In the wake of a string of high-profile distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks there now a lot more awareness of the potential threat created by connecting millions of devices to the Internet. The issue now is what to do about it.
IT security professionals are now calling for more regulations that would require manufacturers of the types of devices that are being hijacked by hackers to launch DDoS attacks. While that may be a good idea, the current political climate suggests there won’t be any new regulations in the U.S. any time soon. However, president-elect Donald Trump has said that cybersecurity would be a higher priority in his administration. It’s just that rather than shoring up cybersecurity defenses, the tenor and tone of those statements has been focused on increasing the ability of the U.S. government to proactively respond to those attacks.
While it remains to be seen how cybersecurity policies in the U.S. will evolve, there have been some significant advances in terms of IoT security at the processors and software levels that are worthy of note. A new generation of processors from Intel and ARM aimed at IoT devices are significantly more secure than previous generations. On the software side, there’s now a lot of focus on using container software such as Docker in IoT environments to make it simpler to isolate software functions using a lighter weight form of virtualization.