Even the FBI is worried about Internet of Things security

Amidst all the excitement about the possible benefits of the Internet of Things, a slew of warnings have been sounded by IT pros, vendors and analysts about looming security threats.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.networkworld.com

The FBI cites “deficient security capabilities and difficulties for patching vulnerabilities in these devices, as well as a lack of consumer security awareness,” with giving cybercrooks an opening to plot attack and steal information.  The Universal Plug and Play protocol (UPnP) is particularly vulnerable, as are devices with default passwords and open Wi-Fi connections.   FBI recommendations for protection include:

  • Isolating IoT devices on their own protected networks;
  • Disabling UPnP on routers;
  • Considering whether IoT devices are ideal for their intended purpose;
  • Purchasing IoT devices from manufacturers with a track record of providing secure devices;
  • When available, updating IoT devices with security patches;
  • Being aware of the capabilities of the devices and appliances installed in your homes and businesses.
  • Using strong passwords.

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