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Weaponizing the IoT: Is It a Nuke, or a Pop Gun?

24/01/2017   |    News  |     Comments (0)

Weaponizing the IoT: Is It a Nuke, or a Pop Gun?

We like our gadgets. We just don’t like them turning on us. In the year ahead, the IoT could cause significant – but preventable – distress for businesses and individuals. As the IoT worms its way into households and industries, the 46-billion-unit question is, who’s minding the store? Is this a year of living dangerously or will users finally take charge? The defining trend for 2017 may well be the weaponization of the IoT. Indeed, 2017 looms as a pivotal time for peril from the seemingly benign things we own and, in some cases, love. A smart city or a smart TV can be terrific. But there are now legions of unwitting connected-device accomplices around the world. Think about it: you now need a firewall to protect your smart fridge. Is the local loop protecting others before an attack hits, or even capable of doing so? The Insecurity of Things Meanwhile, the cash registers are ringing. Juniper Research’s December 2016 forecast estimates that the number of connected IoT devices, sensors and actuators will exceed 46 billion by 2021 – a 200 percent increase from 2016. Read full story

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