The importance and challenges of cybersecurity in IoT

Today we have released new lectures for Module 11 of C1b3rWall Academy 2021/2022 “IoT and Security”. Experts such as Marta Fuentes, Data Scientist at EGIDA, part of FIDESOL, will continue to expound on the importance of cybersecurity in the Internet of Things.

Marta explains that IoT has multiple benefits; it improves people’s quality of life, optimizes city traffic, helps to treat, and monitor patients and optimizes processes in industry.

Nevertheless, it entails some risks, such as traffic capture, unauthorized access, data leakage, data alteration or invalidation, behavioral alteration, rapid spread of malware, denial of service, and others. To combat them we need strong data encryption, secure communications, device identification and authentication, and continuous monitoring (anomaly detection). Thus, there are still challenges to be solved.

Víctor Carrión Hontoria, Systems Administrator at CARTIF, also participated in the event. Victor presented a paper on “IoT, are we ready to connect to the world?”, in which he discussed the current scenario of the so-called Internet of Things, considering the large number of IoT devices that are currently present in our lives, more than 46,000 million according to some sources. He then looked at the future scenario, which is expected to see an even more accelerated increase in the number of these devices. All this, in the context of the cybersecurity and functionality challenges that we must face.

You can watch all the presentations aquí.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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