NSA has reportedly discussed concerns governing to security and privacy of connected office devices on the last day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Taking the advantage of the occasion which also happens to be Halloween, NSA said that its time to address the scary underlining issues.

Supporting its concerns NSA said that long time back finding a smart TV was a herculean task the same would be true for the office furniture. Many might be wondering as for why NSA is so concerned about office furniture. Well, the reality is that the NSA is about to make some office furniture purchases just like any other business would. Now, the question arises, will it by the ‘smart furniture’? In case NSA is planning to add smart furniture there are high risks to sensitive data.

The connect office furniture is a lot in the trend as the IoT connectivity plays a crucial role in enhancing the productivity of the workforce by analyzing the effective utilization of the resources. The data stored by the integrated sensors of the smart furniture is expected to aid businesses to enhance the productivity of the workforce as well as optimize the utilization of the given space.

NSA in an article titled ‘Connected Desks Aren’t What They Used To Be’ elaborated its concern saying that apart from the underlining risks involved in the sensor technology, cloud technology also poses a greater risk to sensitive data of an organization. Using cloud for storing data can put the sensitive data at the risk of threat. There are various privacy concerns with the smart furniture, for instance, there is a risk of leak of personally identifiable information (PII) via malicious attacks that could be either planned or accidental, said NSA in the article.

In October 2018 a research report released by SOSi’s Special Programs Division (SPD) ruled out as how China is likely to dominate the adaption of IoT by setting international rules and standards. The report dubbed China’s Internet of Things is a 202 pages long report highlighting the efforts of the Asian country towards its understating of IoT and its implication. The report consists of a range of IoT privacy policies by looking at the potential risk factors in the Chinese IoT products in the past and how Beijing’s looked at the various parameters to rule out the flaws in the IoT security. The report also looked at the concerns related to increased civil-military cooperation against unauthorized access to sensitive data and IoT devices.

Although we know that unauthorized access to IoT devices is a flaw in itself, he authorized access also open up the back-door flows in the system putting the sensitive data at risk. There are possibilities of a rise in the authorized access to IoT devices as more of the US consumers are now opting for Chinese IoT products, as a result, the Chinese IoT companies are gaining much business from the US at high market cost.