IoT Security Risks Run Deeper Than the Device
Focusing exclusively on how to prevent exploits of an IoT device misses the bigger security picture

Thanks to the wide publicity of the recent Mirai botnet DDoS attack on Dyn, the security of IoT devices should be top of mind for every Chief Information Security Officer.

That’s a good thing, because as research has shown, the prevalence of just a few kinds of operating systems on these gadgets makes them surprisingly easy for desktop hackers to compromise.

But there’s a far greater risk at play with widespread IoT adoption: Attacks on the centralized IoT command and control infrastructure.

“Why stop a single truck,” asks Forrester Research’s Jeff Pollard, “when you can alter logistics data in a competitor’s supply chain to disrupt planned shipping schedules?”

Pollard also notes the risk associated with IoT devices that fail to receive needed firmware updates, saying “The lifetime of IoT devices is long. If the vendor only maintains it for a year or two, you are left on your own for the rest of the device’s life.”

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