How’s this for a powerful, attention-getting first sentence:  “Will 2017 be the year your home comes under attack from cyber criminals?”

The CNBC article continues, “Experts expect the number of attacks on the Internet of Things (IoT) will likely increase in 2017. IoT includes devices like webcams, DVRs and connected thermostats that make life easier for homeowners, but are susceptible to cyber-intrusions. These gadgets add conveniences like locking your door or shutting off the lights all from a smartphone app, but they come with certain risks, experts warn.”

Senator Mark Warner from Virginia in the article states, “We’re going to go from 12 billion devices we currently have, to over 30 billion devices by 2020, all interconnected. That’s going to add to the ease of our life but if all these devices are easily hacked into it could mean we could have a whole new host of security concerns,” said Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat. Warner is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus.

That’s nearly triple in just a short three years from now. That’s a grow over 18 billion devices! To help, In November, Homeland Security released guidance for manufacturers. Its press title released is titled, “DHS Releases Strategic Principles For Securing The Internet Of Things.” To read the specific guidance and fact sheet, visit DHS here.

It is going to be a very, very interesting 2017…