Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats

As we are increasingly dependent on technology that is connected to manage our homes and businesses, cybersecurity has become the top priority for many users. But the type of threats that IoT devices face differs from those that are encountered on traditional computers. They require an entirely new set of methods and tools to defend against them.

With a variety of IoT device types available each with its own operating systems software and features so it’s no surprise that malware attacks targeting these kinds of devices are increasing. Lack of standard software can also make it difficult to create security tools for multiple devices.

In 2016, threat actors created one of the biggest botnets in history with a simple hack on IoT devices. This weakened a portion of the Internet and rendered websites like The New York Times’s site, Brian Krebs’s site and French web host OVH impossible to access for hours. The attackers looked through the Internet to discover default usernames and passwords for IoT devices. They then gathered a horde of these users to launch the DDoS attacks.

IoT and antiviruses play a vital role in defending against these kinds of threats. However, this type security software must increase its vigilance to include a monitoring of the way IoT devices communicate with each other and with the outside world, as well as maintaining strong password security practices Two-factor authentication, up-to-date patching. Combined with other security solutions such as these, they form an effective defense against IoT threats.

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