The Internet of Things (IoT) describes an interconnected system of standalone devices, which communicate and transfer data within the existing internet infrastructure, providing greater insight and control over elements in our increasingly connected lives. With an estimated 30 billion connected devices to be deployed across the globe by 2020, the promise of a global Internet of Things is fast approaching, posing a whole new level of threats to connected organizations. To a potential attacker, a device presents an interesting target for several reasons. First, many of the devices will have an inherent value by the simple nature of their function. A connected security camera, for example, could provide valuable information about the security posture of a given location when compromised. Hackers are already using IoT devices for their malicious purposes in multiple types of attacks on networks and servers. DSL, DDoS and bot attacks in 2016 have proven that there is no shortage of opportunities that hackers are willing to exploit. Portnox explains these common misconceptions.
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