According to Gartner, the number of IoT devices would reach 20 billion by 2020. The ubiquity of IoT devices definitely makes our lives more convenient, but we are also encountering inevitable problems such as data security. Potential risks such as data loss, unauthorized browsing, data leaks, and fraudulent transactions further emphasizes the importance of predicting risks and ensuring data confidentiality, integrity, and reliability to comprehensively protect tangible and intangible assets.
Anything connected to the network has the potential to be hacked
Due to the company’s inability to protect user data, Facebook was plagued by data breach in 2018 that resulted in the misuse of 40 million accounts. The company lost their users’ trust, and their stock price also plummeted. Taiwan was also a victim of an APT attack (Advanced Persistent Threat, APT) – a bank in Taiwan was breached by international hackers. This was a shocking and nightmarish attack on data security and showed that one of the biggest challenges for companies and governments now is how to safeguard information and online data from cyber criminals.
Data Security Must Grow Rapidly to Address the Growth of Mobile Devices
With diverse cloud-based services and rapid development of IoT ecosystem, it is estimated that there will be around 20 billion IoT devices worldwide in 2020. This means there will be several million unsecured connections in companies, families, and individuals regardless of wired or wireless devices. Malicious cyberattacks are becoming increasingly complicated and difficult to prevent, thus increasing the risk of network vulnerabilities that could lead to security and monetary damages.
Allion Labs understands the growing demand for safe networks and that mobile devices must be paired with comprehensive data security tests to protect network devices, reduce data leaks within networks and attacks from malware.
Generally speaking, network device should be designed in terms of hardware and software security. Once IoT devices are sold, manufacturers are almost unable to upgrade hardware security. Therefore, the most common protection mechanism would be mobile device management platforms or software updates, which can reduce the possible impact and damages to endpoint equipment suppliers, server equipment suppliers, and application platforms.
Securing IoT Ecosystems Requires Endpoint Network Security Tests
The entire IoT ecosystem must operate with comprehensive data security. This refers to endpoint network security which includes infrastructure security, network security, and data security. Allion Labs adopts global data security standards such as Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) to provide equipment suppliers and developers with comprehensive endpoint network security testing and risk assessment solutions.
Endpoint Network Security Testing Categories:
Note (1) Vulnerability Scans: Refer to CVSS to evaluate levels of risk
Note (2) Webpage Vulnerability: Inspect and repair webpage application vulnerabilities using the Top Ten Project of OWASP
Allion Labs offers solutions in building a Safe IoT ecosystem
The intricacy and massive amount of IoT devices can directly impact our personal privacy. Manufacturers and companies developing IoT devices or smart applications must focus on improving technology and strengthening product security with multi-faceted protections during the early developmental stage of product designs. Allion Labs offers comprehensive solutions in building a safer Internet of Things for users, manufacturers, and companies.