Is Your Networked Lighting a Security Risk?

by Julie S. on September 30, 2015

Is Your Networked Lighting a Security RiskLightbulb hacking. It might not sound like a real threat, but savvy, networked lighting hackers could gain access to your entire building automation and smart home systems.

The necessity for preventing unwanted access to connected safety and security devices like door locks and security cameras goes without saying; however, any device connected to the network, including a lightbulb or appliance, can serve as a gateway to the system.  Researchers have demonstrated this across multiple brands of lighting products utilizing both WiFi and mesh protocols like Zigbee.

The key to protecting connected devices? Rely on a dedicated, tamper-resistant security device, such as a secure microcontroller that enables secure storage of network passwords and authentication keys.

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