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Threats and Attacks on the IoT


I investigated the threats and the attacks on the internet of things that is highly rampant in recent years. I investigated the possible ways the internet is threatened and is at risk of being attacked. The article seeks to answer the various classifications of threats, intruders, and attackers facing the internet.

All You Need to Know About IoT

The technology of the internet has developed at a high rate as its ability to offer different services has increased, impacting social life and the related business environment and other human life fields such as the health and education sector that involves the storage of crucial information and data. Due to the growth of demand for the internet, there has been a demand for the security of the services and products considering the rising threats and attacks. Consequently, the tools used by attackers are more sophisticated and more effective. This, therefore, creates a need for the full protection of the from all manner of attackers and threats.

The objects' security is determined when the process can maintain maximum intrinsic when subjected to various conditions. In this case, the internet's security maintains the devices' intrinsic value and their services.

The internet of things is described as an extended internet to the world to interact with the things and objects that surround as such as services and devices. The internet is mostly found to be in the form of a machine to machine, applied in retail, transport, and power. There is a projection to have this form grow up to twelve billion in terms of connection by the end of the year 2020. However, the connection of devices has attracted attackers and other threats due to easy access to the internet by attackers, wireless communication of the components over the networks, leakage of confidential information, and the internet's inability to support complex security schemes.

The impacts of the cyber threats are great as they may damage or disable the system's operations, hence ending the economic status to the internet owners. Some of the attacks include embedded in the lighting system at home and water treatment plants attacks in the public sector. Security concerns over the internet cannot be avoided as technology is highly adopted in homes, work environments, and other essential areas.

Internet devices allow the entity to be connected to the world that is digitized. Such items that connect the entity include smart things ranging from the buildings, home appliances, vehicles, and health devices. The environments of the internet should be protected to increase functionality. However, the vulnerability to both the internal and external attacks challenges the implementation and use of a strong security mechanism because of its computational capabilities.

Internet services facilitate turning of the entities to the architecture-oriented to services. The exchange of the services between the provider and the consumer causes interaction with the material things. The internet's security is meant to protect the internet's devices, services, data, and the available information. The fundamental concern of internet devices is the confidentiality of the data in the services. As most of the entities are connected and the data communicated through the internet, the data's privacy is essential. Both the data collection and sharing security remains to be an issue of research.

The vulnerability of the internet allows an attacker or an intruder to access the data authoritatively. This can be identified as a weakness in the software or the hardware. The exposure of the internet makes the information naked, allowing the attacker to gather the information. In this case, the smart devices may be left unattended hence accessed by the attackers.

Threats are the activities that identify and utilize the weakness in the security system and manifest their interests. A threat occurs in both human cause and by nature. In contrast, the attacks disrupt the normal functioning of the system applying various tools and methods. Attacks occur in physical attacks, denial of services, access attacks, attacks on privacy, and reconnaissance attacks.

The data I have provided supports my conclusion. This is because I was able to identify the answers to the hypothesis over the security on the internet.

An alternative explanation of the result is that different internet manufacturing organizations should develop a security solution to increasing threats. The results show the vulnerability of such a device attracts more attackers.

I commend that the internet devices and services be subjected to other uses and application environments that are more secure to attain a comparative scenario than normal environments prone to threats and attacks.


The study above shows the ailing part of the technology on the internet for both the devices and services. This acts as an opener to other fields of technology that security matters.

The experimental design is appropriate and compatible with the environment hence providing the right results and observations.

The authors concluded that the internet's security is a matter that needs to be emphasized as they face many threats. However, there needs to be an address of the security challenges as more work remains to be tackled in the internet's security and privacy.


Abomhara, M. (2015). Cybersecurity and the internet of things: vulnerabilities, threats, intruders, and attacks. Journal of Cyber Security and Mobility, 4(1), 65-88.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2020 Ian Muiruri

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