The Internet of Things Has Promise – But it Also Has Hackers

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make life more convenient, but where does security fit in? With that convenience comes the potential of a huge headache. While the promises are great, so are the opportunities for hacking into the very convenience that can make life less difficult.

Security technologist Bruce Schneier told NPR's Audie Cornish that while hacking someone's emails or banking information can be embarrassing or costly, hacking the IoT could be dangerous.

"Unlike computers that only affect bits, the Internet of Things affects objects," Schneier said on All Things Considered. "Right now, unfortunately, these devices are being sold by the millions, they're not secure, and bad things are going to happen.”

He also talks about the lack of an organized effort by manufacturers to make these devices more secure.

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So where are we as an industry in finding a solution? Read our Security of Things 2016 Recap: A Focus on IoT Device and Data Security Challenges and Solutions, which includes insights from experts across the industry on security and privacy of the ecosystem, or get involved with the Smart Card Alliance’s Internet of Things Security Council, a forum where all the stakeholders can work together to solve the privacy and security problems facing IoT.

You can also read the full NPR story and see more of Schneier’s thoughts here.