It seems as though everyone is excited about the Internet of Things. Smart TVs are great. Internet-connected cars make driving so much easier. Checking the fridge to see if you need milk when you’re standing in the dairy department of the grocery store is cool. Calling home – literally – to check on the kids or adjust the A/C makes life better.
Well, it’s not talked about nearly as often as it should be, but this all comes with a huge potential price tag that could play in a Stephen King horror film.
- What if a hacker was able to control the defibrillator implanted in your chest? What would you do to literally get back control of your life?
- What if a hacker was able to get control of your daughter’s car and kidnap her?
- What if a hacker was able to steal data or commit online fraud using your smart TV?
Security Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices
The FDA issued a document in December, 2016 titled “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices” after looking into the threat posed by a fairly large number of medical devices including implantable defibrillators and insulin pumps. The simple fact that this report was issued by the Federal Drug Administration indicates how widespread the problem is perceived to be. Actually, the most surprising fact is that it took so long for them to investigate the issue.
Patients with pacemakers have called in to their doctors for routine pacemaker checks for many years. This was an early indicator that a device implanted in someone’s body could be accessed remotely.
Security Vulnerabilities in Cars
Fiat Chrysler was forced to recall 1.4 million vehicles after it was demonstrated that it was entirely possible for someone to hack the system and remotely control the car. Do you think keyless locks are a great idea? In the UK, hackers have stolen many vehicles that their owners believed safe because of their keyless entry system.
Security Vulnerabilities in Smart TVs
Researchers have found that smart TVs can be accessed for any number of criminal activities, including ransomware attacks and click fraud.
The internet security experts at MonsterCloud are aware of the multiple digital threats surrounding everyone on a daily basis. Your business network is constantly at risk. They know how to combat and mitigate risk and protect your valuable data. Call today for a free risk assessment.