Wired has an interesting interview with Ken Westin of the security firm TripWire about security concerns emanating from the Internet of Things.
Westin, who works as a security analyst for TripWire states the obvious: ‘spamming refrigerators aren’t your biggest worry.’ That refers, obviously, to the now (in)famous example from that Proofpoint report from last year.
But from there, Westin’s observations about where risk might lie in the (consumer) Internet of Things is worth reading. In particular, Westin worries about the composite risk that results from so much personal data being collected from our environments, bodies and online activities.
“As we interact with our devices there’s this trail of digital exhaust that we leave behind,” he says. “Once you combine this data and create very rich profiles of people, I worry that it’s going to be the death of privacy.”
In the future, he worries, the danger isn’t so much from hacking IoT devices – that just gets you information on a single user. Rather, he worries that the agglomeration of granular data within cloud repositories, application servers and other infrastructure that backs the IoT will prove too rich a target to ignore.