The Internet of Things is expected to grow to 8.4 billion devices in 2017, with predictions of more than 20 billion devices by 2020. While this market is growing rapidly, it faces a major barrier on the way to its success.
Connected devices are vulnerable, as seen in the DDoS attack on October 21st, 2016, which took down the DNS provider Dyn. Large websites such as Etsy, Twitter, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast and Reddit were among the many that were virtually unusable during this attack. The hackers turned to unsecured IoT devices to create an extensive botnet so they could push enough traffic to take down Dyn.
While this was the largest attack caused by IoT security issues, it certainly isn’t the first. The IoT market needs to find a way to properly secure these devices before more high-profile attacks completely negate the benefits of having this connected technology in your organization.
The Consequences of Unsecured Connected Devices
IoT devices add countless potential attack surfaces to an organization, whether you have an official policy or people are bringing in their own technology. They are trying to connect to your network and have the potential of giving attackers a direct entry point to your infrastructure.
While several …