The following article appeared in the Harvard Business Review. While the piece (re)sates the obvious with respect to IoT device security flaws, the author does propose some proactive steps that should be taken. And these steps are not the sole responsibility of just the device builders.
Earlier this year an alarming story hit the news: Hackers had taken over the electronic key system at a luxury hotel in Austria, locking guests out of their rooms until the hotel paid a ransom. It was alarming, of course, for the guests and for anyone who ever stays at a hotel. But it came as no surprise to cybersecurity experts, who have been increasingly focused on the many ways in which physical devices connected to the internet, collectively known as the internet of things (IoT), can be hacked and manipulated. (The hotel has since announced that it is returning to using physical keys.)