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Growth of IoT is causing serious security concerns

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Cybersecurity is one of the main concerns among businesses today, and with the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT (opens in new tab)) sensors the problem is only going to get worse. This is according to Andrey Suvorov, CEO at Adaptive Production Technology (a Kaspersky subsidiary).

Suvorov cited a report from Juniper Research, which asserts that the number of IoT connections should rise by 107 percent by 2025, hitting 36.8 billion. Furthermore, he said, connected devices are expected to generate 79 zettabytes of data by 2025, as per IDC research.

With more connections and more data, comes more trouble. Not only will cybercriminals have more “toys” to play with, but the effects of their malicious behavior could be infinitely more devastating.

Aside from the usual data theft and extortion, in some scenarios cyberattacks could also have physical consequences, including the loss of life. Breaking sensors in nuclear power plants, for example, could have dire ramifications. That’s why, Suvorov claims, the industry needs to adapt “cybersecurity by design”.

“Security by design is defined by a specific product goal and security objective, built to create ‘cyber immunity’, prevention and protection,” he explained.

To tackle the problem, Kaspersky announced its IoT Secure Gateway 100, which “enables direct and protected connection to industrial domains with pumps, CNCs, conveyors and many other expensive fixed assets.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.