Royal Holloway: Attack mapping for the internet of things
There are currently more devices connected to the internet than there are people on this planet. These objects, which connect to the internet to share data and resources, are known as internet of things (IoT) devices. The rate of adoption across various fields in our modern society is increasing rapidly and such devices are widely integrated within homes in hopes of improving one’s lifestyle. However, with this comes an increase in the attack surface. The challenge with smart home IoT devices is ensuring that the devices, approaches and frameworks used are secure, both at present and in the future as new technologies are developed. This article puts forward a practical model for investigating the security of a home network to evaluate and track what pathways an attacker may use to compromise it. The model allows an individual to understand the attacks, evaluate whether the attack is feasible within the context of a specific network, and finally action it, reducing the risk.