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The Internet of Things - Security Is More Important Than Ever

The Internet of Things (IoT) — the network of embedded computing devices with internet connectivity — is changing the world in which we live. IoT has the potential to empower individuals, advance businesses, and create opportunities for enterprises to develop new services and products for the convenience of consumers. Along with its advantages, however, IoT brings the risk of data breaches and a greater need for security than ever.

Every device with the capability of connecting to the internet has an embedded operating system in its firmware (programming written to the read-only-memory — ROM — of a device when it is manufactured). Embedded operating systems are not designed with security as a priority, and virtually all of them are vulnerable to attack. Malware (malicious software) is already targeting android devices, and there will likely be similar threats to other IoT devices in the not-too-distant future.

A data breach resulting from security risks inherent with IoT devices can negatively impact your business. If you are dealing with IoT-related data breach legal issues, McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP can assist you. Our complex litigation attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and skills to help mitigate the damage and provide the aggressive representation you need.

Applications of Internet of Things

Although still in its infancy, the Internet of Things has many applications and vast potential for the future. Examples of current IoT applications include:

  • Smartwatches that collect health data for healthcare providers
  • House alarm systems that send status alerts to the homeowner’s smartphone
  • Wake-up alarm that triggers the coffee maker before it wakes the user
  • Motor vehicles that can access calendar information and calculate the best route to get the driver to a meeting
  • Office equipment that automatically reorders supplies when necessary

IoT has the potential to provide consumers with a more convenient lifestyle. It also promises to open up new markets for business enterprises by providing a wealth of information on consumer buying practices, which is invaluable in driving sales.

Internet of Things Security Risks

The darker side of IoT concerns security and privacy. IoT devices bring greater vulnerability to attack. For example, Security Week reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled several models of vehicles in 2015 after researchers demonstrated that a remote attacker could kill the engine, disable the brakes, take control of the steering, and track the vehicle through GPS using the vehicle’s own 3G data connectivity.

Not the least of Internet of Things security issues is the threat it poses for companies worldwide. All types of businesses across the globe are made more vulnerable to data breaches through IoT devices brought in by their employees. Businesses need to broaden the scope of risk management assessments to include all connected devices and adapt their risk management practices to encompass Internet of Things security issues.

If you need assistance with IoT security-related legal matters, McCune Wright Arevalo LLP is here. Our offices are located in Redlands, CA on the West Coast and Berwyn, PA on the East Coast. Our complex litigation lawyers have a successful track record on behalf of our clients. Contact us for outstanding representation when Internet of Things security issues threaten your company.

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