The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast expanding and encroaching on every aspect of our lives. There are already more than 4 billion connected devices across the world, and IoT devices willoutnumber humans several times by 2020. Many of these devices are in our homes, and they give us an unprecedented ability to sense and control our appliances, helping us achieve convenience, energy saving and home automation in ways that were virtually impossible a few years back.
However, the promise of efficiency and modernization offered by IoT can’t be realized without the security and privacy controls to go with it. There are many reasons for you to worry about your smart-home’s security, because insecure IoT device will effectively enable malicious hackers to remotely monitor your home’s activities, hijack your appliances, or trigger the functions of your home’s controller at their will to further their own evil ends.
In order to mitigate the risks to security and privacy in IoT networks, led by cybersecurity scientist Lloyd Greenwald, researchers at R&D firm LGS Innovations published a study, in which they presented a way to seal a smart-home’s privacy through commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and services. Their recipe includes simple cryptography and information manipulation techniques that obscure potential adversaries’ view of home device data and increase the difficulty in conducting successful attacks.
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