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Security people generally face two challenges when discussing IoT with anyone. First is defining exactly what "IoT" is. The term seems to mean something different to everyone. For many, "IoT" includes only "consumer-ish" devices that are considered more novelty than necessity. But this couldn't be further from the truth.
"IoT" isn't just Alexas, Juiceros, speaker systems or even just office equipment like webcams and printers. This connectivity is ubiquitous and includes real things that we've been using unwittingly for years: hackable office phones, traffic lights, hospital equipment, ATM machines, cash registers, elevators/escalators, HVAC systems, you name it!
The second challenge is that once the term "IoT" has been defined and the ease with which these devices can be hacked has been demonstrated, it's still tough to succinctly get people "up to speed" on the many historical examples that indicate the trend. Almost every week we see news about some frightening vulnerability in a connected device. This news often leaves readers left to wonder:
So we've simplified it for you, and collected the most relevant data in a single free infographic...
Readers of this news are increasingly allergic to the FUD-style with which it is disseminated and are often too busy to track the trends themselves. So we've simplified it for you, and collected all the most relevant data and security news in a single free infographic for you to download and reference. And we plan to keep it up-to-date.
Here are four take-aways from the infographic:
1. 2017 IoT Malware activity more than doubled 2016 numbers!
2. Industrial IoT reported compromises have exploded since 2002
3. Only 18% of IT & Security professionals are confident they even know what IoT they have!
4. By 2020, 25% of all attacks will use IoT. (Gartner)
Oh, and if you're a technie, we've added this Infographic to GitHub, so that when we update it, you'll have the latest version!