INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) TESTING
If your device is connected to the internet, it’s at risk of attack from cybercriminals. With Nettitude’s IoT testing service, you can use your connected devices with confidence.
IoT Security Penetration Testing of Devices
The number of internet-connected devices has rocketed in the past few years and, as Nettitude documented in our recent threat intelligence report, the IoT has become a target for cybercriminals aiming to build botnets. These botnets are often employed to launch some of the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ever seen. For example, the Mirai malware discovered in 2016 infected hundreds of thousands of IoT devices and used them to launch high profile, high bandwidth DDoS attacks against prominent websites.
Nettitude routinely works closely with the creators of smart devices to assure the security posture of their devices. IoT testing services are a valuable way to assess the security levels associated with a given connected device.
Nettitude has extensive experience in IoT testing, including but not limited to:
- Smart devices for domestic usage
- Smart devices for industrial usage
- Smart metering
- Connections for utilities
- Smart devices aimed at the automotive and transport sector
- Smart devices in the healthcare sector
What Do I Need To Know About IoT Testing?
When Is IoT Testing Applicable?
Nettitude recommends IoT testing for any device that will be connected to a network under normal use. From cameras to toothbrushes, connected devices are actively targeted by threat actors aiming to:
- Build botnets
- Serve malicious or illegally obtained software
- Compromise individual and corporate privacy
- Details of the motivations and goals for the relevant threats
In particular, devices that are designed to be ‘plug and play‘ should be subject to an IT security penetration test; their low barrier setup means they are often deployed in suboptimal security configurations. For organisations that produce IoT devices and are concerned about their security posture, Nettitude offers a world-class penetration testing service.
How Does Nettitude Perform An IoT Security Test?
Compared with more traditional areas of penetration testing, IoT testing presents several unique challenges. One of the main challenges lies in diversity; varying architectures, communication protocols, coding and operating systems result in almost immeasurable combinations of technology. Therefore, Nettitude utilises only the most experienced penetration testers for IoT testing.
Nettitude’s security consultants ensure that the full attack surface and all use cases are considered so that you are fully assured of the security of your devices. Broadly, an IoT test focuses on the following areas:
What can you expect from a Nettitude IoT Security Test?
Any organisation that works with Nettitude on IoT security testing can expect two fully quality-assured reports per engagement. The first is a management report, which is designed to be consumed by a non-technical audience and relays the overall security posture of the target device in terms of risk.
The second is a technical report, which provides in-depth detail for each finding, including relevant and actionable remedial advice. Of course, the engagement doesn’t stop there. Nettitude encourages a debrief to ensure that you fully understand the report and are advised of any next steps. It’s an opportunity to ask our experts any questions you might have. After the debrief, the organisation is welcome to stay in touch with Nettitude and receive ongoing, top-quality security advice.
Frequently Asked Questions about Network Security Penetration Testing
How does IoT work?
IoT technology allows everyday items from cars and laptops to toothbrushes and lightbulbs to become internet-connected. This means that these tools can communicate through the internet for a variety of purposes, but it also offers cybercriminals an avenue to disrupt the function of a device. This is where IoT penetrative security testing comes in.
What kinds of threats are IoT devices vulnerable to?
The main threats we see in IoT testing are malware, viruses, DDoS, and buggy apps. These can all disrupt the effectiveness of your device which, for items like traffic lights and security systems, can cause major damage. Our testing services identify weaknesses in all these areas and limit your exposure to threat actors targeting IoT devices.
How can I protect my organisation from IoT attacks?
At Nettitude, we recommend researching and trying to understand the technology behind an IoT device before purchasing it. Make sure the company you purchase from is reputable and that firmware updates are included. We also recommend updating routers older than 5 years, changing the default admin password, backing up your data, and going for routine IoT testing. Hackers are capable of leveraging IoT devices for their own gain, so limiting the threat surface and staying informed on developments in technology will help you protect yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions about Data Privacy Security
What is an incident response policy?
An Incident response plan or policy is a process you create before you experience a cyberattack. This is so that your team has a procedure to follow when you do experience a data breach. Nettitude follows the CREST Cybersecurity Incident Response process which is broken down into 3 phases: preparation, response, and follow up. Having a breach plan gives you the confidence to quickly nullify any threat to your data privacy security.
Why is data privacy security important?
Although it has always been important, the implications and need for higher security are coming into play now that technology is indispensable to everyday life. Using apps, browsing websites, and shopping online are all examples of how your data will be stored and managed online. For organisations today, the threat of cyber theft is a pertinent one. Having comprehensive data privacy plans in place can reduce and mitigate the risks of such events.
Does Nettitude practice sustainability?
As a company with a global footprint, sustainability is an area of importance to us. We are a registered ‘Investor in People’ organisation. Taking a cue from ISO 14001, we have strong sustainability practices put in place. Our organisation also hires fairly and equally, across gender and race. By working with us, you can rest assured that we implement data privacy security measures with ethics at the core of our mission.
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