Growth of IoT Devices Leads to Increased Security Concerns

November 15, 2019

Hikvision HikWire blog article IOT Growth Security Risks

Hikvision Cybersecurity Director Covers IoT Device Vulnerabilities


The article, “Staying safe on the Internet of Things,” highlights increasing security concerns as the use of connected devices grow.

“More so than issues with just one individual type of device, the proliferation of interconnectedness through IoT (Internet of things) means that any vulnerability anywhere could compromise entire systems, resulting in individual personal data at home or masses of sensitive data in business organizations being accessed and exploited at any time,” said the article.

IoT devices encompass Internet-connected devices such as smart light bulbs, IP video cameras, washing machines, and even certain newer model vehicles.

Hikvision’s director of cybersecurity, Chuck Davis, discussed IoT device vulnerabilities in this blog: “Hikvision Cybersecurity Director Discusses Vulnerabilities in IoT Devices.” The blog covers his piece in Enterprise Security magazine, “Attack of the Lightbulbs: How IoT Devices are Used as Internet Weapons.”

“Why is it important to remember that these things are computers? It's important because you need to protect those devices from cyberattack, the same way you protect a computer system. All computers, including all IoT devices, have vulnerabilities. When those vulnerabilities are discovered and vendors release patches, frequently it is the end user who is responsible for installing those patches. If left unpatched, the IoT device is vulnerable to attack,” said Davis, in the Hikvision article.

Read more of his insights at this link.

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