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 are making use of IoT technologies and incorporating them into the organization. The devices operate continuously, automatically and are constantly connected to the Internet, which adds an attack vector that is difficult for the organization to manage.

Performing a penetration test on IoT technologies requires a broad knowledge in a wide range of fields and disciplines. First a proper understanding of electronics. Secondly, experience in infrastructure and application penetration testing. Thirdly, you need a professional lab that can physically connect to the hardware components.

Who would be potential candidates for an IoT penetration test?

  • Companies that have developed an IoT product as part of an enterprise system and are interested in conducting a Penetration test.
  • Companies that have purchased systems that include IoT and are interested in testing their level of hardening.
  • Companies that commercialize IoT products developed by third parties to their customers.

What are the advantages of performing an IoT penetration test?

  • Verifying that it is impossible to break the circuit and extract information
  • Ensuring that communication with other systems is transmitted securely
  • Checking that the system cannot be taken over
  • Identify ways to disclose other users' information

What are the highlights of the test?

  • Physical hardening
  • Identification of weak or hardware-encrypted passwords
  • Location of non-enforced network services
  • Connection to the circuit and direct access to the system
  • Unenforced interfaces
  • Determination of the level of hardening of data transfer over the network
  • Try using default configurations that are not hardened.

An IoT penetration test is a unique test that requires a lab and an evaluator with extensive knowledge in many areas. It is not just about infrastructure or application PT, but the ability to connect to the system hardware and verify how hardened it is. Never play games with professionalism! Always verify that the pentester has proven experience in the field, is an employee of the company, has the necessary certifications and has professional liability insurance.