Convenience Gadgets – Design, Functionality then Security
The first half of this year has been marked with a rampant increase on all those little gadget devices known by the acronym, IoT. These are any small device or controller that is network connected. Cybercriminals have found this a lucrative platform for launching over 105 million attacks. These devices should be segmented to their own section of the network so that information or data on other areas of the network cannot be accessed if they are attacked. The primary attack method is that these hackers use is through unpatched vulnerabilities. Many of these devices were designed and broght to market rapidly and a design first functionality second and security a distant memory. Some are unable to receive patches. Additionally, these cybercriminals are not the run of the mill hacker but highly trained nation-state cyber operatives.