This Dangerous IoT: Business Threats and Solutions


Network technologies have made the world very small, in the sense that they allowed people who are thousands of kilometers apart to communicate in real time. But network technologies and devices can also be dangerous when it comes to cyber espionage. Previously, Zyxel’s blog had already published articles stating that hacking network equipment could result in losses of tens or hundreds of US dollars . Of particular danger are botnets that infect poorly protected network devices.

Another issue is IoT in business and industry. According to experts, the number of devices of all types connected to the network will increase to 25-50 billion by 2020 , and will reach 75 billion in 2025 . The business is actively using IoT, by 2022 the cost of this area reached $ 1 trillion . But in the pursuit of functionality, manufacturers and consumers forget about cybersecurity.

How real is the danger?

If someone had created an IoT danger indicator, then this device would have long roared a siren and blinked red. A couple of years ago, Kaspersky Lab set up IoT traps (Honeypot) that mimic various gadgets running Linux . Just a few seconds after activating Honeypot, they began to register the first attempts to connect to an open Telnet port. During the day, the number of unique calls to "traps" reached several tens of thousands.

After analyzing the devices that were looking for open connections, it turned out that there were a lot of industrial systems among them, which, in fact, should be well protected and “behind seven seals”. It is, first of all, about hacked monitoring systems or device management in the field of industry and security. Here, the whole spectrum - from the cash registers of shops, restaurants and gas stations to digital television broadcasting systems, environmental monitoring, security and access control, power management, as well as programmable controllers used in industry. There was even a monitoring system for a seismic station in Bangkok.

Experts at another company, Positive Technologies, found that smart power grids are extremely vulnerable to hacking .


You must understand that these are superficial studies that open the tip of the iceberg. Had they dug deeper, other surprises would probably have been discovered.

What is the cause of the problem?

As for household devices, Habr already wrote about this. In the corporate world, things are a little more complicated. The reasons are as follows:

So what to do?


There are many offers, but most of them can be reduced to this form:

In general, the situation is unlikely to change until the main consumers of IoT solutions for business — that is, companies and corporations of different levels — want to change it. As soon as increased demands are placed on IoT devices, the market situation will change.

Perhaps you have examples of problematic situations with IoT in the company / in the workplace? Tell us about it in the comments. And if possible, show how the problem was solved.


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