While the Internet of Things represents a constantly widening collection of devices, this category of research is intended to focus primarily on network-connected products with "mart" features, especially those targeted towards consumers. This may be anything from doorbells to cameras, ovens to thermostats, locks to watches and much more.
The decreasing cost of hardware components and an increasing demand for more automation and remote access have driven manufacturers to develop new features and capabilities for products that consumers have relied on for decades. With this all-too-familiar trend comes the security cost; these features promote efficiency, ease of access and automation, but too often overlook critical security fundamentals and can be compromised by malicious actors. McAfee's Advanced Threat Research team regularly studies products in this domain and works with vendors and manufacturers to uncover and disclose vulnerabilities, as well as promote the development of more secure consumer products.