16:53 03 July 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) has successfully made its way into our homes as more and more people desire to be more connected. However, this technology comes with security concerns because many connected devices are vulnerable to attacks.
Ian Marsden, CTO at Eseye believes that the ‘cyber threat has never been greater’ than right now. “The simple fact is that more ‘things’ are now connected to the internet than ever before. The continuing spate of attacks have therefore shone a bright spotlight on IoT security – highlighting it to be both weak and ineffective. It’s an issue which the industry has taken seriously for some time, but a sharp rise in both incidents and media headlines will naturally propel the problem up the chain.”
However, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab David Emm said that precautions could be taken to avoid IoT security problems.
“Unfortunately, if smart devices aren’t secure cybercriminals can take control of them. Until recently, this seemed like the stuff of sci-fi movies. There are some basic practices that should be followed by everyone, from individual consumers to the largest global enterprises. These include: using strong passwords, regularly checking for and installing software updates, and implementing appropriate security software.
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