Attacks on the Internet of Things on the Rise


If you’re still working on an immersive Internet of Things project for your organization, make sure you prioritize cybersecurity. In the first half of 2021 alone, there were 1.5 billion attacks on IoT devices, according to researchers.  

That number is up from 639 million the previous half year, which is more than twice the volume. This is no longer a concern just for personal devices. Considering the millions of employees working from home these days, cybercriminals are targeting corporate resources through home networks and in-home smart devices.

These infected IoT devices are being used to steal personal or corporate data and mine cryptocurrencies. More traditionally, the devices are being added to a botnet through DDoS attacks.  

Enterprise IoT devices, specifically, are connected to both voice and video devices like phones, surveillance cameras, smart doorbells and other security systems. So, when these SIP protocols become compromised, a cybercriminal can gain a foothold into a corporate network, and possibly the entire IoT/OT network. 

To keep your IoT devices safe, be sure to: 

  • Install updates for firmware as soon as possible
  • Always change preinstalled passwords to complicated passwords that include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
  • Reboot a device if you notice it is acting strangely
  • Review and choose security solutions that help to protect IoT ecosystems 

Your best bet to protect your IoT ecosystem is to partner with a cybersecurity expert like 2W Tech. 2W Tech is a technology services provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. Call us today so we can secure your IoT infrastructure to protect your operations from cybercriminals.

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