Cyber-attacks will increase with the growth of the Internet of Things

Tuesday 14th, February 2017 / 09:00 Written by
Cyber-attacks will increase with the growth of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, which in year 2020 will have between 20,000 and 30,000 connected appliances, sensors, watches, webcams or routers, will enable more cyber-attacks, this is why experts recommend doing a risk analysis to reduce intrusions by 75%.

On the occasion of the Safe Internet Day celebration, the IT Security director of the Technology Centre of Catalonia, Gonzalo Asensio, pointed out that the analysis of vulnerability of devices using the Internet of things and the incorporation of elements that reinforce its security would reduce the impact of cyber-attacks by 75%.

Companies must be “very clear about the concept of security from the beginning, when designing their products and services”, applying “good practices and security recommendations”, carrying out security audits “at all levels” and encrypting their communications, according to Asensio.

The main threats are Ransomware, which consists of the infection of devices with the aim of encrypting data from folders and documents requesting money in exchange for recovering that information, and DDoS attacks, which seek to collapse the web, the infrastructure and the communications of the companies to cause a fall of the systems.

The origins of the threats are mainly web channels or the email, in which through a URL “the user is deceived to visit that web thinking it is legitimate”, said Asensio.

In his opinion, “companies should be more aware of the harm that cybercriminals can do and invest in security in a preventative way, before being harmed”.

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