The conversation around cyber security, especially cyber security for the Internet of Things, is that while this is an incredible business opportunity, it’s also an area fraught with vulnerabilities. What happened to Target in 2013 is a classic example of this. Hackers hit the retailer’s payment systems and stole 40 million credit card numbers. What blew away investigators was that the thieves were able to gain access through Target’s network that consists of internet-enabled heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems installed in all its stores. To learn more, you can check out Capgemini Consulting’s report: “Securing the Internet of Things Opportunity: Putting Cybersecurity at the Heart of the IoT.”
Bridges, roads, power plants, and airports are all increasingly connected, with large control systems becoming automated. This adds threat surface for cyber criminals, with very scary implications. Security companies are now being founded to try to better protect “operational” networks and industrial systems.