‘IoT devices pose a major risk to society’

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Smart devices that are connected to each other and the internet thanks to a network of sensors, are changing our society. However, the speed with which these smart devices or IoT devices are being developed comes at a price: in terms of cybersecurity, they are often insecure. As such, they pose “a major risk to society”.

This writes the Telecom Agency in its annual report ‘Safety in times of change’.

Popularity of IoT products is growing fast

Smart devices are popular in the Netherlands. According to calculations by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), three-quarters of the Dutch population has at least one smart device at home. Products such as smart speakers and smart thermostats are popular products in Dutch households. This applies to a lesser extent to smart lighting, smoke detectors and security cameras. It is estimated that there are currently around 35 billion smart devices in circulation worldwide. In 2025 there will be an estimated 75 billion.

It is not without reason that the Telecom Agency devotes an entire chapter to these so-called Internet of Things (IoT) products or smart devices. According to the regulator, this equipment has the capacity to change our society for the better. They exchange information with each other and facilitate or enrich our daily activities. The number of IoT devices is therefore growing rapidly, for both home and business use.

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This growth is not entirely without risk. According to the Telecom Agency, new IoT products are being developed at such a rapid pace that they may be unsafe. For example, the default password

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