How Remote Work Pushed IoT Malware Attacks to New Heights

By 2021.04.29.News

SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers recorded 56.9 million IoT malware attacks in 2020, up by 66% from 2019. The 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report sheds some light on how remote work contributed to this increase.

Remote work, with employees spending time connected to corporate networks from home, offer low hanging fruit for cybercriminals to access corporate networks from often unsecure home networks, which are also connected to countless, often unsecure devices. It is not hard to hack into an individual’s internet-enabled coffeemaker, which then can be used as a backdoor into corporate networks.

Experts are predicting that remote work is here to stay even after Covid. And if the number of poorly secured IoT devices continues to increase, there will be even more IoT attacks in the future.

Legislation and new cybersecurity standards both in Europe and the US are intended to apply to all IoT devices sold, in an effort to contain attacks.

The new modular IoT security gateway providing both hardware and software layer security to be implemented by the IoTAC project may provide the necessary protection against such cyber attacks, by enforcing strong authentication, fine-grained access control, as well as sophisticated traffic and architecture monitoring.

For more threat intelligence, download the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report from https://www.sonicwall.com/2021-cyber-threat-report/.

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