Guest blog by Christine Young
From Yahoo to LinkedIn, smart speakers to security cameras, DVRs, and even baby monitors—all of these things have been hacked at some point (or points, in some incidents). As smart, connected products become more pervasive in our everyday lives, they also provide more avenues for cybercriminals. In some cases, it’s a matter of end users needing to be more diligent about, say, changing default logins and passwords. In other cases, the device itself simply wasn’t designed with very strong security. The first case is a matter of education. And the second? Also education.
Sadly, too many companies consider security to be expensive, time-consuming, and/or complex to implement. These characteristics couldn’t be farther from the truth, especially when you consider the cost of a security breach in terms of lost revenue and damage to your brand and customer loyalty.
The FBI has tracked more than 3.4 million complaints to its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) since the center was formed in May 2000. Based on the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, there were more than 288,000 complaints amounting to more than $1 billion in reported losses in 2015. In its white paper, “2016: Current State of Cybercrime,” RSA notes, “From mobile threats and ransomware to the role of biometrics in reducing fraud, a myriad of threats exist across the cyber landscape and the commoditization of cybercrime is making it easier and cheaper to launch attacks on a global scale.”
The harder you make your design to hack, the better protected your design. With today’s embedded security technologies, it’s relatively straightforward and cost-effective to integrate a robust level of security into your designs.
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Christine Young is a technology writer at Maxim Integrated, where she covers a variety of technical topics in articles, papers, and on Maxim’s mgineer blog. She began her career as a journalist and has since built an extensive history working in the semiconductor industry.