In light of Interpol’s warning that IoT devices are at particular risk of cyber-attacks, Christian Vezina, CISO at VASCO Data Security commented below.
Christian Vezina, CISO at VASCO Data Security:
“The Internet of Things is set to change the way we live and work but all of that could be easily sabotaged by the lack of adequate security. As things stand, the tools needed for a cyber-attack are easy to find and use. Anyone can go onto the dark web and start using available malware code, not to mention the hacking, malware- and ransomware-as-a-service that can all be hired for next to nothing. There is also the issue of connected devices that have not been adequately encrypted.
With the number of connected devices bound to increase – 20 billion devices by 2020, according to Gartner – the issue of IoT security is one that has to be addressed. Organisations offering connected products need to invest in providing adequate security for the IoT experience. Consumers must also be educated on best practice for securing their devices. Without adequate security and education, consumers will be hesitant to engage with new experience and we risk missing out on the full potential of this revolutionary technology.”