The distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on October 21, 2016 offered a new twist on an old trick that should cause us to pause and pay attention. In the late 90s, attackers were taking advantage of outdated and unpatched operating systems of home users and small businesses. Operating system vendors started creating operating systems that were more difficult to hack and easier for end users to patch and update.
Internet of things (IoT) devices have opened up a whole new opportunity for hackers. Online businesses must design appropriate protections commensurate with the risk of IoT. Organizations are still figuring out how to ensure the security of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, but manufacturers must be the first to step up to build protections into the product’s life cycle.