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Internet of Things security woes: Can smarter consumers save the IoT from disaster?

  • That can lead to problems, however, because many IoT manufacturers ship products with minimal — if any — built-in security, as they rush to release items into a growing market.
  • Professor Chris Hankin, director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and professor of computing science at Imperial College London, shares the idea that education is key to improving security around the IoT.
  • Companies producing internet-connected items should have developers trained well enough to build products which don’t contain known issues, but it’s important that consumers become aware enough about IoT devices so as not to even buy insecure devices, instead opting for those with good security.
  • The theory is that security will become another tick on the checkbox of buying an item – people wouldn’t buy a kitchen appliance if it was a known fire risk – and many in the security industry think good cyber security should be on the ‘must have’ list when considering…
  • “I’m optimistic the situation will improve and I think education is the heart of the answer,” he said.You wouldn’t buy a kitchen appliance if it was a fire hazard, so why buy an IoT one if it’s a security risk?

If consumers become aware of the risks of insecure IoT devices, they could prevent cyberattacks.

The reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, with an increasing number of workplace and household devices now featuring embedded internet connectivity.

Televisions, kitchen appliances, toothbrushes, children’s toys, and more are shipped with internet connectivity, whether that’s to improve the device, or to simply provide the manufacturers with more data. In may cases, users may not even know that the product is even connected to the internet.

That can lead to problems, however, because many IoT manufacturers ship products with minimal — if any — built-in security, as they rush to release items into a growing market.

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Time and again, these devices have been maliciously exploited by cyberattackers to launch DDoS large-scale attacks, expose personal data, or as an entry-point for hacking into the wider network.

Industry bodies and governments are attempting to determine rules and regulations in order to ensure the security of devices, but there’s an important factor which must be taken into account in…

Internet of Things security woes: Can smarter consumers save the IoT from disaster?