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Wi-Fi Panel Q&A: How To Protect Your Network From IoT Cyberattacks

By Amanda Mitchell Henry in · HiveMind Blog · November 11, 2016

We recently held a Facebook Live event in which a panel of Wi-Fi experts from Aerohive - Abby Strong, Mat Edwards and Milind Pansare - sat down together and answered questions in real-time about how to secure the Internet of Things, and protect networks from an attack similar the recent IoT cyberattack. Our panel was part of a live video hosted on the Aerohive Facebook page - check out the video below to watch it on your own time. Great discussion.

We did this live event becuase we have some solid strategic advice to share. The major security attack on Dyn caused massive website outages for Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and others. Experts believe that this attack can be attributed to, at least in part, a bot that scours the web for IoT devices like video cameras that were protected by factory-default usernames and passwords. The bot then uses that devic to attack online targets. It’s been speculated that this attack worked so well because people were using default admin credentials and outdated firmware. Most of the conversation around the attack has focused on the fact that the world was asleep at the wheel and got caught off-guard by an insidious threat. And we should have seen it coming.

We at Aerohive see things differently - we did see it coming, and have already solved the problem. As our panelists explains, tools for preventing an IoT cyberattack like Dyn’s have been readily available all along: SD-LAN and network management provide all the tools needed to shut out malicious devices from your network, and thwart future IoT security breaches. With IoT getting a lot of visibility these days, ongoing security and what this means for the future of IoT is a major concern. Watch the video to hear what Abby, Mat, and Milind had to say.

This was our first Facebook Live event. There will be more, and we will hopefully have worked out some of the kinks :)

Looking for links to the resources mentioned in this video? We've rounded them up for you:
VIDEOS
- Aerohive’s Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) http://www.aerohive.com/solutions/technology/ppsk.html
- Demo: How Aerohive Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) works http://www.aerohive.com/search/?keywords=ppsk&page=1#modal2
- Double Your Wireless Capacity http://www.aerohive.com/…/use-c…/enterprise-scalability.html
WEBINAR
- Recorded webinar: Aerohive’s Secure Mobility http://www.aerohive.com/solut…/use-case/secure-mobility.html
WHITEPAPERS
- SD-LAN Solution defined: http://www.aerohive.com/…/use-case/Software-Defined-LAN.html
- Wi-Fi Security: More Control, Less Complexity: http://docs.aerohive.com/p…/Aerohive-Solution_Brief-PPSK.pdf
INFOGRAPHICS
- IoT – Rise Against the Machine: http://media.boundless.aerohive.com/…/Aerohive-IOT-Infograp…
- Take back control of your network with SD-LAN: http://media.boundless.aerohive.com/…/Access-Infographic.png
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Amanda Mitchell Henry (@luvs2runnn)

Is Editorial Director, Content Marketing at Aerohive and Editor in Chief of boundless magazine.