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IoT needs security like a car needs wheels

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing industry. A peek in the shops reveals just how popular home IoT devices are becoming, whether smart lightbulbs and thermostats, baby cams and burglar alarm systems, speakers and sockets, home hubs and gulp… door locks.

Talking homes

Smart home automation is the new buzzword in the construction industry and incorporating automation into home designs are now coming out of the blueprint stages with an eye to attracting new home buyers.

Winking cars

Smart devices are also becoming as common in vehicles… as seats. Manufacturers are connecting their cars to the internet either through a built-in antenna and chipset or hardware that allows drivers to connect to their cars via their smartphones. App integration is also taking over with Google Maps and other navigation tools beginning to replace built-in GPS systems.

No doubt about it

The smart revolution is happening, and in a big way. But more devices mean more personal information stored in the cloud.

And more data in the cloud gives hackers more opportunities to access personal information, home Wi-Fi networks and devices.

And of course their motivations aren’t benign. They’re looking for passwords, banking information, files and photos and it won’t be long before we start seeing homes held for ransom by hackers thousands of miles away remotely taking over smart devices.

Centre stage, not back seat

We’re clearly now at the point where security needs to be absolutely at the centre of IoT.
Internetofmorethings.com has summarised the importance of IoT security by pulling together some compelling facts:
  • There are more than 3.6 billion internet users in the world. This represents nearly half of the world’s population
  • Smart devices connect to the internet every day but by 2021 there will be more than 28 billion ‘things’ connected to the internet - 16 billion of these will be related to IoT
  • The average number of connected devices owned by each person is 3.64
  • Mobile devices are currently the largest category of connected devices but in 2018 this likely to be surpassed by IoT devices
  • In the world of business by 2020 an estimated 25 percent of identified attacks will involve IoT
  • More than 1.5 million fraudulent login attempts are deflected by Microsoft each day

These figures lay out the scale of IoT and what we can expect in terms of attacks on smart connected devices.

And without security the consequences are not going to be pretty.

Yet security is often an overlooked feature of smart devices, often tossed dismissively on the back seat in the rush for commercial gain.

But as the figures above perfectly illustrate it needs to be urgently addressed.

The champion

As a consumer security champion it behoves BullGuard to look after the needs of our customers.
This is why we’ve developed Dojo by BullGuard.

We won’t blind you with advanced science except to say that Dojo is truly a leading-edge product that protects the home Wi-Fi network and all the devices connected to it.

It’s like a guard dog, monitoring the home Wi-Fi network and each and every device for signs of intrusion.
If it detects something amiss it sends an immediate notification to a smartphone app, allowing you to take appropriate action.

If it detects an attack it snuffs it out immediately.

And if it identifies an attack on another home Wi-Fi network thousands of miles away it takes this ‘attack’ information and applies it to all Dojos, firmly closing the door on hackers, thwarting their tricks.

Dojo is, to put it simply, smarter than smart attacks.
Filed under: IoT

Written by Steve Bell

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies producing content producing. He has a particular focus on IT security and has produced several magazines in this area.

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