Should We Disconnect to Improve IoT Security?

June 26, 2017


When I do media spots, interviewers often ask me, “What is the best single thing you can do to prevent cyberattacks?” I jokingly respond, “Unplug and turn off all your devices — it’s a 100 percent security solution!” Ironically, when discussing Internet of Things (IoT) security, some people believe turning all devices off is an actual strategy.

Absolute IoT Security Is Not Practical

According to Dan Lohrmann, chief strategist and chief security officer (CSO) at Security Mentor, Inc., we should be aware of three things. First, just as with Wi-Fi, cloud computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, the global IoT boat has already left the dock.

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