A recent string of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against a variety of Web sites, driven by hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected devices, highlights new vulnerabilities and the lack of security in the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry, according to the Smart Card Alliance.

With an estimated 21 billion devices expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020, there is a critical need to ramp up the security of “things.” To do this, the alliance is advocating for the addition of embedded security in IoT devices.

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