Everything from your refrigerator to house alarm to even your car can gather information on what’s going on with their functionality and report that back to other systems.
While IoT has many exciting applications, it also has one big issue: security. It’s great that your lights can shut off when it knows that you’re not home, but it can actually let others know that you’re not home if the system is hacked.
Potential Security Risks Associated with IoT
IoT devices are always “on”. This means that they are continually collecting data about their environment, location, product usage, downtime, etc. This increases the chances that data can be hacked and manipulated.
And with the rush to get products out to market, testing has been placed on the backburner. The problem with inadequate testing, however, is that these devices have the ability to provide even more sensitive data to hackers. Ensuring that these products have adequate encryption and authentication needs to be at the forefront of testing.
Another issue is device fragmentation. Device fragmentation has always been an issue with OS’s and mobile devices. Yet, IoT devices are going to exacerbate these pre-existing headaches.
Finally, downtime is going to be a real concern if developers don’t think about what to do when Internet is slow or completely down – which it will inevitably do. Devices should still work properly even if they can’t connect to WiFi. They should be able to store data, operate effectively and then send data once connectivity is reestablished.
How to Respond to These Challenges
Most companies won’t have the capacity to do in-house testing on these devices. To go back to the refrigerator example, companies that build the software probably won’t have the storage space to test every refrigerator in which their software is installed.
It’s going to be important to work with an outsourced testing lab to ensure functionality and security. iBeta is willing to assist you with all of your IoT testing needs. Contact us today.