Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats

As we become more reliant on connected devices to manage our businesses, homes and daily lives cybersecurity has come to the top of many peoples’ priority lists. The threats IoT devices face are very different from the ones faced by traditional computers and require a whole new set of tools to protect their devices.

It’s not a surprise that malware attacks on IoT devices are increasing. Each type of device has its own operating system software, as well as its own functionality. The absence of standard software can also make it difficult to develop security tools that can be used on multiple devices.

In 2016, threat actors employed an easy hack on IoT devices to launch one of the most massive botnet attacks in history that caused chaos on the Internet and rendering websites such as The New York Times, Brian Krebs’s website and French web host OVH out of service for hours. The attackers scanned the Internet for default usernames and passwords for IoT devices, then assembled an army of them to begin the DDoS attack.

IoT and antiviruses play an crucial role in protecting against these kinds of threats. However, this type of security software should expand its surveillance capabilities to include a review of how IoT devices communicate with each other and with the outside world, while also keeping strong password practices in place two-factor authentication, as well as up-to-date patching. In conjunction with other security options they provide an effective defense against IoT threats.