How many things are connected to the Internet? More importantly, how many are secure?

As of 2016 no one can say they know with any degree of accuracy with varying estimates of 10Bn to 20+Bn. This is a drop in the ocean when you consider the forecast. As for security, it is quite surprising the mundane sources of the threat.

The forecast

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What are things?

They are everything from homes, cars, industrial machines in fact anything with a sensor and means to connect to a network.

This presents BIG opportunity for business and is fast overtaking the conversation about cloud computing.

The worry

There are bad guys out there who like to create havoc either for personal gratification or financial gain and sometimes revenge and the Internet of Everything adds to their opportunity to do that.

How is that?

Things such as webcams that are connected to the Internet when delivered from factory are insecure and the reason is they are all programmed with the same passkey. Even if there is an option to reset the passkey all too often it is not. It might have occurred to you that is the case as the remote that comes with your TV has a passcode printed in the user manual and that passcode is not unique. It is the same for set-top boxes and many other devices. Crack the passcode for one, just buy one or look it up using search and you have the passcode, and bingo all devices are open to exploitation.

Sound fanciful? Click here for a DDOS story reported October 2016.

And for the more technically minded another story reported October 2016.

The remedy

And the reason for this blog is that the Computer Security Alliance (CSA) has published a document (october 2016) that is free to download with the purpose ‘to raise the overall security posture of IoT products’. Click here to download.