The industry must take steps to ensure a connected world doesn’t become a hacker’s paradise. The IoT (Internet of Things) industry is exciting. There’s a race to market that fuels innovation and puts pressure on developers to create superb user experiences and prioritize device functionality. The competition is driving prices down, allowing more users to get their hands on more devices. But in the midst of this fast-paced world of IoT, some would say there’s something missing—a focus on security. In fact, security experts working in the IoT are calling for manufacturers to slow down and consider the consequences of handling device security as an afterthought. IoT device security should trump all, but often, it doesn’t. As Scott Schober, president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems,, a designer and manufacturer of RF (radio-frequency) analysis and wireless threat detection tools, puts it, the IoT is not only exciting for businesses and consumers, it’s also exciting for hackers, just for a different reason. “I’m looking forward to inexpensive, networked sensors all over my home and work,” Schober says. “But hackers are chomping at the bit to exploit all of those sensors and their data.” A lack of universal security standards, combined
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