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What is IoT Security and Why is it Important for Businesses?
The Business of IoT Security. Way before IoT security was on everybody’s mind, something happened in late 2016 that was straight out of a sci-fi movie: the Internet went down. Well, only parts of it, but it was pretty big. So big, in fact, that it has been described as the biggest DDoS attack in history. A DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is used to bring Internet sites and web servers to a standstill. This attack was so massive that it took down sites like Twitter and Spotify. The attack utilized a ‘botnet’ which is a collection of Internet-connected, malware infected devices and became known as the Mirai botnet. The botnet infected 150,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices and turned them into slaves. The Mirai DDoS attack was able to work on this large scale because of the IoT. Over the last ten years or so, business computing has changed beyond recognition. Our once controlled enterprise perimeters have been smashed by Cloud computing. And now, we are seeing even this expanded perimeter becoming ever fuzzier, as devices become connected up through distributed computing. Edge computing is the new perimeter, but it has no defined edge.
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