Sunday, October 20, 2019

Consumers think IoT security is a piece of cake; IT pros have another name for it

So you think you can control the security of the connected devices in your house? Ask the IT security professionals: They don’t think so.

That was one thing the IT security organization ISACA learned when it surveyed U.S. consumers and professionals about the Internet of Things. Judging by how wary security experts are about IoT, consumers’ confidence may be misplaced. 

Internet-connected appliances and wearables can collect a lot of data, and using them is a new experience for consumers. If a thermostat knows when you’re home or a “smart” TV can pick up your conversations through a microphone, your privacy might be at risk. How much risk could depend on how hard it is to use a device or app and understand all its settings. 

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