As consumer IoT devices continue to proliferate, a large part of the domestic population is at risk of having their home network security compromised if steps are not taken to secure their IoT devices. Vulnerable connected devices can also expose sensitive data that is collected—from health information to personally identifiable information (PII).
Dellfer for Consumer IoT
Dellfer takes a unique approach to protecting IoT devices, such as smartwatches, electronics, television systems, virtual reality, and health tracking devices. Conceptually, it is simple. Dellfer essentially takes a fingerprint of the software used to run an IoT device, then sets up detection mechanisms that trigger defenses if any changes appear. For instance, if malware is injected into the software, Dellfer detects it and quarantines it. Or, if the software is altered to behave differently, Dellfer identifies the source of the issue and neutralizes it.
Consumer IoT Threats
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Report on International IoT Cybersecurity Standardization:
“Without adequate cybersecurity safeguards, even inexpensive, consumer IoT components with limited functionalities may be exploited to threaten confidentiality, integrity, availability of consumer data and services, consumer privacy and safety, and other systems on the Internet.”
Issues with Consumer IoT Security
According to Einaras von Gravrock from the Forbes Business Council:
“The largest issue in IoT security is that many consumer IoT devices are manufactured without some basic security considerations. There are too few incentives and not enough pressure from consumers to create devices that are secure by design.”
Risks for Consumer IoT
- Security researchers at Kaspersky say there were 1.5 billion attacks against IoT devices during the first half of 2021.
- IoT products in the home can be exposed to more than 12,000 hacking attempts in a single week.
- Over 50% of connected devices in a typical hospital have critical risks.
- More than 1.5 billion attacks have occurred against IoT devices in the first six months of 2021.