IoT security: Where do we go from here? ZDNet


When discussing the problem of Internet of Things security, some are quick to place the blame on the users. Consumers, they say, don't know enough about the connected devices they're installing in their homes and workplaces; they don't understand that these need updating like computers and smartphones, and forget that the kettle or fridge is online and needs to receive patches and updates just like any other gadget. And it is true, governments around the world are attempting to tackle this challenge of consumer awareness when it comes to IoT security, increasingly directing campaigns and advice towards end users. But the buck certainly doesn't stop with everyday IoT device users: device manufacturers, retailers and industry all have significant roles to play in securing the IoT -- and if they don't take responsibility, it could result in the internet becoming much more dangerous as attackers look to take advantage of insecure devices to commit cyber crimes ranging from DDoS attacks to cyber espionage. Part of the IoT problem is that companies with little experience of producing connected devices are now keen to jump on the bandwagon.

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