Are IOT devices a security risk?
IOT devices (Internet of Things) are very vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Many do not have built in security or receive regular security updates which you would ordinarily perform on other systems such as servers, laptops or mobile devices. This makes them a target for cyber criminals as they can be easily compromised and used as an entry point to business or home networks.
Devices which can make life so much easier on a day to day basis are being developed faster than they can be secured. To try to combat this, new legislation was brought into effect in the UK in early 2020 detailing the minimum security requirements for any future IOT devices going forward:
You can read more about the legislation here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-strengthen-security-of-internet-connected-products