During the first six months of 2021, IoT devices were breached 1.51 billion times, a significant increase from only 639 million breaches observed for the entirety of 2020. This problem can be attributed to the widespread adoption of the internet-of-things (IoT) and the Windows Server Message Block (SMB), and neither can be avoided in the age of remote work.
But while these technologies offer unprecedented levels of data mobility and oversight for many interconnected digital and physical systems in industrial settings, they also make it easier for malicious actors to penetrate the very fabric of our lives if left unsecured.
This makes it all the more important for DevOps teams and developers to prioritize cybersecurity while creating systems for the IoT. It is important to address the inherent flaws in security like easily-breakable usernames and passwords or saving data without protection on remote access servers.
There is a way developers and DevOps professionals can help curb the increasing instances of cybercrime, and it’s called chip-to-cloud IoT. Let’s explore how it is emerging as a viable way to construct a safer, more valuable and more decentralized system for everyone.
IoT: Understanding the Inherent Security Challenges
It’s best to investigate potential cybersecurity issues that may befall your organization before finding ways to secure your IoT platforms with solutions such as a shift left security approach (meaning security is embedded in the earliest phases of the application development process) or an IoT decentralization approach, as we’ll expand on below.
Some common security concerns include:
Vulnerabilities in the Software and the Firmware
It can be challenging to guarantee the safety of IoT systems because of the following security flaws:
- Lack of computational capacity to provide adequate built-in security
- Inefficient access control in IoT systems
- Insufficient funds for adequately testing and further developing the firmware’s security
- Lack of regular patching and upgrades as a result of IoT devices’ technical and budgetary restrictions
- Unpatchable vulnerabilities because users don’t regularly update their gadgets
- Older devices may not be compatible with newer software updates
- Easy accessibility means attackers could insert corrupted chips or hack via radio waves
Possibility of Cloud Breaches
Hackers can gain access to the data processed by your IoT system by intercepting unencrypted messages.
Your device might contain sensitive information such as your location, bank account information and medical records. Attackers can access critical information in many other ways, including by exploiting weakly protected communications.
Even if every piece of data is transported to cloud storage, intruders can potentially target cloud-hosted applications. Therefore, the risk of data leaks is not just from the devices themselves but also from the cloud environments to which they are connected. That is why DevOps pros, developers and software engineers must find ways to protect the technology from the start and prevent hackers from breaching the cloud.
Risks of Malware
A recent survey by Zscaler revealed that smart TVs, set-top boxes and smartwatches are most susceptible to malware attacks.
If attackers successfully infiltrate an IoT system or insert malware, they may be able to change its functionality, acquire personal data and carry out other malicious activities that can endanger device owners and users.
The trouble is that manufacturers struggle to maintain proper software security to keep their devices safe. Security often takes a backseat when these gadgets are built, leaving buyers to deal with the aftermath if they get infected with malware.
How Chip-to-Cloud IoT Minimizes Security Risk
There are two ways for organizations to enhance their IoT security.
The first step is ensuring both device manufacturers and software developers adhere to sound security principles. If the value chain is exposed, the solution must be chip-to-cloud.
Second, they must take an in-depth approach to protecting key technology by layering security controls to create an iron-clad IoT infrastructure.
The chip-to-cloud architecture enables the creation of secure, low-energy networks of IoT devices that can communicate directly with cloud hosting platforms. The collective effort to build a cloud-first technology stack has been costly, inefficient and unreliable.
Traditionally, IT professionals have used non-machine-hosted security tools like firewalls to secure IoT devices. Chip-to-cloud architecture aims to fix this underlying flaw.
Features of Chip-to-Cloud IoT
Onboard security and computational power are two of the most significant shortcomings of IoT devices. In addition to being more powerful and safe than previous models, IoT devices built with chip-to-cloud security are also more energy-efficient.
Here are the features that make the chip-to-cloud technology so effective:
- An onboard cryptography engine
- Generator of random numbers
- Sufficient random-access memory (RAM)
How It Works
Reliable software design is essential for IoT devices and other internet-connected devices. It keeps hackers from stealing your identification or duplicating your device for their ulterior motives. Chip-to-cloud delivers on all fronts.
These chipset characteristics confer an extra security advantage. Each IoT node is cryptographically unique, making it nearly impossible for a hacker to impersonate it and access the more extensive corporate network to which it is connected. Chip-to-cloud speeds things up by eliminating the need for traffic delays between the logic program and the edge nodes that are ready to take action on the information.
The chip-to-cloud architecture of the internet-of-things is secure by design. New tools are being developed to provide bespoke and older equipment with data mobility capabilities, just like the current IoT.
Nevertheless, chip-to-cloud chipsets are always connected to the cloud. As a result, the availability of assets and the speed of digital communication across nodes, departments and facilities will be significantly improved. Chip-to-cloud IoT is a significant step forward in the evolution of the IoT toward Web3. Experts predict IoT device customers and value producers will benefit more from these design principles than centralized providers.
Chip-to-Cloud Enables IoT Decentralization
The traditional approach to IoT is to cover an already-existing cloud of linked devices with third-party firewalls and other security measures. Its equivalent imagery would be a single umbrella covering a family of 12—or at least attempting to do so. The protocols that govern security must be central to decentralization.
Chip-to-cloud IoT is a powerful, uniquely secured chipset that can be installed inside each device, giving it a far greater connection in the IoT chain than the average IoT gadget.
The cloud manager or analytics application receives data from every node in real-time using the chip-to-cloud technology. The process does not add another layer of protection; instead, it reduces the latency and loss of data packets as they travel from one destination to another.
The Future of IoT
In the wake of recent global events, general cloud technology and chip-to-cloud architecture are receiving huge investments. IoT can supply the data that companies and organizations need to fuel their client engagement portals, machine maintenance platforms and enterprise planning tools.
That said, the internet-of-things will not be entirely safe even with chip-to-cloud technology. Businesses must have a security-focused culture, standards for managing new IT investments and the expertise to pick the best technology partners.
The Web3 transition will likely be coupled with future Web3 innovations such as blockchain to improve its utility and security. Seeing how the world’s genuine value-creators use these new solid tools will be intriguing.
Considering security at the very onset of any IoT project is critical. Maintaining comprehensive cybersecurity in IoT environments is challenging due to the rising frequency of cyberattacks and increasingly complicated system vulnerabilities.
The safety of IoT devices is essential to the operation of many businesses—and even entire economies. Engineers are under increasing pressure to ensure that the rapidly expanding number of interconnected devices is safe. This is why chip-to-cloud technology is poised to become the next big thing in this field. Are you ready to be the change?