Cyber Security and the Internet of Things: Vulnerabilities, Threats, Intruders and Attacks


  • Mohamed Abomhara Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Norway
  • Geir M. Køien Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Norway



Internet of Things, Cyber-attack, Security threats


Internet of Things (IoT) devices are rapidly becoming ubiquitous while IoT services are becoming pervasive. Their success has not gone unnoticed and the number of threats and attacks against IoT devices and services are on the increase as well. Cyber-attacks are not new to IoT, but as IoT will be deeply interwoven in our lives and societies, it is becoming necessary to step up and take cyber defense seriously. Hence, there is a real need to secure IoT, which has consequently resulted in a need to comprehensively understand the threats and attacks on IoT infrastructure. This paper is an attempt to classify threat types, besides analyze and characterize intruders and attacks facing IoT devices and services.


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Author Biographies

Mohamed Abomhara, Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Norway

M. Abomhara is currently pursuing his PhD at University of Agder, Norway. His research work is in the area of computer security, information security, information system management, cyber-security, and Internet of things. He received a Master of Computer Science (Data Communication and Computer Network) from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2011. He also received a Master of Business Administration (MBA, Information technology management) from Multimedia University, Malaysia in 2013 and a Bachelor of Computer Science from 7th October University, Libya in 2006.

Geir M. Køien, Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Agder, Norway

G. M. Køien is an associate professor in security and privacy in ICT at the University of Agder, Norge. He has previously worked for Ericsson Norway, System Sikkerhet AS and Telenor R & D. During his time with Telenor R & D he was the Telenor delegate to the SA3 (3GPP) work group on security. He received his PhD for Aalborg University, Denmark in 2008.


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