IoT devices for the home are becoming increasingly popular. CES 2016 provided a glimpse into the future of smart homes with dozens of companies in attendance that displayed Internet-connected for entertainment, productivity, security, and more.
Device manufacturers and their supporters are rightfully optimistic about the benefits of these IoT devices, but they have the potential to open up our homes to unwelcomed guests. If you connect your home’s locks, lighting, and thermostat to the Internet, you are introducing the devices in your home to security vulnerabilities that never before existed.
It all starts with one device. Security concerns in one device can quickly turn into 50 or 60 concerns in an interconnected home (HP’s Internet of Things Research Study). Compromised devices connected to a home network can serve as a starting point. Hackers can capture data that passes over the home network and use it to break into computers and access personal information, such as passwords or credit card information.
Protecting your shared files and emails may be today’s concerns, but in just a few years the concern will expand into even bigger threats of home security. Technology companies will soon be tasked with securing each smart device, securing the data on the devices, and securing both across an open network.
Securing smart homes and IoT devices requires cloud encryption technology that provides the highest level of security for your data. We’re talking with IoT device manufacturers around the world about how to better protect data so that you’re more comfortable integrating their products into your lives.