The hacking allegations during the recent U.S. presidential election are the latest proof that no one is safe from cyber attacks. The fight of "Good against Evil" that has raged since the beginning of time has now inevitably spread to the Internet. In the struggle to tell friend from foe, it’s just as well there are also cyber detectives – such as Sophos GmbH from Wiesbaden. At this year’s CeBIT in Hannover, the company is not only showcasing its end-to-end portfolio of networked security solutions but is also exhibiting a new, interactive study. Sophos is opening the door to a "Haunted House" based around the risks that the Internet of Things (IoT) poses for businesses and private users.
The spooky title refers to the model home at the heart of its study, which is equipped with standard smart and IoT components that are networked online. Its lighting, heating, shutters and alarm systems are all controlled by this intelligent system – making them just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as if they were installed in a real home or business. Starting at CeBIT 2017 and continuing for several weeks after, every attack on the "Haunted House" will be logged and ultimately evaluated. Visitors to the trade fair can also use a 2D model to try and work out which components, from camera to lighting system, are the easiest to hack.