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Hikvision Cybersecurity Director Discusses Vulnerabilities in IoT Devices

June 11, 2019

Hikvision director of cybersecurity Chuck Davis discusses IoT device vulnerabilities in the Enterprise Security magazine article “Attack of the Lightbulbs: How IoT Devices are Used as Internet Weapons.” Smart light bulbs, IP video cameras, and even newer model vehicles are often computers or Internet-connected devices, under the umbrella of IoT (Internet of Things).

“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 article.

Davis recommended that IoT standards be created and followed by software developers since they have the capability of pushing security patches out to these Internet-connected devices. He also discussed the importance of firewalls and network segmentation as tools to reduce risk of cyberattacks.

Read more of his insights at this link.

Hikvision’s blog post “Vulnerabilities that Enable Security Breach” highlights additional ways to mitigate cyber threats.

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