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The Internet of Things, or IoT, is made up of interconnected sensors and devices networked with computers. Alongside consumer devices like smartwatches etc, many of the technologies are used in the management of utility companies and oil pipelines, i.e. industrial control systems, making them prime targets for cyberattackers. In these cases, the potential for damage can be huge. A new solution could help mitigate this challenge.

In 2021, attackers targeted US systems at the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, as well as the computerized equipment that manages the Colonial Pipeline, a 5,500-mile-long pipeline system. 

New strategies to mitigate future cyberattacks have been developed by researchers from the University of Arizona College of Engineering. They claim their innovation will help make cybersecurity for IoT more accessible for companies and organizations of all sizes. 

The researchers have developed a two-part technology – consisting of a Security Automation Tool and an Embedded Security Software Architecture – that allows engineers without cybersecurity backgrounds to implement complex security protocols to prevent such attacks. 

Their security automation tools work with open-source software to allow engineers to add IoT cybersecurity functions such as encryption, authentication and secure software updates quickly and efficiently to their systems, as reported by arizona.edu.

The developer’s vision is “to enable IoT security everywhere.” Based on the technology, they have launched a startup, BG Networks, to bring their technology from UArizona to the public.