How IoT changes your threat model: 4 key considerations

Similarly, when employees and executives interact as a group or individually with technologies like voice-activated virtual assistants, data confidentiality and privacy can become important concerns, says Dan Cornell, CTO at the Denim Group.

Conversations that happen in conference rooms or in an executive office can involve privileged and protected information that are sent to the device manufacturer’s cloud, Cornell says. Considerations like whether confidential data is stored locally or in the cloud, where the data travels and how traceable it is, all become vital to understanding and mitigating the threat, he says.

Securely sending data over IoT systems is another challenge, because a high percentage of the traffic is not encrypted. Organizations also can underestimate the risk around device identification and authentication, provisioning and maintenance without formal threat modeling, Cornell says.

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