There are so many devices in our lives which have become internet aware in the last few years.

In the home, devices such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners, fridges, baby monitors all now offer remote control via an app, and can update themselves to the latest version of firmware. 

In offices, escalators, lifts, air-conditioning units and CCTV all function via central management. 

On the street, signage, car charging points and lighting are all controlled centrally. 

Whilst such functionality is incredibly convenient, it also comes with risks. 

The problem is, that as these devices all become internet aware, they also become targets for cyber attack, and for the developers  of such devices, security is a big concern. 

 

Why should I worry about cyber attack on "dumb" device like a vacuum cleaner?

 

You may not be too worried about the firmware on your vacuum cleaner, it's certainly an annoyance if it stops working, but this is really the least of our worries with device security.

We're already hearing stories in the press of baby monitors being taken over by hackers so that outsiders are able to view children in their cribs, there have been stories of devices recording conversations or taking unauthorised video, vacuum cleaners able to do much more than just clean the floor!

The bigger risk, however, is that they also present an unprotected gateway into the networks they utulise, with the potential to become a rogue device and feed data from other, more critical systems into the hands of outsiders. 

The number of reported breaches of such devices are set to explode over the next couple of years, and product developers need to be ready to defend against such attacks. We're very much at the thin end of the wedge, and given product lifecycles, we really need to take action now to avoid catastrophic breaches in future. 

 

Security for Every Device

 

Security must be built-in at ground level whilst still on the product development drawing board. We can help with that.

Check Point, the leaders in security for the last 27 years have the solution. 

From consumer devices such as unattended vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, lightbulbs and washing machines to commercial devices such as IP cameras and smart elevators, network controllers such as routers, medical devices and industrial controllers, Quantum IoT Protect Firmware provides on-device runtime protection against zero-day cyber attacks – serving as the most powerful line of defence for your IoT devices.

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