Reality Check: Getting Serious About IoT Security

The Department of Homeland Security is fully justified in urging security standards for the Internet of Things.

“In an effort to curtail a new and disturbing cyberattack trend, the Department of Homeland Security has placed Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers on notice. The recent proclamation clarified how serious the agency is about the issue and how serious it wants corporate decision makers to be. In short, the DHS “Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things” acknowledges the gravity of the current climate and the potential for greater harm by encouraging security to be implemented during the design phase, complete with ongoing updates based on industry best practices.

How this effort could affect upcoming product releases is yet to be seen, but these questions remain: How secure must products be before delivery to consumers? Will the liability of insecure Web devices translate to a burden for consumers unaware of proper security? This uncertainty could cause problems for those who produce or use IoT devices.

This move by the DHS was necessary. The recent Dyn DDoS attack made the susceptibility of these devices clear, and the sheer destructive potential makes the risks impossible to ignore.”

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