Secure IoT now or Risk Dystopian Future

An F-Secure-sponsored report reveals that the security failings in today’s Internet-connected devices will only become more pervasive unless action is taken

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Internet of Things

In its current form, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a considerable threat to consumers due to inadequate regulations regarding security and privacy, say experts interviewed by the Cyber Security Research Institute for the new report “Internet of Things: Pinning down the IoT” sponsored by F-Secure. Swift action is recommended to avoid a predictable descent into a dystopian future.

With the number of connected devices now likely exceeding the human population of Earth, the IoT is already nearly inescapable. Millions of connected devices have already been compromised to be used a part of the Mirai botnet. Many consumers aren’t aware of inherent risks of their connected devices and that manufacturers often rush products to market without considering basic security requirements and settings.

“This situation could create an even more frightening scenario than the UK tabloid newspapers' ‘phone hacking’ scandal, due to a massive adoption of insecure IoT devices,” the report states.

Even as millions of new connected devices come online every day, consumers are still generally aware that their new “smart” appliances will go online. But the lust for consumer data could change that in the future.

“Eventually, almost every household device will be online, and they will largely be invisible to the end user as a smart device,” Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, F-Secure, says in the report. “They will look like dumb devices, but they will be smart devices though they won’t offer any features to the consumer because the real reason for them to be online will be for them to report home and report analytics to the company that built the device.”

Already it’s difficult to find any model of some devices, such as televisions, that do not connect to the Internet.

The laws of supply and demand have not yet yielded an IoT that’s built for the future. If consumers aren’t demanding security, manufacturers will never prioritize it. But given the extraordinary dependency society is likely to develop on billions of IoT devices, governments may have to step in to demand security requirements.


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