Experts: IoT Will Be Hacked Again in 2017

It was nearly two weeks before Halloween and nearly three weeks before Election 2016 when millions were denied access to such popular websites like Twitter, Reddit, The New York Times and PayPal.iot

Some thought it was the Russians attempting to hack the election. Others thought it might be an early seasonal prank, but the event that blocked Internet access for large sections of the country was a Mirai botnet that hacked into connected home devices such as CCTV cameras and DVRs through Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company.

This coordinated attack scared a public already leery of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The National Cyber Security Alliance found that at least 40 percent of American survey respondents expressed no confidence in the safety, security and privacy of connected devices.

The rise of IoT – the world where just about anything can be connected to the Internet – means more personal and business data will be in the Cloud and passed through thousands of devices that have vulnerabilities.

Right now, more things are connected to the Internet than people and that number is expected to rise to 50 billion by 2020 and studies have shown that up to 70 percent of IoT devices contain serious exploitable vulnerabilities, but the cybersecurity industry has warned that designers have not kept up with the protections of their innovations.

IT security experts say innovators need to leverage best security practices, such as hardening systems and using secure protocols during the design process because security warnings about cyber threats to the IoT go ignored by users who aren’t knowledgeable about the technical aspects of their devices, aren’t aware of the vulnerabilities or simply don’t care.

So what can we look for in 2017?

  1. IoT will continue to be widely distributed across the Cloud and will be boosted by Artificial Intelligence and machine-learning services.
  2. Vendors will continue offering a wide variety of wireless technology to support IoT.
  3. Hackers will continue to exploit IoT devices to promulgate DDoS attacks.
  4. There will be another large-scale attack.
  5. Industry-specific certifications will be added to the IoT landscape.
  6. Security solutions will be introduced specifically for IoT.

No matter how much IoT grows over the course of the next year, you can expect security concerns to dominate the IoT conversation.

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