You can't go anywhere these days without encountering Internet-connected devices, part of the Internet of Things. This includes mobile devices and Internet-connected items such as printers and televisions, but also more newfangled items. Thermostats connected to smartphones. Amazon's Echo and Dash. Smart glasses, which are gaining in the market despite the failure of Google Glass. And, of course, smartwatches.
All these things are lots of fun. Some are useful for work. But many are not secure enough to trust with access to your company's network or data.
Since 2009, there has been a greater number of things connected to the Internet than the number of people using them. Think for a moment about how many Internet-connected devices you yourself have and it's easy to see why. (I myself have a desktop, a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet, an Echo, a Roku, a Chromecast, a smartwatch, a GPS, and an RFID device on my car that automatically bills me for tolls.) By 2020, the number of Internet-connected objects should top 50 billion.
Will all these devices be secure? Not likely, according to password and data manager Keeper Security. "IoT devices are built quickly to get first to market, and are made for convenience rather than security," the company notes in a brand-new infographic charting the Internet of Things' rise, as well as its security vulnerabilities.
For instance, did you know that in 2011, researchers found a bug that allowed HP printers to be hacked from afar to spy on users, or even overheat and start a fire? Or that HP researchers have found about 25 security risks per Internet-connected device?
Some of the infographic may be scary, but it also offers some practical advice for using the Internet of Things more safely-read on!