Insecurity of IOT Devices Concerns Cybersecurity Experts

The Dyn attacks, initiated by about 100,000 endpoints utilizing IOT devices, was viewed as the largest DDoS attack.

“The rate at which these connected devices are proliferating is staggering, eluding attempts to harness or tame them within appropriate security protocols. We’ve long accepted the fact that no institution in the cyber age is any stronger than its weakest connected link, and the number of those weak links just got exponentially greater,” pointed out John McClurg, Vice President and Ambassador-At-Large, Cylance

Cybersecurity professionals and their organizations are confronting unique challenges with IOT.  “Due to the small size and limited functionality of many IOT operating systems (many already deployed), cyber security professionals are finding them very challenging to secure at the same time their organizations are finding it very easy to interconnect to their enterprise networks,” stated Bob Bigman, President, 2BSecure the former CISO at the CIA.

“My recommendation to companies wanting to understand their IOT risk is to understand how embedded IOT devices are already distributed within their company. Most organization don’t have any idea of how widespread and ubiquitous these devices have become,” said Mark Weatherford, SVP & Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at vArmour and former Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity at DHS.

A panel on The Future of Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things will take place March 30 at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. at the 2nd Annual Billington International Cybersecurity Summit.

Moderator: Mark Weatherford, Senior Vice President and Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour


  • Dr. Ronald Ross, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Kristen Baldwin, Principal Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD), DoD
  • Leo Simonovich, Director, Global Cyber Strategy, Siemens
  • John McClurg, Vice President and Ambassador-At-Large, Cylance