Connected Security

While at CES, I noticed a large amount of connected TVs and connected cars, which led me to think that these devices are ripe for breach from hackers, so I went digging and low and behold thieves in the UK have begun the looting process (http://bit.ly/10PWDyJ). Thus I felt it was a topic worth writing about.  Here are my 2 cents.

Why Does Connected TV Security Matter?

Cyber attacks to Android and iOS powered cell phones and computers have increased dramatically over the past five years.  Now that televisions are becoming “smarter”  by being powered through these platforms, the attacks have become more sophisticated. 

Increasingly, televisions are starting to incorporate smart operating systems which enable them to run wifi.  From here, criminals are able to hack into the system through an app.  Cyber criminals have already discovered a flaw in some Samsung smart TVs, which allows them to listen in and look into households through the television.

Do Cyber Criminals Really Care About Connected Cars?

Cyber criminals care about any smart device that allows them to gain access to your personal details.  They no longer just have an interest in stealing your login details to social media networks or your bank account information; cyber criminals are now interested in controlling your car, as well. 

Connected cars have wifi connectivity which enables the driver to access GPS, email addresses, and stream movies.  Some connected cars offer security features through connective devices which include the braking and door locking systems.  Cyber criminals could potentially hack into your connected car system, giving them the opportunity to take control of your engine speed, car security alarm,  wifi connectivity, door locking system, and your braking system. 

How to Make Sure You’re Safe

Manufacturers of connected vehicles have already been briefed on these threats and are working to create patches and encryptions which make it harder for potential cyber criminals to hack in. The U.S. Dept of transportation is also testing connected car devices to decrease their vulnerabilities. 

Downloading security apps and making sure your devices are password-enabled helps to decrease your risk of being hacked; however, some criminals are still able to bypass the systems. 

Covisinit, Windows, Cisco, McAfee are all devising ways to reduce the risk of cyber attacks through connected televisions and vehicles.  These measures include cloud services that restrict access to connected devices, beefed up security access, SSL encryption and authorization certificates.

Would love to hear further thoughts on the matter and what other companies out there I should be paying attention to?