Ride the Lightning

Cybersecurity and Future of Law Practice Blog
by Sharon D. Nelson Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

IoT Devices Put You at Risk. But You Don’t Seem to Care.

August 12, 2021

NordVPN has published a report (full report may be downloaded from the link) with some interesting findings about how we do (or don’t) secure our Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

We live in a time when nearly 90% of people have at least one IoT device. The younger you are, the more likely you are to have multiple devices. Unsurprisingly, the number of IoT devices goes up with income, particularly with devices that provide home security, heating and lighting.

63.7% of people have wireless routers and 57.1% have Internet-connected TVs. Less than 50% have other kinds of IoT devices.

Curiously, most people believe that the ultimate responsibility for protecting the security of IoT lies with them rather than the manufacturer. Yet approximately 25% of people take no measures to protect their smart devices. Perhaps, as the report suggests, believing that disaster only befalls others?

IoT spending is expected to reach over $1 trillion by 2023. AS these devices proliferate, they will almost certainly bring more vulnerabilities for cybercriminals to exploit. Mind you, we hope that manufacturers will make more secure devices, perhaps compelled to do so by government regulation.

In the meantime, everyone should evaluate the security of their IoT devices and seek to batten down the hatches to the extent possible.

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Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., PresidentSensei Enterprises, Inc.
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Digital Forensics/Cybersecurity/Information Technology