Be Prepared for Next IoT Cyber Attack

The recent cyber-attack that used hacked home based IoT devices for massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against major US web sites, clearly demonstrates the security threats of IoT edge devices and networks. DDoS is a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. This attack emphasizes the immediate need for cyber security solutions to protect the vulnerable IoT edge network against hacking attempts, privacy breaches as well as malicious activities.

Perytons, a major software security company has developed Perytons Eye-O-T, a cyber-security and visibility solution specifically for monitoring IoT networks, identifying vulnerabilities and detecting penetration attempts and cyber-attacks and also preparing for the 5G seamless transmission security connection.

With more and more vendors and service providers introducing new exciting products and services to IoT vertical markets such as Home Automation, Smart Energy, Smart Buildings and more, there is an increasing awareness to the potential vulnerability of devices and solutions. Hackers might take control over Smart Building heating and lighting systems, break into one’s Smart Home by wirelessly disabling its alarm or by opening the door lock with their laptop, interfere with Industrial manufacturing company’s production lines or modify Smart Energy billing information.

Most wireless protocols used in these applications define security directives and implement various layers of authentication and encryption. However, the need for acceptable user experience, simple devices (usually with no user interface) as well as the very large number and variety of vendors, can introduce security vulnerabilities.

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