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8th Sep 2022


High Risk IoT Devices: VoIP and IPCCTV

You all know what CCTV cameras do, and what VoIP and video conferencing systems are, but did you know they are now considered part of an IoT network?

According to Foresight Technologies (FT) [in America], IP cameras and VoIP phones are Top 5 riskiest devices to be connected on your LAN.

TOP 5!? That’s not good, especially as we’ll all be on IP solutions from 2025 – period.

Foresight Technologies identified recurring themes in their 2022 research – highlighting the growing “attack surface” due to more devices being connected to enterprise and small business networks.

IP cameras, VoIP and video-conferencing systems are the riskiest IoT devices because they are commonly exposed on the internet, and there is a long history of threat actor activity targeting them. Foresight Technologies

The attack surface now encompasses IT, IoT and OT in almost every organisation, with the addition of IoMT in healthcare. Organisations must be aware of risky devices across all categories. FT recommends that automated controls are implemented and that companies do not rely on siloed security in the IT network, OT network or for specific types of IoT devices.

This latest research [from America] provides an update to the company’s findings from 2020 in which networking equipment, VoIP and IP cameras were listed and remain among the riskiest devices across our connected world, however, new entries such as hypervisors and Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are representative of trends including critical vulnerabilities and increased OT connectivity.

Vedere Labs (owns FT) analysed device data between January 1 and April 30 in Foresight’s device cloud. The anonymised data comes from Foresight customer deployments, and it contains information about almost 19 million devices – a number that grows daily, according to the company.

The overall risk of a device was calculated based on three factors: configuration, function and behaviour.

After measuring the risk of each individual device, Vedere Labs calculated averages per device type to understand which are the riskiest.

The challenge we all face here in the UK, is the PSTN switch-off, which will 100% happen by 2025.

The UK is moving away from analogue connectivity for good – no more copper to the home or office building – FTTP is the standard, but is that it?

No; there is loads more for you to know off the back of this.

Next week’s newsletter will cover the details you need to be aware of.