Novatel Wireless, Inc., recently announced it has been contracted to update the AT&T wireless network in preparation for the Internet of Things. Serious security concerns, however, have yet to be addressed. Consumers wonder if the new technology will be safe. (via ATT)
Despite growing security concerns related to the Internet of Things (IoT), AT&T recently entered into agreement with Novatel Wireless, Inc., to update their network in preparation for IoT-connected home security systems. A related study conducted last year by HP discovered that IoT devices have up to 25 security vulnerability each. AT&T has not addressed such security concerns, but has demonstrated that it will press on to ensure its share of the IoT market.
Novatel Wireless has positioned itself as a leading back-end provider of IoT wireless solutions. Through its new partnership, it will update the AT&T network to include MiFi Secure SA 1100 – a new security technology launched in April. This will allow AT&T to enhance its control and automation market, which includes home security services.
MiFi Secure SA 1100 is a dual channel communication board that connects directly to home security panels. This allows home security alarms to connect directly to the 3G wireless network and allows for smart home automation through Wi-Fi and Z-Wave technology. The service is open to communication providers and is offered as an “as-a-service” solution to enhance IoT capability. Additional MiFi Secure SA 1100 clients include Monitronics, Icontrol and Tri-ed.
While consumers are excited for the freedom and convenience promised by IoT-connected home security solution, such as on-the-go security camera access to footage and app-based control panels, when it comes to addressing serious security concerns, the jury is still out. In HP’s study, IoT-connected devices exhibited a wide range of security weaknesses, including Heartbleed susceptibility, cross-site scripting and serving as a pathway into an otherwise secure network.
The implications of this threat are serious. Many IoT devices have personal information stored, including banking information, dates of births and home addresses. Hackers can even compromise a home security system or baby monitor and view your intimate footage. According to HP, hacking the network is easy and this is the kind of information you don’t want in the wrong hands.
Still, consumers purchasing habits demonstrate that the IoT will live on. Sales of market-ready IoT-connected devices, such as the Fitbit, continue to soar. There have been no accounts of such crimes yet, but with cases of credit card hackers like Albert Gonzalez, it’s best to prevent such possibilities beforehand.
There is no word on when AT&Ts network update will be complete. If you are planning on purchasing an IoT-connected home security system, however, may we suggest you refrain from uploading your personal information until security concerns have been addressed.
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