Often referred to as “smart” devices, they come in many different forms such as thermostats, “smart” appliances, wearable fitness trackers, etc. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of digital devices that can send and receive data via the internet.
In recent years, the number of IoT devices has been increasing an average of 30 percent per year, and by 2020, over 50 billion devices are predicted to be connected. In fact, you may have IoT devices installed in your home without even knowing it.
A Security Threat
The proliferation of these devices has been so rapid that the necessary protections from cyber attacks have not kept pace with advancements in technology. As a result, the IoT poses a serious security threat due to illegal activities such as malware infection and other attacks caused by malicious hackers.
Digital Forensics and The Internet of Things
The IoT can be useful to Digital Forensic Examiners because, as with any device that stores data, IoT devices can hold valuable information relevant to forensic examinations.
Preservation of evidence and live imaging is more challenging for IoT devices and, because data from IoT devices is usually stored in the cloud, the laws that apply to IoT devices may not be the same as the laws that regulate the extracted data.
However, in many criminal cases, the value of the data available can make the additional data extraction efforts worthwhile. As the internet of things becomes more ubiquitous, Digital Forensics professionals are adapting and access to IoT data is becoming easier.
If you have any questions about how the IoT may be affecting your security or if you suspect the IoT may be of use in collecting evidence for a digital forensics case, give us a call at TCS Forensics. We are always happy to talk with our customers about emerging technologies and how they impact our security.