How to Provide IoT Security in the ‘Connected Everything’ Era: NIST Guidelines

Do you remember the name Mirai? Sure, you do. Back in 2016, Mirai became the first IoT botnet to make headlines by hitting global DNS provider Dyn and taking down almost half of the Internet. Now, Mirai is back with a new target. Last week, researchers from IBM X-Force found that variants of the infamous botnet are increasingly targeting enterprise IoT devices – as opposed to simpler devices like home routers and CCTV cameras.

Are organizations prepared?

It’s no secret that IoT-based attacks are already a problem. Businesses face serious risks from IoT devices and almost 20% of organizations have detected an IoT-based attack in the past three years, according to a 2018 Gartner IoT Security Survey Report. Yet, most organizations are just starting to think about how to manage IoT risks and who they can turn to for help. With a call for governments to provide more robust IoT security guidelines, the newly published guide by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is a fantastic step forward.

The 44-page document, NISTIR 8228 “Considerations for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks” aims to help federal agencies and other large organizations better understand and manage the cybersecurity and privacy risks associated with their IoT-based services. NIST is (Read more...)

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