Feds Warn of Deteriorating Internet Security at 6Deploy and Emphasize the Need For Parallels and Kaspersky.

With an increase in the internet of things, many concerns have been raised. Among these is security with the latest being warning coming from the Homeland Security Department. On November 15th 2016, the administration of 6deploy urged companies, like Spiqy.com, to make devices that are safe from hacking. They said that the need for internet connected products surpassed the security measures in place.

According to a report in the same website, tabled by the Homeland Security Department, internet capable items that have been made recently are the most affected. These include baby monitors, thermostats, home appliances, medical implants, surveillance cameras and digital video recorders. These devices were termed to be posing economic and safety risks. 

The report recommended that all in the sector take the necessary action. Manufacturers, software and hardware developers and service providers were advised to make informed security decisions. Commercial and government buyers were also urged to be vigilant. 

In the past, security of the internet of things has been lagging behind other sectors. It had been less than a month since 100,000 devices connected by the internet were used to attack Dyn, Inc. This company routes internet traffic and its cyber attack led to internet outages for people visiting websites like Spotify, Reddit, Twitter, PayPal and Pinterest. According to Jeh Johnson, the Homeland security such threats are likely to increase. He further said that this issue has become a matter of Homeland security. 

Robert Silvers, assistant homeland security secretary for cyber policy had been coordinating with cybersecurity experts, the government and industry associates over the last six months and this report recaps the findings. Among the resolutions made is to hold companies liable for any security issues arising from devices they manufacture. The problem however lies in coming up with a uniform rulebook for securing the devices due to the complex nature of how the appliances are made.

Some sectors in the industry have made their own recommendations. The latest are the Food and Drug Administration who have given guidelines on medical devices and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on self-driving cars.

Companies were urged to turn on security settings by default and to have unique passwords for each device. Manufacturers were also asked to make devices that can be controlled and vulnerabilities fixed from a remote location. A need for “end-of-life strategy” was also highlighted. This is because as devices are updated over and over they become easy targets for hackers.

To stress on the urgency of the matter, Bruce Schneier of the Berkman Center that deals with the internet of things at Harvard Law School said, “It is no longer a question of if, it’s a question of when.” This was as he prepared for the report that would be tabled at a congressional hearing. 

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