The Internet of things (IoT) is a catch all phrase that can inclusively bring in some long standing devices that were the realm of air gapped, standalone process control networks servicing manufacturing operational units of many household name companies. Chemical, Oil, Air and other Gas products, most any automation manufacturing environments. Utility services such as Electrical and natural gas generation and delivery systems; Transportation via rail, airplane, ocean going ships, Communications, Telephone and power grid. The list goes on. These systems provide foundational infrastructure to modern life styles across the country and world. These networks have been active and operational for decades in most cases.
This is the first in a series of Blogs CNI will deliver that will highlight the security risks and how the customer can implement solutions to defend against these IoT threat vectors as both a source generating attacks and conversely the target of terrorists efforts to disrupt or bring down these critical IoT networks.
How hackers will exploit the Internet of Things in 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is now a major force in the weaponization of DDoS. In 2016, IoT botnets have fueled a number of attacks, including the largest-ever DDoS attack, and that role will only grow in the coming years. The tools to carry out these attacks are freely available to the public, and the IoT is expected to be 20 billion devices strong by 2020, so expect more frequent and disruptive attacks from a wider range of bad actors from now on.