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HP study reveals vulnerabilities with IoT security systems

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HP has released the results of a security testing study revealing that owners of Internet-connected home security systems may not be the only ones monitoring their homes. The study reveals that devices used in home security contain significant vulnerabilities, including password security, encryption and authentication issues.

Speaking about the study, “As we continue to embrace the convenience and availability of connected devices, we must understand how vulnerable they could make our homes and families,” said Jyoti Prakash, Country Director, India and SAARC countries, HP Enterprise Security Products (ESP)  “With ten of the top security systems lacking fundamental security features, consumers must be diligent about adopting simple and practical security measures when they’re available, and device manufacturers must take ownership in building security into their products to avoid exposing their customers unknowingly to serious threats.”

As per the forecast from Gartner, 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.(1) The new HP study reveals how ill-equipped the market is from a security standpoint for the magnitude of growth expected  around IoT. HP leveraged HP Fortify on Demand to assess 10 home security IoT devices along with their cloud and mobile application components, uncovering that none of the systems required the use of a strong password and 100 percent of the systems failed to offer two-factor authentication.

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