By Featured Guest Blogger:
“Lock and Security Expert, Ralph Goodman”
Information security protocols, or cybersecurity protocols, have been in place since it became apparent that the transmission of data could be targeted and exploited. These protocols are meant to guard the integrity of data that is being transmitted over several different networks, and they have probably never been more important than they are now.
The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things has led to a much more critical light being shone on information security protocols. These protocols go hand in hand with the IoT because of how much the IoT relies on the transmission of data. Homeowners are some of the leading users of the IoT because they love the efficiency that comes with it, however, many of them are not big fans of its inherent security flaws.
The need for better security is one of the main reasons why the IoT will undoubtedly help shape the type of information security protocols that we have now. And it will pave the way for the security protocols we will be using in the future. The security flaws and triumphs of the IoT will act as a bridge that helps lead to better information security protocols. Let’s take a look at some of the ways this will be accomplished:
- Stronger Authentication
One thing that the IoT has highlighted is the increased need for more stringent authentication methods between networks, network devices, and users. There is a lot of information that is shared between these elements, and it is important that none of these access points is left vulnerable. The key thing to keep in mind is that any access point can also be used as an intrusion point, so it is necessary to make sure that this does not happen. The future of information security protocols will most likely see an increased use of two factor authentication as well as multi-factor authentication. These authentication methods, as well as any others that might be modeled after them, make use of various elements in order to ensure a higher level of security.
- Closing Open Ports
The IoT is one of the main driving factors behind the current state of home automation. The Internet of things, and the home automation devices that work with it, tend to make use of Universal plug and play protocols. This feature allows different devices to discover themselves on a network, and then allows them to communicate and transmit data. However, due to the welcoming nature of this protocol, security is more lax when they are in use. This could very easily lead to hackers exploiting open ports to launch cyber attacks. The IoT has helped show how much a weak link this can be, and it will help information security protocols close off open ports across networks, preventing any of them from being exploited.
- Avoiding Proprietary Encryption Protocols
Encryption protocols have been one of the most popular ways to ensure that data transmission is kept secure. The reason behind its popularity is that, in most cases, it tends to work. However, with the advent of things like IoT and with the ever increasing amount of data that is shared on a daily basis, general proprietary encryption protocols are no longer the most secure way to protect data transmissions. Instead, information security protocols should focus on using proven encryption methods that can be applied to several different devices. And use them in conjunction with stringent authentication methods to provide more secure data transmission.
- Increased Cloud Interface Security
One aspect of information security protocol that has not been discussed, until recently, is the cloud. Cloud computing is primarily internet based, and this in itself poses many problems to the way in which information security protocols function. There are many more access points, and many more users that have to be factored in when you begin to talk about cloud interface security. This is even more important when it comes to the IoT. If hackers are able to exploit users cloud interfaces, they can gain access to troves of private information on both clients and service providers. Furthermore, there has always been some concern about the privacy issues that the cloud brings. This problem, coupled with the increased use and access of the IoT, will lead to much more stringent cloud interface security.
- Responsive Security Protocols
This measure is not as clear cut as some of the others. However, it is equally important. One of the biggest issues that the IoT has to deal with is the way that it handles necessary updates and firmware additions. These updates are necessary to ensure that the automation devices on the IoT network run smoothly. When it comes to information security protocol, it is important to fashion measures that are able to adapt to changes as time goes along. For instance, if someone suffers a DDoS attack on their home, which prevents them from operating their smart locks, it is important that they have some security measures in place to actively root out the cause of the intrusion. Essentially, the aim is to model security protocols after firmware updates. These responsive security protocols should ideally be delivered much in the same way that updates are, and they should be coupled with end-to-end authentication to ensure that hackers do not exploit it.
The Internet of Things has an amazing amount of potential, which is still yet to be fully tapped. Although, if it makes people take a closer look at the way in which Information Security protocol works, then it is already doing an amazing job. These security measures are extremely necessary because of how much data and information they help safeguard. If these protocols were not in place, privacy and data security would be compromised. In order for them to exist in the future, adequate changes have to be made in order to reshape information security protocols.