A US SECURITY FIRM has warned that Internet of Things (IoT) devices have serious failings when it comes to security.
They are vulnerable because they connect to things, and anything that can be connected can also be interrupted and interfered with.
The one in 10 number comes from a panel of senior security professionals interviewed by IOActive about the rise of the IoT. These people are concerned that security is lacking in everything from wearables to household appliances.
Half of respondents believe that under 10 per cent of IoT products offer adequate ass coverage, while a staggering 85 per cent believe that less than half of products are secure.
Around two thirds felt that the security was probably better than you get on other products, but we don't care about them right now.
"Consensus is that more needs to be done to improve the security of all products, but the exponential rate at which IoT products are coming to market, compounded by the expansive risk network created by their often open connectivity, makes IoT security a particular concern and priority," said Jennifer Steffens, chief executive of IOActive.
"According to Gartner, 21 billion connected things will be in use by 2020. It's important for the companies that develop these products to ensure security is built in. Otherwise hackers are provided with opportunities to break into not only the products, but potentially other systems and devices they're connected to."
The problem is that security is not considered early enough in the design process so it has to be dealt with later, or presumably not at all. Steffens explained that a security stitch in time saves nine.
"Companies often rush development to get products to market in order to gain competitive edge, and then try to engineer security in after the fact," she said.
"This ultimately drives up costs and creates more risk than including security at the start of the development lifecycle." µ
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