How The Internet of Things is affecting Cyber Security

The Internet Needs to be Secured Right Away Always

The concept of security is a simple thing. Security makes things safe to use and live within everyday situations. The more complex the system, the more it requires sophisticated security in play to ensure things operate according to plan. Nowhere does this truth apply better than in the modern and digital world. The internet seems to make just about anything it comes in contact with better from ordering take out to jumping on the bus. Of course, it does wonders for adding convenience to things like banking and catching crooks of all shapes and sizes; even the harmless ones. The internet is a part of everybody’s life from coast to coast in every continent whether we like it or not. However, the massive size and functionality of the internet do not just add ease of use to the globalized world. With the good comes the bad, and the world-wide-web still has some room to grow when it comes to ensuring the internet of things helps more than it harms. The details of the measures already in place and what could and should be coming down the line they deserve a closer look.

Google Home
Google Home

A lot Goes on to Make the Web Safe

Even though the internet of things brings together millions if not billions of people in a global community, governments, and their agencies see a very valid need to regulate what happens on the web by employing the simple concepts of border control. These measures affect territories on different levels and allow the exchange of information to occur from international to regional scales. The reasons behind this range from simple economic regulation to law enforcement jurisdiction. While this makes sense on the surface for some businesses and individuals, others see it as a violation of their civil liberties. Because each government allows it, citizens, different levels of freedoms, having each one align to something cohesive presents a myriad of challenges. As it stands, individual institutions and establishments such as the World Economic Forum take the time to ask and follow through with the right questions so that security issues with technology don’t clash with how business occurs around the world.

Cyber Security Requires Three Dimension Thinking to Work Well

Making sure that data and information exchange happens at the right place and the right time is not the only measure needed to keep the way the IOT affects people’s lives secure. With more information being born online, the need to have a place to store all of it grows ever increasingly. For this precise reason, the Cloud comes along. Too many people remember the days when incredibly crucial information was stored on “thumb drives.” The horror stories about these things failing at just the worst time are all true. That’s why the Cloud came along. But, the Cloud is still something of a work in progress. All it takes is one foul up from someone with their hand on the wheel, and things can get embarrassing if not litigious. Think White House admin email controversy and this point becomes glaringly apparent. For some, the answer to this question comes from clearer and stricter protocol measures backed by the threat of consequences for actions along with better alerts in place.

Artificial Intelligence does More Than Most do Realize

Besides the magnitude and amount of information and data being exchanged online between people, artificial intelligence poses a real potential threat. It’s not so much that AI is terrible for the internet, but ransomware and malware worms are real problems that cause headaches all the time. Imagine a program that can learn to imitate a person well enough to not only gather and misuse personal information but also smart enough to write other programs to do the same thing. As people become more comfortable with communicating over the net without meeting eye-to-eye, this threat becomes a reality more and more every day. Even though AI isn’t brilliant enough to think on its own or pass as human just yet, the lines become more blurred with each passing moment. Admittedly, the real issue with AI threats comes from the point of contact confusion. In other words, AI doesn’t have the power to wreck things online without some living person turning the key for it. So far, recognizing and testing fake communication is the best way to cut off AI from doing things like phishing for information from people posing as family members across social media messaging platforms.

IoTs
IoTs

Some Internet Security Issues run Deeper than Others

Not every security issue that arises from the internet travels from point a to point b. As the internet functions in so many aspects of people’s lives, some of these threats are multilayered and curved at the same time. Hacking portable devices don’t always end in the swiping of information. Excellent technology hackers can contact institutions or commercial establishments through a willing or unsuspecting device to cause real damage if not significant confusion. All it takes is access to the right account through a Cloud-based connection and things like merchandise fraud or unlocking a building can happen while the world sleeps. These scenarios may seem like a long shot, but with many people carrying devices on them that do more than merely play movies and send texts the possibility definitely exists.

What Government Can Do to Make the Internet More Secure

Looking at what does and can go wrong within any given situation is only have the battle. Any robust solution should be the result of a plan of action in place. The trick is picking up on the right platform and strategy. Following the leader when it comes to what to look for in internet solutions works wonders. The simple answer to solving security issues associated with the internet lies in regulation and standards, as well as with consumers taking personal responsibility for the way they use mobile and Cloud-based devices. Without a doubt, management comes about more easily when different institutions have help from the cyber community on which to base their decisions. These steps are simple and reasonably easy to take. Really, the challenging part of keeping up cyber security comes from keeping up with it. But, with a few healthy techno habits, everyday actions make the world a safer place in which to enjoy the digital and global communication-based technologies.

What Everyone can do to Make Everything Better

The internet helps everybody, so everyone has a responsibility in keeping it clean while using it. Think of a trip to the park whether it be local or national to understand this concept. Running a cursory function and history check is a good measure to make sure that a device acts right. Depending on how much you know, run tests on connections and authentication features. Fight fire with fire by downloading applications from trusted sources to run security checks from the outside in using a third party. Software updates are one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep things running smoothly on the internet whether the point of contact comes from a PC or mobile device. The evolution and global nature of cyber hacking make it needed. Worldwide supply and demand makes securing the IoT one of the most essential tasks and growing fields in today economy.

Isaac Adams-Hands

Full Stack Developer, Digital Marketer, and InfoSec enthusiast. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Sydney and his Business Diploma from Georgian College before joining various marketing positions in search portals, e-commerce, higher education, and addiction recovery services.

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