The recent Mirai Botnet attack caused an outage in internet services for numerous large-scale internet-based companies. Could it have been stopped?.
OEMs can build in protection at the device-level that will protect against a botnet attack. Building protection into the device itself provides a critical security layer. Given these new security capabilities, the devices are no longer depending on the user (in home, non-technical consumers) to update the user name and password as the sole layer of security. In addition, the security can be customized to the needs of the device.
This article from Alan Grau of Icon Labs argues that this attack didn’t have to happen.