The world of IoT (Internet of Things) is gaining momentum and integrating into all areas of technology, both in the private and business sectors. Many organizations make use of IoT technologies and incorporate them into the organization. The devices operate continuously, automatically, and are constantly connected to the Internet, adding an attack vector that is hard for the organization to manage.
Performing a Penetration Test on IoT technologies requires extensive knowledge in a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines. First a proper understanding of electronics. Second, infrastructure and application penetration testing expertise. Third, one needs a professional laboratory that can physically connect to the hardware components.
Who would be likely candidates for an IoT Penetration Test?
- Companies that have developed an IoT product as part of an enterprise system and are interested in performing a Penetration test.
- Companies that have purchased systems that include IoT and are interested in checking their level of hardening.
- Companies that market IoT products developed by third parties to their customers.
What are the advantages of performing an IoT Penetration Test?
- Verifying it is impossible to breach the circuit and extract information
- Ensuring communication with other systems is transmitted securely
- Checking that the system cannot be taken over
- Identifying ways to disclose other users’ information
What are the highlights of the test?
- Physical hardening
- Identifying weak or hardware-coded passwords
- Locating unhardened network services
- Connection to the circuit and direct access to the system
- Non-hardened interfaces
- Determining the level of hardening of data transfer over the network
- Test using default settings that are not hardened
An IoT Penetration Test is a unique test requiring a laboratory and a tester with vast knowledge in many areas. It is not just infrastructure or applicative PT, but the ability to connect to the system’s hardware and check how hardened it is. Professionalism must never be trifled with! Always verify that the pentester has proven experience in the field, is a company employee, has the necessary certifications, and has professional liability insurance .