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4 Ways to Secure the Internet of Things

As OEMs crank out new products that connect to the Internet, consumers and businesses are jumping on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon in droves. Along with fun and convenient capabilities, these new offerings are creating a higher level of concern about security than ever before.

“As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain traction and more connected devices come to market, security becomes a major concern,” said a survey titled The Internet of Things: Security Research Study published by Veracode. “Businesses are increasingly being breached by attackers via vulnerable web-facing assets; what is there to keep the same from happening to consumers? The short answer is nothing.”

Each new type of device that connects to the Web creates a new potential attack vector for hackers, and with the proliferation of new types of devices, the concern for security increases exponentially. Hewlett Packard's Internet of Things State of the Union Study, released last month, revealed that 70% of the most commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) devices contain serious vulnerabilities. On average, devices had 25 vulnerabilities each, the study found.  The problems proved to be both broad and deep including:

  • Privacy concerns
  • Insufficient authorization
  • Lack of transport encryption
  • Insecure web interface
  • Inadequate software protection 

To make inroads in security, OEMs and software makers need to join forces with users to do what they can to enhance security. The infographic below, created by Avnet, offers four proactive things IoT users can do to reduce the risk of identity and data theft through a connected device. Take a look and let us know what tips you would add.

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

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