Over the past decade we’ve seen an increase in consumer grade IoT devices, but the security of those devices hasn’t always kept pace with the realities of the cyber threats targeting what is arguably an unmanaged computing device. These cyber threats are made more concerning when the expected lifespan of the device is factored in. After all, dishwashers, thermostats and doorbells aren’t devices like smartphones where there is social pressure to have the latest version.
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From a security perspective, we also tend to look at IoT in the wrong way. With every new device, we assume the technology will be vulnerable with a very high risk of compromise. The reality is that most IoT devices have a very low risk individually, but their functionality is what leaves them susceptible.
According to Verizon's 2019 Mobile Security Index report, two-thirds of organizations said they are less confident about the security of their mobile assets than other devices. Many of these breaches occur due to vulnerable devices, servers and applications that allow bad actors to gain access. Security breaches and the threat of compromise are a serious issue for organizations of all sizes.