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DDoS attack shows dangers of IoT 'running rampant'

Matt Hamblen | Oct. 26, 2016
Experts, U.S. senator call for greater Internet of Things security

"Most attackers are targeting businesses using forms of attacks we already know about and can help defend against," said Mo Katibeh, senior vice president of advanced solution at AT&T. "The vast number of threats and attack patterns across our network fit with very well-known attacks...like DDoS," he said in an interview.

Katibeh said that when AT&T U-verse residential and small business customers receive an internet gateway device they are immediately required to update the user name and password. For the 20 car manufacturers that connect cars to AT&T wireless networks, there is Virtual Private Network protection, which means traffic is "not riding the open internet, and thus protected against DDoS attacks," he said.

AT&T is also working on software that will stop a robot arm from moving on a manufacturing floor if the arm moves slightly at variance with its controlled range of motion, he said.

Katibeh said that IoT devices are going to pose ever-greater challenges for enterprise security officials.

"For every enterprise, there's a call to action around Internet of Things," he said. "We even have connected coffee pots. Every enterprise should be doing risk and vulnerability assessments and knowing what to protect and knowing its vulnerabilities. Make sure you are buying devices that have minimum security built-in to allow updates of firmware and patches as they become available."

 

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