Andréa Sumé

Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats

As we are increasingly dependent on technology that is connected to manage our homes and businesses, cybersecurity is now a top priority for many users. However, the type of threats that IoT devices are facing is vastly different from those found on traditional computers, and require a totally new set of tools and strategies to defend against them.

It’s not surprising that the number of malware attacks on IoT devices are increasing. Each type of device has its own operating system software, functionality, and features. Lack of standard software can make it difficult to develop security tools for multiple devices.

In 2016, threat actors used a basic hack on IoT devices to create one of the most massive botnet attacks ever that shook up the Internet and making websites like The New York Times, Brian Krebs’s site, and French web host OVH inaccessible for hours. The attackers scanned the Internet to discover default usernames and passwords for IoT devices. They then gathered a horde of these users to launch DDoS attacks.

Antiviruses and IoT play a essential role in defending against these types of threats. However, this type security software needs to expand its surveillance capabilities to include a review of the way IoT devices communicate with each other as well as the outside world, as well as maintaining strong password practices Two-factor authentication, up-to-date patching. Combined with other security solutions that are in place, these tools provide an effective defense against IoT threats.

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