OVER the past decade, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of new and exciting technologies. As always, this comes with some concerns, and requires careful consideration around security.

The security of your data and privacy has always been at the forefront when considering weaknesses in applications and infrastructure. However, we’re beginning to move into a climate where your data isn’t always the main focus. IoT technologies also pose a significant risk by nature.

For example, consider a ‘smart’ thermostat which can be managed remotely. We’re seeing an increasing number of cases where attackers compromise these systems and significantly increase or reduce the temperature in an effort to demand ransom payment.

These types of attack don’t involve any direct access to data. The strategy is clear and straightforward – compromise the system and use its intended functionality to wreak havoc on the user, with the potential to reap a reward.

These attacks are spread across a huge array of technologies, and each of them have their own unique attack vector.

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Recent testing performed on a Smartwatch revealed that it was possible to send a “take pills” reminder to the user as frequently as the attacker wants to. This attack is critical for more vulnerable citizens, especially those with dementia who rely on this functionality on a day-to-day basis.

These attack vectors are becoming more exploitable, more common, and continue to be at the forefront of development considerations.

The more automation, quality of life and reliance we have with technology, the more we need to consider the potential implications on the other end.

When developing new applications or technologies, it is important to consider the advantages and implications of such technologies and introduce a clear strategy to address security concerns prior to deployment.