Australian consumers ‘not ready for IoT’ say security companies

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Australian consumers ‘not ready for IoT’ say security companies

Kaspersky published a report on insights gleaned from a global network of honeypots designed to emulate IoT devices. It said that attacks started arriving within seconds and “over a 24-hour period there were tens of thousands of attempted connections from unique IP addresses.”

The parlous state of IoT device security was put in the spotlight this week in separate communications from security technology companies Kaspersky and Symantec, with Kaspersky’s general manager of ANZ, Anastasia Para Rae, saying Australia is “not ready for the internet of things.”

Kaspersky said it had seen a huge increase in the amount of malware targeting IoT devices. “According to Gartner, there are currently over six billion IoT devices on the planet. Such a huge number of potentially vulnerable gadgets could not possibly go unnoticed by cybercriminals. As of May 2017, Kaspersky Lab’s collections included several thousand different malware samples for IoT devices, about half of which were detected in 2017.”

Meanwhile, at a Symantec briefing in Sydney, Samir Kapuris, senior vice president and general manager of cyber security services with Symantec, said unprotected IoT devices were, on average attacked and owned within two minutes of coming online.

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