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To help protect, as well as reassure consumers, all players in the smart home ecosystem need to follow consumer IoT security best practices and commit to making smart homes a lot easier to manage.


  • Many smart home IoT devices are particularly vulnerable to attack, because they often have little integrated cybersecurity protection and may contain components and capabilities, such as embedded microphones and sensors, that are hidden from the average consumer but easily exploited by those with the technical know-how to do it.
  • Consumers may not fully understand the technicality of IoT cybersecurity, but they are becoming more aware of its impact thanks to increasing press coverage of situations where devices have been easily hacked and stories of serious privacy invasion and other criminal behavior.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the need for smart home cybersecurity.
  • Details the best practices that players should follow to protect smart home and consumer IoT platforms.

Key questions answered

  • Why is cybersecurity so important for smart home?
  • Why should broadband service providers be concerned with smart home cybersecurity?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Threat of cyberattack has become a big issue for smart home
  • Creation of a whole-home cybersecurity solution is the only way to protect against all threats
  • Critical elements of smart home cybersecurity: protect, detect, respond
  • Broadband service providers should move quickly to add smart home cybersecurity to their consumer portfolio


  • Further reading
  • Author

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