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Securing the IoT is a nightmare

January 28, 2020

Spoiler alert: you’re not going to wake up from this nightmare anytime soon.

Currently, we have over 26-billion internet of things (IoT) devices running in our workplaces, offices and homes. Of those, I’d guess — let me think about this for a minute — none of them are really secure.

Why IoT security is such a mess

I make this claim because while IoT security is given a lot of lip service, the reality is it’s an afterthought. As Alan Grau, president and cofounder of embedded security firm Icon Labs, observed, “these devices are optimized to minimize processing cycles and memory usage and do not have extra processing resources available to support traditional security mechanisms.”

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