If you make a cheap, insecure device that requires users to set up their own security measures, you may sell more devices to more people. But the problem is that these people may lack the knowledge to set things up correctly. Even purchasing a high-end smart appliance with lots of security features doesn’t mean things can’t go wrong if users do not know how to use it properly. If your router is easily hackable, someone could then easily get access and hack into your smart oven, turn it on, and potentially set your house on fire.
The Internet of Things is only as strong as its weakest link – and it’s those weak links that are often subject to attacks.
Part of the problem is that current cybersecurity approaches and strategies were designed for a time when anyone involved in computing device security probably had a certain level of technical knowledge.
Now we have to make things usable for everyone. The Internet of Things requires making it possible for consumers, rather than IT professionals, to be the first line of cybersecurity defense.
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