From connected vehicles and vending machines to smart meters and wearables. The Internet of (connected) things (IoT) is promising to change our daily life as we know it, making it easier, better and more efficient. The recent massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, however, disrupted some of the most popular Internet services like Twitter and AirBnB. Carried out using an army of IoT botnets, the attack raised alarm bells with service providers. It proved that besides the smart and cool experiences IoT devices can deliver, there is a big security risk that cannot be overlooked.
Many organizations, including financial institutions, gaming companies, telecom networks and other enterprises, experience DDoS attacks even though they are equipped with a Firewall and IPS. Ironically, during a DDoS attack these security functions are likely to become the weakest link of the entire network security.
In the 21st century, cybercrime is rampant with hackers stealing and using data from individuals, companies and governments for their personal, financial or political gain. In particular, government agencies and large corporations are prime targets for organized hacker groups (“hacktivists”) such as Anonymous.
“There are two equalizers in life: the Internet and education”. I remember this famous John Chambers quote from the 1990s. Since then the Internet has provided a platform for businesses to address global markets. In fact, it has become the number one source of knowledge that is accessible to all.