Consumers not taking IoT security seriously – Electronics Weekly


December 15, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Internet Of Things


ubuntu-14.04-laptop-frontMost UK consumers are vulnerable to cyber-attackes because they do perform vital firmware updates on their PCs and connected devices.

An IoT security survey from software provider Canonical fond that only 31% of consumers carry out firmware updates regularly and perhaps most surprising of all, as many as 40% of those who own connected devices have never performed any kind of firmware update on them.

According to the Canonical survey, most users feel that it is not their responsibility to keep the firmware of their devices up-to-date.

Almost half of those questioned in the survey were unaware connected devices in the home, such as Wi-Fi routers, could be used to attack other devices, spy on their owner or bring down websites.

Thibaut Rouffineau, Head of Devices Marketing at Canonical, writes:

“Purely educational approaches to IoT security aren’t working, so the IoT industry must step up, take charge and stop placing the full burden of security at consumers’ doors.”

Rouffineau believes that regulators need to force manufacturers to assume the costs and liabilities associated with security failures.

“Automatic mechanisms need to fix vulnerabilities remotely and we need to actively ban the dreaded ‘default password’, as Canonical has done with Ubuntu Core 16,” said Rouffineau.

In January 2017 Canonical will launch its blueprint: ‘Taking charge of the IoT’s security vulnerabilities’.

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