Risks in IoT Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of IoT devices. As businesses slowly reopen during the pandemic, contactless IoT devices such as point of sale (POS) terminals and body temperature cameras have been widely adopted to keep business operations safe. Palo Alto Networks research shows 89% of IT decision-makers globally reported that the number of IoT devices on their organization’s network increased over the last year, with more than a third (35%) reporting a significant increase. Additionally, International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices in 2025.

However, this trend increases the attack surface, which is likely to attract more attacks and exploits targeting IoT devices and IoT supply chains. Here, Unit 42 looks into the current IoT supply chain ecosystem, and explains the multi-layer threats and weaknesses impacting IoT supply chains. No layer is completely intact. We also examine potential types of motivation for attacking the IoT supply chain.

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Source: Palo Alto