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Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats

As we become more dependent on connected devices to manage our businesses, homes and daily lives security has been pushed to the top of many users’ priorities. But the type of threats that IoT devices are facing is quite different from the ones that are encountered on traditional computers. They require a new set of tools and strategies to guard against them.

With a myriad of IoT devices available with their own operating systems and software so it’s no surprise that malware attacks targeting these types of devices are on the rise. A lack of standard software could make it difficult to create security tools for multiple devices.

In 2016 threat actors launched one of the largest botnets ever created by using a simple hack on IoT devices. The attack weakened parts of the Internet, and made websites like The New York Times’s website, Brian Krebs’s website, and French web host OVH unreachable for hours. The attackers went through the Internet to discover default usernames and passwords for IoT devices. They then gathered a horde of these users to launch DDoS attacks.

IoT and antiviruses play an crucial role in protecting against these kinds of threats. This kind of security software, however, should be more vigilant to observe how IoT devices communicate with each other and with the outside world. It should also be able to maintain strict password guidelines, 2-factor authentication, and up-to date patching. Combined with other security solutions they provide an effective defense against IoT threats.


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