The cybersecurity challenges of consumer-grade Internet of Things devices are well-documented and best exemplified by the Mirai botnet’s attack on Dyn in 2016, which rendered large swaths of the Internet unreachable for the better part of a day. Although there have been a few examples of cybersecurity risks in the Industrial Internet of Things, there has not been a single watershed moment that captured the public’s attention so much as not being able to access Amazon, PayPal, Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, or Visa for a day. However, the consequences of a successful attack on IIoT devices could be far more severe and may even lead to the loss of lives.
As the clock ticks towards a massive and preventable cyberattack on IIoT devices, manufacturers and companies deploying them must address three challenges.
Mirai, Reaper, and other IoT botnets have flourished due to poor security controls, like hard-coded passwords, and a lack of encryption on consumer-grade IoT devices such as baby monitors, security cameras, and DVRs.