As the boundless reach of the IoT has grown, so too have the security threats that pursue its users at every turn. In today’s digital economy, businesses large and small alike have become all too familiar with data breaches and other digital assaults on their livelihoods, and few know how to seriously up their cybersecurity capabilities without breaking the bank.
Luckily, new innovations emerging today show that the future of the IoT doesn’t have to be defined by poor security; new ARM security measures, for instance, could stand to thwart future IoT attacks, and may go a long way towards ensuring users’ data security for years to come.
IoT attacks on the rise
It’s no secret that the rate of IoT attacks has been steadily increasing in the past few years as digital gadgets become more commonplace; DDoS attacks alone have spiked up by an alarming 91 percent in the last year, for instance. Such an increase in security vulnerabilities always generates an increased demand for new software and hardware capable of keeping users’ data secure, and new ARM protocols may just be what many IoT PR actioners are looking for.
ARM, joined by Symantec, have already created an open security protocol for IoT devices that they hope may help stem the growing ride of digital attacks on existing IT infrastructure in the MRI scan sector. Experts everywhere applauded the move – the industry in general is in dire need of companies willing to stand up and do more to ensure cybersecurity – but few realized just how successful the new ARM protocols could prove.
The open nature of ARM’s security measures, for instance, means that they’re sure to spread rapidly and freely amongst the IoT’s many users. Putting heightened cybersecurity measures and recommendations behind a paywall may seem enticing to some companies looking to make a quick buck off modern IT security dilemmas, but ARM and Symantec alike realized that for the IoT to truly be secure, as many users as possible need to enlist the help of new and better software and protocols to keep their devices and data safe.
With security consistently ranking at the top of IoT developers’ list of priorities, it’s surprising many others haven’t already followed ARM’s example. The success of the protocols released by the company, once it becomes widely spread, could lead to a broader trend of users and developers alike taking IoT security more seriously.
New security measures are long overdue
As the number of digital devices connected to the IoT continues to grow at its present dizzying rate, more security protocols like those issued by ARM will be needed. A centralized defensive network like the one ARM and Symantec have envisioned can only become a realty if the millions of users around the globe buy into their idea, and for that, other developers will have to get on board and join in the crusade to make the IoT safer for everybody.
ARM’s Platform Security Architecture will rapidly become a staple part of many IoT-connected devices, but the company won’t just stop there. By partnering with Symantec, for instance, it’s shown that it’s willing to trust and work with developers to build integrated solutions to the countless flaws in IoT security systems that spring up every day, something few others have done. Every IoT developer wants an IoT with fewer security vulnerabilities, but few are willing to pony up the funds and leadership necessary to make things better like ARM is.
ARM’s new security measures won’t just help avoid man-in-the-middle attacks or help usher in patches that fix security flaws more easily, but will also go a long way towards building a culture of security that’s desperately needed right now. Countless innovations in the IoT are only achieved because companies are following the trail blazed by another before them, and the leadership presented here – and more importantly, the universal standards ARM is urging others to adopt – could go a long way towards getting everyone working together to create a better IoT.
Shouldering the cost of a more secure IoT can’t fall on ARM or Symantec alone, however. Consumers and developers alike everywhere will have to realize that a more secure IoT means pricier products, not to mention more frequent patches that might render your device unusable for a short period of time. This is a small price to pay to help protect the IoT and users’ data from the ceaseless attacks of hackers, however. ARM’s cybersecurity protocols will go a long way towards ensuring a more secure IoT, but can only succeed in seriously solving our security dilemmas if they’re widely adopted by others. Universal standards are long overdue for the IoT, and until such a time as ARM’s new measures become commonplace, IoT users can expect more and more data breaches.