How IoT Could Serve as A Model for Improved Internet Security
Tue, April 20, 2021

How IoT Could Serve as A Model for Improved Internet Security

Emerging technologies such as IoT and 5G could have the potential to improve internet security / Photo Credit: NicoElNino (via Shutterstock)


Danny Palmer of technology news site ZDNet reported that technologies such as IoT, quantum computing, and 5G could bolster internet security, as well as the people who use it. That is, if such technologies are applied correctly. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) chief executive Ciaran Martin spoke at the launch of the centre’s third annual review. 

Martin pointed out how evolving technology could be utilized to “improve cybersecurity standards” for businesses and citizens alike. In the early days of the internet, hacking, malware campaigns, and cyberattacks were not addressed by the government or the industry. Martin added that no one looked at security from a structural or strategic standpoint. 

Presently, governments are trying to deal with cybersecurity issues, as these pose risks to users. But emerging technologies such as IoT will take care of that. It is acknowledged that IoT “creates potential risks.” However, if IoT is applied correctly, it could potentially improve internet security. According to Martin, the way the internet operates now creates security risks. 

He said that we are straying away from an internet economy where users give away their personal information for free for services they don’t have to pay for. This is not good for cybersecurity. Martin noted that we are moving to a model where users will be expected to pay for goods and services. He argued that it “gives us an opportunity to introduce objective standards that consumers and businesses can judge when buying those products and services.”

The NCSC has collaborated with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to formulate guidelines for IoT device manufacturers to ensure that their products “are secure and easy to update.” Firms that follow the Secure by Design code of practice can prove if their devices are safe. This allows the public to make “informed decisions when buying or installing IoT products.” Martin justified, “Let's use that model of working out how this digital economy is going to work and what action we can take to make it safer.”