The Internet of Things (IoT) is continuously growing and being incorporated in many shapes and forms. However, the largest hurdle that could put a halt to this growth is security. Gartner researchers predict that by 2020, there will be an estimated 50 billion connected devices, outnumbering people by more than six to one.
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A good number of these devices will more than likely be controllable via the Internet, which will charge the Internet with the responsibility of collecting and transmitting sensitive information. But with the rise of hackers and malicious software, the IoT could be left vulnerable — which in turn, leaves data even more vulnerable.
While it is impossible to make any Internet application platform 100% impenetrable from attack, there are some practices of security that will help thwart hackers with malicious intent. Here are some ways companies can ensure a network’s and organization’s security:
- Device assessment – Order a device to track where IoT devices are being deployed and how they operate within the rest of the infrastructure.
- Vulnerabilities – Identify any security vulnerabilities so that the IT team can swing into action to make any necessary fixes.
- Credentials – Change any standard default logins and passwords. Leaving default credentials in place is only a call for a trouble as botnets frequently scan for IoT systems that use factory-default or hard-coded usernames and passwords.
- Updates – Keep all your devices up to date with all the latest security and firmware updates.
- Security prioritization – Security ought to be treated as a priority as high as functionality. If your organization intends to develop its own IoT apps, make sure that security testing is front and center.
- Encrypting – Adopt an end-to-end, data-centric security approach by encrypting all communications, commands, and values transmitted from any IoT device to the infrastructure.
- Telecommuters – Employees telecommuting should only connect through secure WiFi, and not use public WiFi. Spell out specific policies and controls telecommuters must abide by.