IT as Daily Bread and Butter (ITasDBaB)
The idea of this article started with the movie Blackhat where a hacker (Black hat is used to describe a hacker (or, if you prefer, cracker) who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent. Unlike a white hat hacker, the black hat hacker takes advantage of the break-in, perhaps destroying files or stealing data for some future purpose.), breaks into the network of a nuclear power plant in China, inserts a RAT (Short for Remote Access Trojan, a Trojan horse that provides the intruder, or hacker, with a backdoor into the infected system. This backdoor allows the hacker to snoop your system, use your infected system to launch a zombie (attacks on other systems), or even run malicious code.), takes control of the appliances controlling the cooling water pumps and produces a meltdown incident.
The fact is that today and probably exponentially increasing in the near future, we are exposed and using “smart” appliances in all aspects of our life and I am not talking about mobile phones and tablets, but smart cars, buildings, home appliances and more.
It is very convenient to control your home appliances remotely via the Internet. You can cook your meal, get your coffee, chill you wine and turn on your favourite music while driving home from work because all modern cars are provided with a computer which has WIFI and Bluetooth capabilities.
Image taken from: http://askebiz.com/blog/smart-buildings-intelligent-solutions
As per the above image, a modern smart building will allow you to manage energy, lightning, elevators, water, access and security, High-speed Internet, WIFI. IP Telephony, VPN Access, Smart Devices, Interactive media and many more.
I am a great believer in the future of all this smart devices, appliances and buildings. The future will present us with smart buildings integrated into smart communities and smart cities and there will be massive implications for the society, culture and family. I will tackle the social implications of “smart” everything in another article.
Returning to the movie Blackhat mentioned at the beginning, as in every good American movie the bad guys (hackers) are caught and punished. The problem is that you punish the bad guys but the damage is done, people died, millions were lost and that cannot be undone.
The solution is kind of simple: use security measures and common sense in order to stop the bad guys accessing your mobile phone, car, building, laptop etc.
As per below image, the Building Automation managers of the smart connected appliances and buildings systems are slow in improving the cybersecurity of those systems and that is kind of scary.
I will live you with a very basic message: the cybersecurity of your home, building, tablet mobile, car etc. is paramount, invest to protect your assets, your data your identity. It is money well spent and will cost you far less than having your property hacked, stolen or damaged by some dude wearing a black hat!