As smart home technology is escalating to new horizons, there is a dire need for networks to change. We all know that all our connected appliances are laced to an external server, located outside our home. Time and again, the connection varies data transmission and the frequency of communication between connected devices. However, a single breach from an external device can alter the operation of each device and pose a serious threat to our confidential data. The Mirai Botnet’s attack on Dyn is an infamous example of vulnerabilities that exist on our servers.
So, what should internet service providers do to securely transport our data?
The answer is simple. The primary threat lies in the most basic device. Yes, you’ve guessed it right – the router. Gone are the days, when traditional routers used to do the trick. To operate IoT devices securely, networks must replace the basic access router with smarter routers to detect unauthorized connections and potential threats. It should be able to identify certified connections while preventing any unwanted traffic that is passed from/to the IoT devices. By doing so, users will have a secure and private connection between the server and IoT devices. The technique is beneficial for both service provider and consumer. While the service owner is able to provide dedicated and secured connection, homeowners will be assured of IoT device accuracy and unauthorized outbound flows. Besides that, the device also includes a plethora of other benefits including end-to-end control, stout home security, and more.
Some home still approaches Virtual Customer Premises Equipment for support. Though the device helps, it just moves the customer edge to service provider’s edge. However, the implementation of vCPE can cause network connection issues. But, the system will allow network service providers to identify the problems that customers are facing. Networks can create better and cost-effective solutions for their clients and recommend the right firewall securities. However, IoT devices use encryption. The encrypted packets in a home are intended for a service cannot be analyzed outside of their IP protocol headers. Due to this reason, firewalls are not considered as a viable solution for IoT devices.
Today, there is an abundance of companies with smart IP routers that are session-stateful, service aware, and understand the client directories to prevent external threats. Such routers add metadata to packets that are being routed between home and server to understand customer identify and rectify potential threats.