Protect Your Network from an IoT Device Attack - Like the Recent DDoS Assault on Dyn

 

Protect Your Network from an IoT Device Attack - Like the Recent DDoS Assault on Dyn

On October 21st, waves of crippling Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks left some of the most prominent names on the web struggling to ensure consistent access. Dyn, Inc., a company that provides domain name services for about 6% of Fortune 500 Companies, including Twitter, PayPal and Netflix, found itself battling DDoS attacks from a group of hackers. This, in turn, created access problems for an array of popular websites.

What makes this DDoS attack unique? The attack on Dyn was launched by Internet of Things (IoT) devices – in this case it was compromised internet-enabled home security devices such as cameras and DVRs, and turning them into attack agents or bots. The hackers used the “Mirai” virus that spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the internet for IoT devices protected by factory default user names and passwords that were not changed by the users.

Industry security experts had previously speculated that IoT devices could be exploited to pose a network security risk, and that concern is now a reality with this crippling attack. This new DDoS attack has left companies around the globe wondering what they can do to protect their networks from unsecured IoT devices inside and outside the network. It’s important to note that the IoT devices are typically incapable of running software agents – making them even more vulnerable to compromise than traditional computing endpoint devices.  The good news is that a Security Automation and Orchestration solution like Network Sentry can help.

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