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A Guideline For Developing Secure IoT-Connected Products In 2017, evidently, cybercriminals attacked more than 60 percent of the world’s connected devices, and this number is expected to grow exponentially by 2020 if no measures would be taken for preventing data breaches. With more and more connected products in use, software industries are looking some potential ways for mitigating product design risks. The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has led many companies to keep their eyes on security vulnerabilities and major threats and take preventive measures to halt data breaches and ensure an integrated ecosystem. Some of the cyber threats that product development services firm can encounter this year include malware, ransomware, phishing, botnets, malicious insiders attacks etc. In order to keep IoT-connected software products safer, companies should check some critical aspects during designing a product so as to alleviate above-mentioned threats such as:  Outdated software/Weak authentication: Generally, an obsolete software or a software that becomes outdated over time, become more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Either the coding done in some traditional language or lack of proper maintenance, allows attackers to access the system easily. In addition to this, a product with weak authentication or improper security actions further becomes the hub of attackers for expanding their malicious activities.  Flaw remediation: Flaws or vulnerabilities which occurred in products, need to be addressed by a system which follows a set of processes to identify and fix errors and pushing out patches to end-users in real-time.  Unencrypted connections: A product is more susceptible to malicious software threats when the connections are unencrypted since anyone can access important information like login, passwords etc. to access networks and confidential data. Ways to Minimizing Risks Analyzing the risks, aroused from IoT deployments, could be challenging. But, by focusing on reinforcing security measures and providing training on malware, ransomware, and phishing threats to staff and employees, an organization can minimize cyber-security risks. Even a single vulnerable device can lead to the disruption in the entire ecosystem, therefore safeguarding product from threats becomes crucial:


 Ensure that you’re developing properly configured and certified products: Certified and properly configured products leave no room for malicious codes, malicious insiders, ransomware or botnets. When developers design and develop a product, they follow security guidelines and identify any persisting flaws in the development phase, which significantly reduces mitigation costs in later stages. Additionally, developing secure products helps a company to attain more customers and strengthen its brand name.  Ensure ISO/IEC 27001 standard for information security management systems: With maintaining this standard, you can secure your assets in order to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of the crucial data such as employee’s data, financial information etc. It helps companies to ensure information security and gain competitive advantages.  Seek third-party consulting for alleviating risks and penetration testing: Many times upon running risk assessment, a system can indicate some cyber-attack susceptible areas. To fix those errors, a company performs ISO/IEC 27002 security controls. Additionally, vulnerability assessment is carried out to detect latent vulnerabilities, which later can be resolved by penetration testing.

A Guideline For Developing Secure IoT - Connected Products  

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A Guideline For Developing Secure IoT - Connected Products  

Visit our website to know more, http://www.damcogroup.com/product-engineering-services.html

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