Cyber Insecurity: Surviving the IoT Cyberattack Pandemic


The Internet of Things (“IoT”) is turning into a security nightmare.   More than 1 billion malware detections and incidents, affecting more than 100 million IoT devices, occurred during the June-November 2016 time period alone.   And, without IoT suppliers implementing the proper safeguards, the situation is only going to get worse.

IoT Attorney Ron Quirk of The CommLaw Group, co-authored an IoT Journal article with cybersecurity consultant Terry Dunlop, CEO & Founder of Tactical Network Solutions, that describes the vulnerability of IoT devices to hacking and cyberattacks and how to prevent them.  This article, Surviving the IoT Cyberattack Pandemic, discusses the “cesspool of insecurity” of unsecured firmware, and depicts proactive steps that IoT manufacturers can take to shore up their devices’ attack vectors.

This article also apprises the IoT manufacturers and vendors about current laws and soon-to-be implemented regulations that mandate cybersecurity measures for their devices.  IoT suppliers must be remain aware and informed about the ever-changing IoT regulatory landscape.   A good cybersecurity attorney can assist IoT suppliers with risk assessment and management, as well as ensuring compliance with the latest rules and policies.

IoT Attorney Ronald E. Quirk, is head of the Internet of Things & Connected Devices Practice Group  at Marashlian & Donahue PLLC, The CommLaw Group, where he focuses his practice on the serving the comprehensive needs of the burgeoning and complex Internet of Things industry, including: contracts and commercial law, privacy & cybersecurity, spectrum access, equipment authorization, tax, regulatory compliance planning, and more.  His career has spanned more than 20 years, including several years at AMLAW 100 firms and the FCC.  He can be reached at or (703) 714-1305.

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