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Smart Home Security Report 2019

Smart Home Security Report 2019

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SUMMARY

This report on cybersecurity found that out of all smart homes across the globe, more than 40% have at least one vulnerable connected device which is a threat to the whole smart home network. 

Out of these vulnerable devices, over 30% are at risk as a consequence of unpatched software vulnerabilities, while the rest are not enough protected due to the use of weak security credentials.

According to this study's conclusions, one of the more frequent types of cyberattacks is when cybercriminals attack thousands of IoT devices and create networks of infected devices - these are known as botnets and perform cyber attacks on other devices.

Regarding the approach to securing IoT devices, it is expected that users take the necessary measures to avoid cyberattacks. However, this approach is insufficient and generates a security gap and a great opportunity for cybercriminals. The paper suggests that smart home security should be addressed form a network-level perspective as it very hard to protect at the device level.

The research also explains that the majority of IoT devices depend on network security - everyone on the same network can have access to them. Users can change their router password and keep their firmware updated, for instance. These basic measures can help and make their smart home devices in a safer place right away.

OUTLINE

Key facts 

Executive summary 

Connected homes in 2019 

Most used smart home devices worldwide 

Security risks for smart homes 

Conclusion

 

 

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
Smart Home Security Report 2019
Region
Global
Published
Feb. 25, 2019
Publisher
Avast
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
17
Number of Tables
20
Number of Exhibits
0
Topics
hardware, security
Tags
authentification, cyber security, iot, malware, mobile, security, smart home, smart phone
Companies mentioned
Google, Amazon
Methodology
The data in this report was obtained from scans run by Avast users from their computers using the Avast WiFi Inspector feature. 16 million home networks worldwide are included in this research from countries all around the world. 56 million devices were scanned.
EVALUATION

An interesting report about the cybersecurity of smart home devices.

Positives:

  • Understandable conclusions
  • Understandable language
  • Great graphics and data
  • Great methodology

 

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