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Has the Internet of Things Outpaced Network Security?

Has the Internet of Things Outpaced Network Security?

The Internet of Things is constantly changing and evolving, but this also means that it might be growing a bit too fast for its own good. So many devices these days have connectivity that it’s difficult to keep your business secure from them. We’ll discuss whether or not the Internet of Things is outpacing the efforts of security organizations and businesses, as well as what you can do to make sure that your business doesn’t fall victim to it.

It’s not unheard of for Internet of Things devices to cause security concerns--particularly in the wake of devastating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks orchestrated through the use of countless hacked devices. We can use the relatively recent DDoS attack on Dyn, a well-known domain name provider, as a prime example of this. The devices used to initiate this attack were infected with a malware variant called “Mirai,” and it created a massive botnet that was used to bring down the websites of some of the biggest technology companies out there--specifically, those who relied on Dyn’s services in order to be active.

The basic idea behind the fear (and now reality) mobile device botnet is that millions of devices will create an infected network that can bring about a massive attack. This attack can target something with a ridiculous amount of traffic that can bring down naught but the mightiest networks. The Mirai botnet itself targeted devices by using their default passwords. Many users don’t change the default passwords, making this a viable tactic.

When you think about it, this development isn’t nearly as far-fetched as it might seem. When so many devices are being used in a connected fashion, it’s only natural that some either won’t be properly secured, or will be infected with malware that can do the bidding of external threats. There is a direct correlation between the increase in connected devices and the number of potential threats out there. The most unnerving part of the Internet of Things and security shortcomings is the fact that so many devices are connected--many of which were never connected before, including automobiles, home appliances, and so much more. How can you protect your business with such a crushing force waiting to be launched at any moment?

It all starts by implementing basic security best practices. If you have any mobile or connected devices in your office, it’s best that you change the password (definitely don’t leave it at the default password). Furthermore, any devices on your network should be comprehensively protected by a mobile device management solution that’s designed to protect any devices that have access to company data.

To learn more, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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Cybersecurity Requires Flexibility to Changes

Cybersecurity Requires Flexibility to Changes

Security is always changing due to the volatility of online threats and vulnerabilities. Things have changed so much over the past decade that solutions that worked back then are so outdated that they put your business at risk today. This brings into question what you should expect in the years to come. What are some of the threats that your business can expect to face in the future?


For reference, this information is from a study performed by Cisco. The study references the findings of 3,600 data security professionals from organizations such as Talos and others from all over the world.

Malware Has Grown More Autonomous
Early types of malware relied heavily on the user actually clicking on a link or downloading an attachment to install itself on their computer. Nowadays, malware doesn’t take the risk that the victim will know better than to click on a link or download something bad. Instead, a ransomware might be more network-based, meaning that all it takes is a simple mistake to spread to your entire infrastructure. Cisco suspects that this type of threat could potentially grow so widespread that it could take over the Internet.

Ransomware Is About More Than Just Money
Ransomware used to be all about making money and disrupting operations. It was a way to make money to fund further hacking attacks against even more victims. People would pay up because they were too scared to imagine losing their data. Trends are showing that hackers are increasingly more interested not in the financial side of ransomware, but with the destruction of businesses. Ransomware is being actively used by criminals to put an end to any business unfortunate enough to be hit by it.

Threats Are Avoiding Detection More Effectively
Ultimately, any online threat’s level of danger is equivalent to how easy it is to hide. The easier it hides, the more dangerous it can be. Ransomware can now hide in encrypted traffic to make itself much harder to detect. It can even use cloud-based applications and services to implement a command and control attack, all hidden within normal traffic.

Watch Out for Internet of Things Devices
The Internet of Things--a large collection of connected devices that all perform various functions--has grown at a considerable rate. Since Internet of Things devices are difficult to patch properly, they can provide backdoor access to an infrastructure. Since many IoT endpoints aren’t secured properly, your company network could potentially be opened up to all kinds of threats.

Security changes every day, but the one thing that never changes is that Infradapt can help your business secure its infrastructure. To learn more, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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Three Give-Aways that Your Security Approach Needs a Change

Three Give-Aways that Your Security Approach Needs a Change

It only makes sense that you would want only the best security for your organization. It’s natural to want to eliminate risk entirely. However, this simply is not a realistic viewpoint to take where your security is concerned, and it can even contribute to greater security issues as a company holds out for the best solution.

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Ransomware Presents Big Risks

Ransomware Presents Big Risks

The business world has been presented a lot of threats recently, and perhaps one of the most notable is ransomware. The reason it has become so notorious is because it’s incredibly difficult to remove from a system; and, the way that it spreads is constantly changing and adapting to further its influence. How can your business prepare against such a volatile threat? It all starts by remaining mindful of how ransomware spreads.

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The IoT Can Be Very Useful, but Also Risky

The IoT Can Be Very Useful, but Also Risky

You might be surprised to hear how the scope of the Internet of Things has increased over the past few years. These connected devices are all over the place. In order to ensure that your business isn’t affected in a negative way by these IoT devices, you’ll need to consider the many risks and how you will respond to them.

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