Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats

As we become more and more reliant on connected devices to manage our businesses, homes and personal lives cybersecurity has come to the top of many users’ priorities. The threats IoT devices are facing are vastly different than the threats faced by traditional computers and require a different set of tools to safeguard them from harm.

With a myriad of different IoT device types on the market each with its individual operating systems, software and functionality it’s no wonder that malware attacks targeting these kinds of devices are on the rise. The absence of standard software can pose difficulties when creating security tools that work across different devices.

In 2016, hackers used an easy hack on IoT devices to launch one of the largest botnet attacks ever, destabilizing parts of the Internet and rendering websites like The New York Times, Brian Krebs’s site and French web host OVH unavailable for hours. The attackers just scanned the Internet for default usernames and passwords on IoT devices, then amassed an army of them to start the DDoS attack.

IoT and antiviruses play a important role in securing against these kinds of threats. However, this type security software should expand its vigilance to include a monitoring of the way IoT devices communicate with each other and with the outside world, while also maintaining strong password security practices two-factor authentication, and up-to date patching. These measures, when paired with other security solutions to guard against IoT threats, can be an effective security measure.

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