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How Secure is your Smart Gadget? Should you be worried about IoT Security?

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Cybersecurity is a huge concern for businesses around the world, but large organizations are not the only ones who should be examining the safety of their data. There are hundreds of millions of smart gadgets out there with questionable security. Do you really know who is watching you through your devices? IoT Security needs to recognised for the threat it represents.

The Internet Society wants to know your thoughts on IoT security, on the lack of safeguards to your privacy and security, and, consumers thinking that cheaper is better. Take the Internet Society’s short survey here: http://bit.ly/ISOCIoTSecurity and let your voice be heard.

The Internet Society, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet has been conducting an annual study for the past five years on the attitudes of Internet stakeholders in Asia-Pacific towards topical Internet policy concerns.

This year’s survey wants to shed light on the increased uptake of insecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices amongst consumers and the issues that IoT security bring to the world.

According to one estimate, IoT is projected to grow to 38.5 billion connected devices in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015. This provides tremendous opportunities for a connected future – from tracking our fitness levels and sleeping patterns, to scheduling lights and setting thermostats for better power efficiency.

However, many of today’s IoT devices are rushed to market with little consideration for basic security and privacy protections. If left unsecured, these devices can be manipulated to form networks of connected, externally controlled devices (botnets), which can be used to attack infrastructure, online businesses — including consumers like you and I. We need to be considering IoT security a lot earlier.

In 2016, the ‘Mirai Botnet’ took advantage of unsecure IoT devices to amass an unprecedented flood of network-clogging traffic against targeted websites. The incident, deemed the largest attack of its kind in history, brought down sites including Twitter, the Guardian, Netflix, Reddit, CNN in Europe and US.

In 2017, CloudPet users had their information breached, exposing a database of 2.2 million files, including voice recordings between parents and their children, to strangers online. This was made possible due to poor internet security in their products.

Our safety, privacy and security as consumers are at risk. Unknowingly, we can be spied on via insecure webcams, have our data comprised, or have our smart devices hacked. Moreover, our actions or lack thereof can have a significant impact on other Internet users and services, and on the Internet itself. Let’s make sure we build a smart and secure future, starting now.

Source PR Newswire

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Kirstie Magowan

Kirstie Magowan is the managing editor of IT Chronicles. Kirstie is an experienced journalist and publisher who has been working in the IT Service Management industry since 1999. Kirstie is a regular speaker at industry conferences globally.