Thistle Technologies emerged this week to tackle the problem of delivering security updates to the internet of things (IoT).
The IoT market — which includes printers, edge devices, remote systems, consumer electronics, and automobiles — is booming, and security experts worry about the expanding attack surface. There are ways to update traditional networked devices, such as routers, cameras, and printers, but that isn’t the case for IoT. Each of these devices is now a mini-computer on the network, and a software vulnerability on any one of them means a network compromise. Once in, the attacker can move around looking for other systems to compromise and information to steal.