When things attack: Mirai and the Dyn DDoS attack reveal a disturbing future

The October 21 attacks that knocked some of the internet's most-recognized brands offline in the largest recorded distributed denial of service to date reveal how little the world has taken seriously the threat of poorly secured consumer IoT. Will we be ready for what may come next?

The 451 Take

These attacks have only just begun to illustrate the level of exposure the world faces from what so far appears to be largely SMB products made for the Internet of Things. Indeed, this narrow focus says much about the potential scale of risk beyond the cameras and DVRs largely targeted in this case. While virtually everyone weighing in on the discussion agrees that something must be done to head off an even worse scenario, what remedies make the most sense? There are needs at virtually every level of IoT architecture, from the software and functionality built into devices to the networks and platforms that interconnect IoT's many moving parts. The recent attacks illustrate how easily poorly secured IoT can be made a platform for attacking the fundamental underpinnings of the internet that keep the entire digital world functioning. So far, most of the discussion around IoT security has revolved around protecting IoT itself, with considerable investment already having gone into securing industrial IoT, particularly in sectors where safety is a primary concern. The threat that vulnerable IoT poses in and to the larger world has been seriously underserved. The range of solutions proposed – from adopting the analog of building codes for software and hardware to sweeping regulation, and the inevitable arm wrestling each presents – makes it clear that resolving these vulnerabilities will not be easy. What concerns us most is that, as so often happens with security, it will take an incident of serious proportions to bring any real progress to a head. It would be wise for the industry to do what it can to address this before governments take a stab at it.

Read the full analysis by 451 Research analysts here.
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