The Internet of Things Revolution - time to think about security

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly arriving - there are more of them now than people in the world. However, due to the lack of proper security and privacy regulations, they pose a serious threat to users. According to the latest report, at the request of F-Secure, you should take the fastest steps to protect your IoT devices - otherwise they will pose a real threat to users.

According to Gartner's predictions, the number of intelligent devices may increase from 8.4 billion in 2017 to 20.4 billion in 2020. Currently, it is difficult to find a television model that would not connect to the internet . Many users are unaware of the dangers that are caused by the rush with which manufacturers release new smart gadgets to the market - without considering any security measures.

Soon, every device in the home will connect to the internet, and the user will not even know about it. These seemingly ordinary accessories will really be "smart" - although the benefit of their connection to the network may be negligible. The real motivation for creating other smart solutions will be the desire to collect data about users - says Mikko Hypponen, Research Director at F-Secure.

Security of the internet of things

One of the largest cyber attacks using IoT devices took place in 2016. Malicious software Mirai enabled then hackers to create an "army" of webcams and Smart TV and paralysis of such services as Twitter, Spotify, Netflix or PayPal.

As long as users do not demand to improve the level of safety, manufacturers do not treat this issue as a priority. An important signal is the result of one of the last IoT research - as many as 96% of companies and 90% of consumers believe that it is necessary to ensure the safety of the Internet of Things and would like government interference in this matter.

Considering the scale of the phenomenon, national governments should take steps to impose appropriate safety requirements on the producers of the Internet of Things devices. You can not sell toys that have sharp edges because they pose a threat to the child. You can not sell cars that do not have brakes. The same should not be done for selling IoT devices that can make the bank account clear, "says Karolina Małagocka, a privacy expert at F-Secure.

In the United States, some steps have been taken to make users aware of the risks associated with the Internet of Things. However, more decisive actions are needed to revise the quality of technology that will go to consumers' hands and homes.

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