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10 Security Predictions For 2018

Solution providers will have to contend with an array of security-related challenges in 2018 ranging from GDPR compliance and ransomware to an expanding perimeter and securing sensor-enabled devices. Here's how we think they'll do it.

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IoT Devices Will Become An Increasingly Lucrative Threat Vector For Attackers

Automated bots can now get into IoT devices, crack a factory-set password businesses never bothered to change, then travel through the network, infecting and even permanently destroying other devices and applications, said Patrick Joggerst, CMO and EVP of business development at Ribbon Communications.

IoT devices and networks should be scanned for viruses and malware and have their firmware and operating systems checked, with security products aiming to protect even sensors, said Fatih Orhan, Comodo's vice president of Threat Labs.

IoT devices with shorter lifespans like cars or phones are built by firms with software talent that push secure devices out of the gate. By contrast, companies that produce longer-term devices like light switches do not have the IT experience and often hack something together, said Renaud Deraison, Co-Founder and CTO of Tenable. As a result, IoT devices to get great security on one side and horrible security on the other.

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