As we are becoming more dependent on connected devices to run our businesses, homes and daily lives, cybersecurity has risen to the top of many users’ priority lists. The threats that IoT devices face are vastly different than the threats faced by traditional computers and require a completely new set of tools to safeguard themselves.

With a myriad of different IoT devices available with their individual operating systems as well as software and functions so it’s no surprise that malware attacks targeting these kinds of devices are increasing. The absence of standard software can pose problems when it comes to creating security tools that are compatible with many devices.

In 2016, hackers used a basic hack on IoT devices to create one of the most massive botnet attacks in the history of the internet and threw off parts of the Internet and rendering websites like The New York Times, Brian Krebs’s website and French web host OVH down for a long time. The attackers simply scanned the Internet for default usernames and passwords on IoT devices, then amassed an army of them to begin the DDoS attack.

When it comes to securing against these kinds of threats, antiviruses and IOT play a crucial role to play. However, this type of security software must expand its vigilance to include monitoring how IoT devices communicate with each other and to the outside world, as well as keeping strong password practices in place Two-factor authentication, up-to-date patching. Combined with other security solutions such as these, they form an effective defense against IoT threats.

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