Teddy bears, coffee makers and cars are some of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that connect to corporate networks and could leave entire organizations exposed to cyber attacks.
A research paper by Palo Alto Networks describes in detail the growth of IoT devices connected to corporate networks and their wide variety.
Some of the most common devices connected to the networks of organizations are vehicles, games, medical devices and sports equipment such as fitness trackers.
These devices can help people in many different things or in work or in their personal lives. But that does not mean that they do not create additional security problems in corporate networks.
In many cases, these "shadow IoT" devices are added to the network without the knowledge of the security team.
This could potentially leave the corporate network vulnerable because some IoT devices are bad safety, which means that they can be easily identified and violated. Also the fact that some workplaces still have flat networks means that if one device violated, an attacker could move from the IoT device to another system.
"If a device has an address IP, it can be found. "Unfortunately, very often, they have a complete lack of security features and use standard passwords," Greg Day of Palo Alto Networks told ZDNet.
"Given that some devices are so cheap, the cost of adding security is simply not considered viable."
Even IoT devices connected to the network by the organization itself may contain security vulnerabilities that could allow hacker to gain full access to network. A well-known example of this type is when some hackers broke into a fish tank to invade a casino network and steal customer information.
Organizations need to be more careful with the IoT devices connected to their corporate network. The key to this is to see them Appliances network and ensure that IoT products are segmented so that they can serve as a gateway for a larger, more extensive attack.