The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought with it unparalleled opportunity for businesses and facilities to monitor their assets and enact predictive maintenance that can extend an asset’s lifecycle. Although this technology brings new methods of caring for equipment that can lead to savings, it also may lead to increased exposure to cybersecurity challenges.
One of the most significant areas for attacks on businesses, hospitals, networks, utilities and other critical infrastructure is through IoT devices. These attacks range from denial-of-service attacks to ransomware and information theft to aggressive destruction of information and cyber-physical systems. The devices involved include security cameras, monitoring devices or control systems, to name just a few, that are either connected or considered “smart devices.”