Why Smart Security Providers Feel Vulnerable In The Current Era

Why Smart Security Providers Feel Vulnerable In The Current Era

By: SamanthaS1
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Digitalization has changed the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. With the constant evolution and the rapid technological advancements, every province of life has been enhanced. Security services, in particular, have seen constant developments and upgrades in response to advanced threats to the private data of consumers worldwide.

Cloud Services Becoming Increasingly Vulnerable

With the changing times, smart security providers are feeling more threatened by external intrusions than ever before. Cloud services have replaced external hard drives for the storage of massive chunks of data. Cloud services require an online connection for access, and this access could very well happen from an unknown or potentially dangerous source. It is of the utmost importance that servers be kept safe and secure, and in order to do so, these smart security service providers are feeling more pressure than ever before.

The loss of important data stored in the cloud is another major issue. Your security cameras might have stored some important footage which could help apprehend criminals, but what if someone were to access and delete that footage? Obviously, that would be a disaster.

Dangers to Your Wireless Environment

Smart homes enable us to control a range of activities over wireless networks, including the management of our smart security systems. A number of modems and hubs are involved in creating the ideal wireless environment in any household. Hackers often target these modems and hubs to gain access to a select number of devices which would help them to enter the data storage or the physical premises of a smart home owner. Thus, additional security measures need to be implemented by smart security providers to make sure that a household’s wireless devices stay safe from external intrusions.

Radio Waves Can Access Your Smart Devices

Researchers at the IT Security Infrastructures Group have found that a number of smart home gadgets can be operated through radio waves without the consent or knowledge of the owner. These include smart lamps, thermostat controls, fire alarms, and more. Such control could very much put a consumer’s household in danger if a potential criminal decides to alter some important settings, such as changing the thermostat drastically when there are children present in the house. Manufacturers thus face some serious challenges in coming up with products which have the necessary firewalls available for protection.

Intruders Can Take Control of Your Accounts

Account hijacking is another major issue faced by security providers, as a number of home devices (like Amazon Echo or Google Home) rely on user accounts in order to operate comprehensively. Potential intruders can alter your settings, forward false alarms to you and the company, and redirect viruses and malware to your devices. Cloud services potentially rely on an application programming interface (API) with which the public interacts. This API itself can be potentially hacked, which would increase the vulnerability of the data stored within the cloud. Additional algorithms are being developed to make the API more secure so that access by third parties can be restricted. Companies like Vivint smart security and ADT are adding additional layers of security for the protection of API interfaces as well.

DoS and DDoS Attacks – Still Potentially Dangerous

Denial of service (Dos) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have been a thorn in the side of cloud service providers and major security service companies for a long time now. Although significant efforts have been made to reduce these online traffic attacks, hackers have improved their methods, and are often able to disguise such attacks as normal traffic. You lose access to your cloud services for a significant while if such an attack is successful, which gives a loophole to potential criminals to carry out their villainous deeds.

Conclusion

In our daily lives, we tend to blindly rely on systems without considering the possibility that there might be certain gray areas in the various wireless systems implemented within our households. The same goes for a number of conventional smart security providers.

Software needs to be updated regularly to make sure that the hardware is complemented by the necessary algorithms to ensure protective measures. The number of devices capable of being operated over the internet is increasing every day, and even now there might be even more smart home devices present in our households than the ones we are actually aware of, and access to their operations could cause quite a distressful situation.

Smart security services providers need to up their game if they intend to stay ahead and prove themselves to be an integral part in the ever-changing dynamics of this world.

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