Here are 10 proven strategies that engineers can use to improve device security from the experts at Digi International.
Limited only by designers’ imaginations, the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how people live. From medical devices and fitness trackers to tank sensors, smart thermostats, intelligent streetlights, water monitors, and more, the IoT is in more places than ever. While IoT has connected many aspects of people’s lives it is vital that security factors for devices are taken into account.
By relying on wireless networks, those hundreds of millions of IoT devices present a greater “attack surface,” making them tempting frontline targets for cybercriminals, hackers and other bad actors. Unfortunately, the tools and techniques we’ve applied to PC/smartphone platforms often don’t work as well in the IoT.
The risks of this rising tide of security threats are significant. Beyond reputational damage, competitive threats, eroding customer confidence, and safety challenges, regulators are paying increasing attention as well. For example, security breaches that violate U.S. federal HIPAA regulations can lead to fines of $50,000 per violation. Credit card processors that fail to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) may be fined up to $100,000 per violation.
Given enough time, money and expertise, any system can be hacked. So, it’s important to design a system that will deter an attacker by making it uneconomical — the cost or effort of an attack outweighs any benefit to the attacker.
In this white paper, we delve into the top 10 security threats every device designer should consider, including:
- Packet Encryption
- Message Replay Protection
- Message Authentication Code
- Debug Port Protection
- And more!
Discover all ten of the top security threats you should be concerned with – and more importantly, how to combat them – in Digi’s white paper.