Internet risks. We’ve exposed our critical infrastructure, including our water, electrical grid, financial, and communications systems to the internet, and with it, an army of baby monitors, DVRs, security cameras, and other connected consumer devices, referred to as botnets, with deep and wide-ranging implications for our security. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The proliferation of connected consumer electronics, IoT and “smart devices” has left us vulnerable in ways we’ve only begun to imagine.

We’ve already seen examples of how connected but unsecured “smart” devices can be used in massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. And while information security is somewhat in its infancy as a discipline, I’m puzzled and frustrated that, as a society, we’ve allowed ourselves to end up in this position.

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