The future of IoT? State-sponsored attacks, say security professionals

The future of IoT? State-sponsored attacks, say security professionals


IT security professionals believe that nation states will begin to exploit smart, connected devices in the next 12 months.

When you consider the future of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, artificial intelligence (AI), conversational technologies, enhancements to both voice and facial recognition, and virtual reality (VR) may be what you envision when it comes to what next-generation devices will feature.

Our devices are becoming smarter. Lighting, security, mobile devices, networks, and communication systems are all being influenced by IoT connectivity and technological ecosystems are likely to become more enmeshed in the future.

However, therein lies the problem. We've already seen the consequences of IoT devices being enslaved in their millions and providing conduits to other devices and networks, and now, it seems that state-sponsored groups may soon turn their attention to connected device exploitation.

During Black Hat, IoT security firm Armis surveyed over 130 IT and security professionals attending the conference in Las Vegas last week. The vast majority -- 93 percent of respondents -- saw the future of IoT not necessarily as something smarter, but more dangerous, as they predict nation states will target or exploit connected devices in their droves over the coming year.

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