June 19, 2017

The Big, Bad World of IoT Security

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The Big, Bad World of IoT Security
Get ready: IoT is everywhere, and we aren’t ready for its explosion.

Not only will the average individual own over 3 IoT devices by 2020, they’ll also teeter into a whopping 28 billion total devices the following year.  We may be jaded by billion-trillion-quadrillion-levels at this point, but consider this: Just two years ago, connected IoT devices barely broke the 15 billion mark.  At this rate, the internet of everything will be unavoidable.  Any device, no matter the size, will be primed for hacking.

“My IT department pushes all the security updates.  How could this be trouble for me?” you may ask.  It’s not about updates or anti-virus software, because unlike the mass orbit of tech connectivity, IoT revolves around a different sun.

Say, for instance, you start small: Buying a batch of wireless mice for your employees.  You fire-and-forget those puppies.  Plug in, sync, and done.

Update maintenance is a foreign (and often ignored) thought.  Why would you treat your mouse with the same security complexity as your computer?  Fair question, and that’s exactly why you should: IoT is unassuming, forgotten, and remarkably dangerous.  A cyberthreat could come from even the modest mouse.

Just look at the MouseJack fiasco last year.  Billions of wireless mice and keyboards were ripe for the hacker picking within a 100-yard radius.  They intercepted the signal between the USB receiver and computer.  Then insert some malware, and you’ve got yourself a sea of host machines and networks infected; batteries and keystroke attacks included, no extra charge.

Keep in mind they breached an untested area in which only some were patched.  This means your brand-X mouse may still, to this day, be at risk.

Ask yourself, how often do you think, “Hey, I need to update the software for my mouse”?  Auto-updates are the logical solution, but in the world of IoT, tremendously difficult to install.

Just like every other IoT device, you insert the dongle in the USB port, let the automatic driver software install, and well… That’s it.  No updates, no maintenance, and very little afterthought.  But that’s exactly what gets you in messy situations, like the 48% of companies already cleaning up after IoT security breaches, not to mention the flurry of DDoS attacks.

Who wants to be splashed across the New York Times as one those companies?  It takes, of course, a beefy security investment, on both the cyber and physical cybersecurity fronts, and it’s well worth every penny.

With the Internet of everything, anything can be a threat.  Brace yourself for the IoT frenzy by arming yourself with knowledge, before the Internet of Things morphs into the beast that is the Internet of Everything.

Craving to know more?  Join us June 20th 2017 for “Protect Your Company from the Internet of Everything”, presented by Pamela Gupta, President of OutSecure Inc.  The more we’re connected, the more your company’s vulnerable.  We’ll tell you how to deflect those threats and safeguard your Internet of Everything.

Topic(s): Security

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