How to Secure an IoT System in a Mere Few Minutes

Chris Preimesberger | August 06, 2018

How to Secure an IoT System in a Mere Few Minutes
By 2020, IoT devices are expected to grow to 31 billion in use globally, and by 2025, the number will surpass 75.4 billion devices. That’s a lot of potential attack surfaces. Everything has to be protected. The internet of things market is potentially one of the greenest greenfields ever in the world economy. The sheer number of multiple billions of connected devices not only boggles the minds of hardware and software vendors, system owners and independent software developers—who all see dollar signs—but it also delights bad actors, who also see that same income potential. As the IoT grows, the crooks can look around and find potential open doors everywhere to promote their nasty businesses. Every new device that comes on line represents a possible entry gate for malware, ransomware or some other poison to be injected into a system that will do harm to everything it touches. Only thoughtful security planning and diligent followup can stop this from happening. Connected devices, such as smart home devices, new vehicles, drones and wearables, have quickly gone from “nice to have” to “must haves.” In fact, by 2020, IoT devices are expected to grow to 31 billion in use globally, and by 2025, the number will surpass 75.4 billion devices. That’s a lot of potential attack surfaces. Because IoT devices often go hand-in-hand with hacking and intrusion, we all need to be extremely aware of the consequences if we do not secure our networks correctly. In this eWEEK Data Point article, Andrew Newman, founder of Reason Software and an expert in internet security, offers a set of tips consumers can perform in 60 seconds or less to help protect against a potential hack.

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