Guest Column | April 28, 2015

Security Problems With IoT And The Imminent Danger We Need To Prepare For

By Stephen Coty, Chief Security Evangelist, Alert Logic

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Internet of Things (IoT) and have slowly watched its arrival into our everyday lives. Now, devices are streaming into the market with technology ranging from “smart” coffee makers and small appliances, home connected devices, and even the upcoming Apple Watch. These technologies have given early adopters something to think about. How do I keep my data safe when IoT can connect you with the entire cyber world?

Although there are benefits that come with IoT, like Amazon’s Dash Button, consumers and enterprises alike must remain mindful of the security risks that accompany this new technology. These devices are not vulnerability free, with HP reporting that up to 70 percent of commonly used IoT devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks and breaches.

So, what are the potential problems to look out for with the ubiquity of IoT?

  1. More Access. With all of the devices that consumers and companies will be able to connect to the IoT there will be a greater surface area available for attacks. Think about it, if you have only one device, a “smart” toaster, you may be less vulnerable than someone who has upwards of ten “smart” appliances or objects. However, having any IoT enabled devices makes you vulnerable if they are linked to the same account or network.

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