The late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Kill the head and the body will die.” For IT professionals, the phrase might be reconfigured “Kill the security products and the network will die,” as was the case with last year’s Witty worm that targeted security software and infected systems worldwide in 75 minutes. Such attacks on security software are increasing, according to the Yankee Group’s
At least 70 percent of devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are vulnerable to attack, according to a report from Hewlett-Packard’s security unit Fortify, released in July. The study analyzed a range of IoT devices, from remote power outlets to home alarms and even sprinkler controllers. According to the study, vulnerabilities include weak passwords, insecure password recovery mechanisms, and poorly protected credentials.