IoT – You just found out that the smart coffee maker in your office break room has been hijacked and has been sending millions of spam emails for months. Worse, your corporate internet router was used by overseas hackers to conduct distributed denial-of service (DDoS) attacks against another company, or against your own government. In both cases, your company wasn’t even the ultimate target of the attacks. Imagine if it was.
Expensive, embarrassing incidents like these are becoming more common and more advanced in the ever-growing internet of things (IoT) and could have serious consequences — especially for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that can ill afford the fallout. The IoT isn’t new, but it has yet to reach its full potential. As 5G networks gradually roll out in major cities over the next year, the number of connected devices is expected to explode. Businesses have already been the earliest adopters of IoT technology, and thus the canaries in the coal mine for the newest cyberattacks. They will likely continue to be on the cutting edge of new connected technologies and the threats that come with them over the next few years.
In my work as an information security researcher, I’ve helped both small businesses and large corporations identify and mitigate serious flaws in their systems, including the types of connected systems that make up the IoT. It’s vital for business leaders to keep an eye on the current threat landscape to understand where their vulnerabilities lie and how they can protect their technology and assets.
This article originally appeared on forbes.com To read the full article, click here.
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