This post was written by Mindy Affrime, guest contributor from Securolytics.

While IoT devices (printers, DVRs, thermostats, smart appliances, etc.) make it possible for organizations of every size and in every sector to run more effectively and efficiently, they are too often added to a business’ network without any regard to their security risk. Unfortunately for many manufacturers and their users, security is taking a backseat, making it easy for malware to compromise the network or for a hacker to gain access and steal critical data. The infamous 2016 mass Dyn DDoS attack was attributed to a Mirai botnet that was widely spread via infected IoT devices.

In 2017, there will be a rush to deliver new types of IoT technologies while making those devices more affordable. We now need to deal with the security consequences.