by Co-Authored by Col. Patrick M. Duggan Commander, Joint Base Myer-Hender son Hall
Should you be scared of your new thermostat? Maybe, if it is WIFI-enabled and you haven’t secured it.
Why? The next generation of terrorism is here, and it will use your connected devices – thermostats, fridges, lights, elevators, industrial controls, cars – even toys. These smart devices represent the latest pathways for tech-savvy terrorists to wreak chaos. But before unplugging everything you own to live off the grid, take heart in the fact, at least at the national level, we still have time to prepare.
While traditional DoD counter-terrorism (CT) efforts have mainly emphasized direct action, future U.S. security measures must also adapt to harness the Internet of Things (IoT). Simply put, the IoT’s inexorable growth portends new methods for destruction but also provides new mechanisms for defense.
These same IoT devices are as capable for U.S....