Saturday, 21 September 2019

Smart but vulnerable IoT devices present an opportunity for home broadband providers

A knowledge network article by F-Secure
Monday 08 April 19

Internet-connected “things” are lacking in basic security protections, putting consumers at risk. Home broadband providers are in a unique position to protect their customers’ connected devices through value-added security solutions. As the Internet of Things continues its advancement, our world is becoming smarter and smarter. Consumer televisions and security cameras are already connected to the internet. Adoption of connected thermostats, lights, security systems and voice assistants is growing fast, particularly in North America. Soon homes will have connected washing machines and toasters as well.  According to a 2018 PwC survey, ownership of smart devices in UK homes more than doubled in the previous two years. And according to a study from Parks Associates, more than 50% of US households with broadband plan to buy a smart home device in the coming year. A survey from Metova revealed that 74% of respondents think connected home devices are the wave of the future. No one is more aware of this trend than Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at leading cyber security provider F-Secure. Hyppönen has been fighting computer viruses and defending cyber space since his tenure at F-Secure began in 1991, before most people even knew about the internet. The advent of connected “things” has opened up a new frontier of cyberspace in need of guardians like him to protect it. “Everything is becoming a computer…

Internet-connected “things” are lacking in basic security protections, putting consumers at risk. Home broadband providers are in a unique position to protect their customers’ connected devices through value-added security solutions. As the Internet of Things continues its advancement, our world is becoming smarter and smarter. Consumer televisions and security cameras are already connected to the internet. Adoption of connected thermostats, lights, security systems and voice assistants is growing fast, particularly in North America. Soon homes will have connected washing machines and toasters as well.  According to a 2018 PwC survey, ownership of smart devices in UK homes more than doubled in the previous two years. And according to a study from Parks Associates, more than 50% of US households with broadband plan to buy a smart home device in the coming year. A survey from Metova revealed that 74% of respondents think connected home devices are the wave of the future. No one is more aware of this trend than Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at leading cyber security provider F-Secure. Hyppönen has been fighting computer viruses and defending cyber space since his tenure at F-Secure began in 1991, before most people even knew about the internet. The advent of connected “things” has opened up a new frontier of cyberspace in need of guardians like him to protect it. “Everything is becoming a computer…

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