Microsoft has launched a new security program for its Azure cloud platform to help improve customer’s security when they are dealing with the IoT. It is a response to customer requests fro increased security assurances as they deploy IoT products. Microsoft has partnered with security auditors to evaluate customers’ IoT infrastructure, detect security problems, and provide recommendations. Partners so far include Praetorian, Casaba Security, CyberX, and Tech Mahindra. The massive DDoS attacks on Dyn through IoT was a wakeup call for business that vulnerable IoT devices such as webcams, routers, printers and DVRs would easily become the security targets of attackers. IoT product teams struggles a balance between quickly releasing products to market and the risk of insecurity. IT experts said the security issues of IoT requires the entire ecosystem to work together and collaborate to ensure security.
One of the biggest IT news last week was the IoT-Based DDoS Attacks on Dyn. IoT security problems suddenly attracted everyone’s attention. Vulnerable devices in the IoT system with default setting were turned into “bots” under control of a malware to attack DNS. Since IoT products are increasingly used within organizations, their security and privacy issues should be the top concerns of organizations before implementation.