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Insecure Wi-Fi networks – Home Wi-Fi networks are an easier target for hackers because home networks are less likely to use firewalls and more likely to rely on cheap consumer-grade Internet modems and routers which may have weaker security and insufficient product support.

Remote desktop software can be vulnerable – Remote access software is a double-edged sword. If anything goes wrong and a hacker gets access to it, she/he will have full access to the company. The FBI recently issued an alert about a substantial rise in remote desktop protocol (RDP) attacks. They warned that criminals have developed new techniques to hack RDP sessions and are even selling access to these networks on the Dark Web.

Infected personal devices – Home devices are all more likely to become infected with spyware and other malware that could steal business account passwords. Another risk is the home printer. These can be easily hacked over WiFi. The hacker could potentially steal any information that was sent to the printer and use it to attack other parts of the network.

Public hotspots are a major risk – Remote employees may be tempted to work from a public hotspot like the local coffee shop. However, this can put them at risk of fake Wi-Fi networks known as “evil twins”.

Email scams may be harder to stop – Employees who work from home could also be more susceptible to “spoofing” attacks like the business email compromise (BEC) scam. A BEC is when a hacker impersonates a company employee, contractor, or vendor in order to trick another employee into sending them a payment, usually by wire transfer. If workers aren’t in the office, they are less likely to be suspicious of such requests.


IoT Security Issues

Lack of Compliance on the Part of IoT Manufacturers – Currently, there is no universal IoT security standards. Hence, manufacturers continue creating devices with limited security.

Lack of User Knowledge & Awareness – Social engineering attacks – Instead of targeting devices, a hacker targets a human, using the IoT i.e. Stuxnet attack.

IoT Security Problems in Device Update Management – Some IoT devices continue being used without necessary security updates.

Lack Of Physical Hardening – IoT devices could be physically tampered with, for example using a USB flash drive with Malware.

Botnet Attacks – Due to the lack of regular software security updates groups of IoT devices are turned into infected zombies and used as weapons to send incredibly vast amounts of traffic.

Industrial Espionage & Eavesdropping – Spying and intruding through IoT devices is a real problem, sensitive data may be compromised and used against its owner.

Highjacking Your IoT Devices – Ransomware has been named as one of the nastiest malware types ever existed. It does not destroy your sensitive files; it blocks access to them by way of encryption. If an IoT device gets infected, an attacker can infect all other devices connected to the same network. Then, the hacker who infected the devices will demand a ransom fee for the decryption key unlocking the files.

Data Integrity Risks of IoT Security In Healthcare – Most IoT devices extract and collect information from the external environment. It can be a smart thermostat, HVAC, TVs, medical devices. But sometimes these devices send the collected data to the cloud without any encryption.

Rogue IoT Devices – Rogue devices or counterfeit malicious IoT devices are beginning to be installed in secured networks without authorization. Example of rouge IoT devices can take the form of the Raspberry Pi, or WiFi Pineapple. These can be turned into a rogue AP (Access Point), thermostat, video camera, unbeknownst to users.

Crypto mining with IoT Bots – This type of attack involves infected botnets aimed at IoT devices, with the goal not to create damage, but mine cryptocurrency.

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