Working from home and the spread of the Internet of Things (IoT) have revolutionized the corporate IT landscape. However, this poses new challenges for those responsible for cybersecurity and incident response. Decentralized working and the associated increase in network traffic and the number of devices in a network - from laptops and AR glasses to IoT devices - create potential gateways for attackers. Companies are, therefore, well advised to adapt their security strategies.
Our world is becoming increasingly digital: we live in smart homes and use fitness trackers for our health or VR glasses for gaming. We do office jobs flexibly from home or on the road. Production and logistics are also increasingly networked – mainly through the Internet of Things. IoT sensors on machines, vehicles, or products continuously collect data – on aggregate states, routes, or user behavior – and send it to data centers or the cloud, where it is analyzed accordingly.
Due to diverse computer networks, cybercriminals can exploit significantly more security vulnerabilities. Current botnets reveal the consequences of this development: While DDoS attacks used to be carried out primarily via classic PCs, more than half of the compromised end devices are now smart devices such as systems, heaters, lamps – or even personal smartwatches.