4 Tips for Device and Gadget Security
The Internet of Things (IoT) has increased business efficiencies to heights previously unimaginable. Most recently, with the “new normal” dictated by the pandemic, the IoT has also empowered us to collaborate from afar in new and incredible ways. As a result, the market of sensors and devices is expected to reach unprecedented proportions. Businesses and consumers alike have tipped the scale in new adoption.
The IoT also comes with new risks, too. How do you know if your business’s surveillance system is hackable? How do you set personal wearables up to stay secure in a business network? And what about all the business automation devices that your business now depends on?
Many businesses—particularly small businesses—feel overwhelmed in the face of protecting themselves with the growing number of devices on their networks. However, the IoT simply requires a bit of knowledge around what kinds of risks are out there and how to protect yourself.
Keep reading for exactly that.
What IoT security issues are common in business?
Since IoT devices are all connected to the internet, they each come with the risk of someone hacking them.
Whole networks, too, can be hacked. Understanding and patching network security vulnerabilities is the “catch all” that allows you to protect all the devices used on that network.
The threats your business could face otherwise include:
• Exposed sensitive data
• Botnets
• Sabotage
• Ransomware
• Other malware
How do you maintain IoT device security?
As you secure your network, devices and gadgets, follow these best practices:
1. Use stronger passwords: Having a strong password is always important. Many IoT devices come with default passwords, and you will want to change those immediately. Note that passwords you use should be strong at both the network and device level.
2. Use patches: IoT devices come with regular updates, many of which download automatically. Ensure these updates get loaded to business devices and networks as soon as they’re available. These are almost always patches covering security vulnerabilities that the manufacturers recently discovered.
3. Know which devices are necessary: So, maybe you don’t need to wear that Apple watch to work every day. Or maybe you do! Whatever devices you use on your business network, be sure you favor those that are absolutely necessary to best perform your job.
4. Monitor devices for security threats: Be proactive in monitoring for malware or other IoT threats on your network and all devices. You can install monitoring solutions or get the help of an IoT service provider to do this.
Whatever devices your business uses in its day-to-day, that list is probably growing. The relevance—nay, necessity—of devices and gadgets is climbing higher as we move into more remote work.
Keeping your company’s information and assets secure can be as simple as following these four tips. Contact us if you have additional questions.