As we continue to keep track of the latest IoT botnets, the FortiGuard Labs team has seen an increasing number of Mirai variants, thanks to the source code being made public two years ago. Since then, threat actors have been adding their own flavours to the original recipe.
CSPs are well-positioned to benefit from the continuing growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and related systems—but only as long as the infrastructure can support some IoT-specific challenges, including of course security.
Fortinet recently talked with Craig Johnson, Director, Automotive Advanced Systems Innovation Department, Renesas Electronics America Inc. to discuss the innovation behind its connected car efforts and why automated security with real-time threat intelligence and strategic segmentation is imperative to protect customers’ information and vehicle.
How many of us would hire a home security company that sent a representative to our house to tell us to remove all our lightbulbs so that it was pitch black inside? Sure, it would make it much more difficult for the burglars to find their way around. But with no way to turn the lights on, it would also be almost impossible to find the intruders—or determine whether there had been a break-in at all.
Organizations today are not only aggressively moving many of their workloads to the cloud, but many of them are doing so using a multi-cloud model. They leverage one provider for specific functionality and another for location or for cost. At the same time, critical data is being distributed and processed across a variety of additional cloud-based applications and services. Nearly all of them have some sort of a private cloud as well, with nearly half using multiple hypervisors to manage those environments.
The volume of cyberattacks is growing at an unprecedented rate, increasing as much as nearly 80% for some organizations during the final quarter of 2017. One reason for this acceleration in the attack cycle is that in order for malware to succeed today it needs to spread further and faster than even before. This allows cybercriminals to stay a step ahead of new efforts by vendors to improve their delivery of updated signatures and patches.
The evolution of malware is being fueled largely by the proliferation of IoT. According to Gartner data, there were about 8 billion connected “things” in 2017. But that number is expected to nearly triple to more than 20 billion in just the next two years, which averages out to roughly three connected devices per person on Earth. Simply put, the opportunity for cybercriminals to enter networks and steal data or hold segments (or the entirety) of the network hostage is growing at an exponential rate, with no signs of slowing down.
This is the first conference where I have heard so much about hacking robots! Between yesterday and today, we've had: • Robotnikoff at Troopers: robots, security, and privacy - Brittany Postnikoff • Hacking Robots Before Skynet - Lucas Apa • Breaking the Laws of Robotics: Attacking Industrial Robots - Davide Quarta
Watch the video in this post to hear from Fortinet’s Troy Roberts, VP of Enhanced Technologies, as he discusses the challenges facing healthcare organizations in 2018 and how to overcome them.