The Internet of Dangerous Things and Top Worst Information Systems’ Cyber Security Threats Today

Our era embraces the Internet of Things, meaning that there is a plethora of different things connected to the web. Although this type of progress has led to the facilitation of a great many aspects of our daily routine, this does not come without a price. On the contrary, there are several threats that have emerged and now appear to be jeopardizing our overall online security.

The so-called Internet of Dangerous Things consists of every single thing that we experience online and that either irritates, or monitors or even harms us. In this point of view, you can easily comprehend why there is the eminent need for the proper security layering to be put into effect towards getting the defensive results that will keep us safe from harm.

Things that annoy us and pretty much get in the way of allowing us to surf the web freely and hassle-free include popup windows and displayed messages, as well as disruptions during our activities (for instance, during our gaming or in the middle of a net-meeting). At the same time, things that monitor us feature cookies and malware, adware and spyware, viruses and all other dangers that have to do with the use of malicious software or even third parties. Last but not least, there are things that destroy and they can even lead to the distraction of our computer machines from the inside, apparently without our consent and without us even knowing about it.

What Can be Done?

In order for everyone to remain thoroughly protected against online threats and dangers, it is essential that the right kind of protective measurements are taken. This means that you need to safeguard your online privacy and your overall safety online through the use of innovative and up-to-date systems resulting in a powerful and effective environment. You ought to become immune to the dangers that might come up on the web. If you wish to make the most out of Internet of Things without compromising your security, these are some of the details that you have to take into consideration:

  • Enable Notifications, Both Prior to and Post Each Action
  • Engage in Two-Factor Authentication
  • Ensure Remote Access and Control is only Available When You Want to
  • Real Time Visibility
  • Allow Firewalls and Protective Layering

All these details add to the desired results, which are none others than to ensure the best outcome and the most pleasurable performance online. Feel free to empower your defense, so that you do not have to tackle with the negative consequences of the Internet of Dangerous Things – which is bound to spread like the plague alongside with the increasing popularity of the Internet of Things, of course.

Information Systems Injured by Cyber Security Threats

Information Systems have been severely injured by significant cyber security threats, bringing to attention quite a few different dangers that the IT industry has got to address and efficiently deal with. According to a recent study conducted by Sungard Availability Services, these are the most commonly presented threats on the Internet:

  • Vulnerable web applications (noted by 55% of respondents)
  • Being overall security “aware” (51%)
  • Out-of-date security patches (50%)
  • Failure to encrypt PCs and sensitive data (47%)
  • Obvious or missing passwords (44%)

As you can see, there are significant threats that many users are to blame for. For instance, obvious or missing passwords are directly linked to the negligence of the users; they do not bother thinking of solid passwords that are next to impossible to crack or they do not go ahead with applying a password in the first place.

As a result, it is far easier for somebody to penetrate the system online without an additional protective layering. All at once, out-of-date security patches should always be renewed and the latest versions should be picked rather than any outdated alternative. Lack of encryption is also a terrible thing to do, especially when it comes to sensitive data that should not be leaked for any reason.

Security awareness is of the essence here; knowledge is the key to success and this is not an exception to the rule. All Internet users who engage in activities that might jeopardize the user experience should be thoroughly aware of the dangers underlying and possibly putting one’s computer or personal information at risk. So, before moving on with the assessment of security risks, every single one of us involved in the IT industry one way or the other should ask himself whether or not he has lived up to the expectations of security on the Internet as a whole.

Among all the cyber security threats, the vulnerable web applications seem to be involving the vast majority of Internet users. In order for you to prevent such a consequence, it is vital that you ask yourself the following questions beforehand:

  • Is the Web Application Safety Oriented?
  • Is Input Validation Used?
  • Are There Session Management Restrictions?
  • Is The Data Used Thoroughly Encrypted?
  • Has the App Been Adequately Tested and Evaluated?
  • Does the App Come from a Trusted Vendor?

If all of the above details have been taken into consideration and provided that you get the desired answers to all of these questions, Internet of things and web apps are safe enough for you to make use of. In an environment like the one we are expected to survive in online, it is only fair that we make security our top priority. Feel free to learn more on how to keep all the online threats at bay and thrive, risk-free!

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Pierluigi Paganini Cyber Security Analyst; Member, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group; Founder, Security Affairs Blog. Co-author of The Deep Dark Web: The Hidden World.
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