More than the threat from the hackers, I see here a potential threat from the counterfeiters who could make products which are look-alikes of the branded ( and hence fortified against security threats) products.
Such counterfeit products could be easy target for hackers or could have some serious bugs and performance issues.
It seems like there are some fairly solid security standards that can be used to address most of the concerns I have heard so far. The issues always come back to the human factors. Rogue insiders, users who operate in default modes, poor password protection, etc. Securing us from ourselves or from a few 'bad actors' will always be the difficult bit...
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.