As we are becoming more reliant on connected devices to run our homes, businesses and personal lives cybersecurity has come to the top of many peoples’ priorities. The threats that IoT devices face are quite different from those faced by traditional computers and require a different set of tools to protect their devices.

It’s not a surprise that malware attacks on IoT devices are increasing. Each device type has its own operating system software, features, and functions. The lack of standardized software can also present difficulties when creating security tools that can be used on several devices.

In 2016 threat actors launched one of the biggest botnets in history through a hack on IoT devices. This weakened a portion of the Internet and rendered websites like The New york Times’s website, Brian Krebs’s website, and French web host OVH unavailable for hours. The attackers scanned the Internet for default usernames and passwords on IoT devices, then amassed an army of them to launch the DDoS attack.

IoT and antiviruses play an essential role in defending against these kinds of threats. This kind of security software should increase its vigilance in order to monitor how IoT devices are communicating with each other as well as with the outside world. It should also maintain strict password guidelines, 2-factor authentication, and keep up-to-date patching. When combined with other security tools they provide an effective defense against IoT threats.