Date of Award

5-25-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and University Honors

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Charles Wright

Subjects

Internet of things -- Security measures, Computer networks -- Security measures, Computer security

DOI

10.15760/honors.579

Abstract

This paper will describe the security vulnerabilities posed by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and potential solutions to alleviate these vulnerabilities. It will describe how IoT devices work, and how they differ from conventional devices such as personal computers in utilizing the Internet. Then the paper will describe the security threats associated with IoT devices, and how a lack of proper security in IoT devices exacerbates this problem. Finally, it will describe proposed solutions to improve IoT device security. IoT devices are seeing increasing deployment in the field, and the continued growth of the Internet of Things along with the lack of security in such devices continues to raise concerns of how security is and should be handled in these devices. The Mirai botnet attacks of 2016 highlighted the potential for IoT devices to be hijacked and be exploited for malicious purposes such as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Solutions such as router security and ethernet firewalls are proposed to protect vulnerable devices in the absence of manufacturer intervention. While cybersecurity researchers will be in constant battle against the latest threats and malwares, they must continue to combat these issues to uphold Internet security.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25378

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