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Jun 29 2018

Time to act before IoT botnets impact your business

Criminals are quickly learning how to leverage botnets, running sophisticated malware as the infrastructure for massive, illegitimate moneymaking machines.

Botnets are overlays of software that run, typically unknown to the owners of those systems, on large collections of internet connected machines.

Even if demanding a ransom, the use of "untraceable" crypto-currency like Bitcoin makes it easy to see why botnets are emerging as a preferred platform for cybercriminals.

Meanwhile, organizations are giving little strategic thought to the unique challenges of IoT security. Factor in 5G and there is every chance things could get messy.

IoT devices lend themselves perfectly for misuse as part of criminal botnets:

  • They are usually unmanaged, making them extremely useful as anonymous proxies.  
  • Typically online 24x7, they are available for use in attacks at any time, usually without any bandwidth limitations or filtering.  
  • They frequently run a stripped-down version of the familiar Linux operating system. Botnet malware can be easily compiled for a large target architecture.

These above mentioned factors are elevated with missing security features, as sensors don’t have the power and footprint to run security software. So, you need to secure the network, accepting that the device has no security.

Security is key for IoT success

Securing IoT network infrastructure consists of adapting well-worn principles. In general it is cheaper to get security sorted right at the outset - retrofitting after the event will cost more than getting it done at the start.

Companies need to adapt their traditional security with perimeter firewalls, yesterday’s SIEM (security information and event management) and signature-based anti-virus to an adaptive, dynamic security orchestration that allows to gather data information to ensure a constant collaboration between point product of multiple vendors and technologies: a system that offloads security experts with cognitive IoT detection to help them to accelerate response actions to earlier detect threats such as IoT botnets attacks.

Key security elements
Key elements for a successful IoT business

Modern security operations solutions must aggregate, correlate and analyze data from disparate point tools into cohesive and enriched security intelligence with business-specific context. An integrated security workflow automation and orchestration are at the heart of the transition from static defense to agile and adaptive response.

So, if it’s time to modernize your security architecture, contact us to learn how easy and effective it is with NOKIA´s NetGuard Security, before botnets impact your business.

New solution white paper

Download our “The Coming of Age of IoT Botnets” white paper to learn more about the hackers attention toward the exploitation of vulnerabilities that exist in the operating system of IoT devices.

Nokia has extensive experience in helping companies secure multi-vendor and multi-technology networks. Contact us to learn how our security solutions can help with analytics and automation to modernize your security strategy and respond early in the cyber kill chain.

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About Gerald Reddig

Gerald leads the global portfolio marketing efforts for Nokia’s security solutions. He is a member of the broadband forum, directs Nokia´s membership in the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance and steers Nokia´s Security center in Finland. Gerald is on the speaker’s circuit at international conferences and a recognized author on the topics he’s passionate about: cybersecurity technology, data privacy and finding the right solutions to prevent vulnerabilities, hacker trojans or man-in-the-middle attacks.

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