Small, connected devices have quickly grown into a major security threat.
But the number of these devices hitting the market is only growing, leaving plenty of opportunity for hackers.
“Internet-connected devices are being churned out of factories and infected by malware, or malicious code, at an alarming rate. This is largely because IoT devices offer easily accessible bandwidth and CPU at no cost to the attacker, with much less effort to compromise than a modern PC or laptop,” Jose Nazario, director of security research at Fastly, told Forbes. “Once infected, these armies of compromised IoT devices immediately try to enroll new devices, join a botnet, and participate in large-scale DDoS attacks. As non-secure IoT devices amass, cybercriminals will have much greater resources available to launch new attacks more rapidly and at larger scale.”
In many cases, security solutions don’t come to mind until it’s too late.
Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT security, BullGuard, said the company’s latest product is looking to change that. The Dojo by BullGuard IoT device is designed to detect and protect smart home devices from cyber threats.
Dojo also protects against the Mirai Botnet, which is a malware that turns computer systems running Linux into remote controlled bots and targets connected consumer devices and IoT gadgets.
The device can live anywhere in a home and monitors the connections of all smart devices and their networks. If suspicious activity is detected, then Dojo can block network activity or alert the user to cyber threats.