The Need to Know: IoT Security

By Krystal Rennie / Adlumin, Inc.

Welcome to the digital world, where cellphones hold your entire life in its database, tablets have become the new spiral notebooks, and contactless transactions make your day-to-day norms feel like futuristic experiences. The Internet of Things (IoT) has genuinely taken the cyberworld by storm, simplifying and connecting everything in its path.

Statista estimates that by 2025, “the total installed base of connected IoT devices globally will reach just more than 30 billion units, up from about 13 billion units this year…” IoT has the power to bring the internet and data processing to just about anything technological. As more connections are developed, your organization must make security its main priority. Building a partnership between IoT strengths and weaknesses will help you leverage new industry advancements while prioritizing your organization’s safety.

What is IoT?

According to NetworkWorld,  IoT is “a catch-all term for the growing number of electronics that aren’t traditional computing devices, but are connected to the internet to send data, receive instructions or both.” The keyword to remember when trying to understand IoT is connection. Devices come together to improve efficiency, productivity, and flexibility in our world. With that, however, more exposure brings more risks to networks. Many IoT devices have been designed without security in mind, which poses a significant risk to the cybersecurity industry and organizations.

Within the last few years, there has been an uptick in bad actors using IoT devices when launching attacks. Your organization must consider implementing security protocols and policies to protect IoT devices in your network’s landscape.

IoT Security Tips

As IoT devices are created faster and faster, security has been put on the back burner; that means it’s up to us to think about mitigating factors . Below are a few tips that will help you stay steps ahead of hackers:

  1. Monitor mobile devices: Make sure that any mobile devices (company phones, tablets, etc.) are always in secured environments. Any misplaced items are susceptible to data and information being compromised.
  1. Monitor your network: Keep tabs on the various activities within your networks to ensure there is no anomalous behavior taking place. Ensure that all of your connected devices are programmed with security in mind.
  1. Require strong passwords: Login credentials must be secured at all times. As your networks are protected with passwords, make sure they are strong and include at minimum 8-12 characters including numbers, upper case and lowercase letters, and special characters. Do not use the same passwords for all your accounts; that is setting yourself up for a potential breach.
  1. Chose a robust cybersecurity platform: Invest in a strong cybersecurity platform that will provide your network with 24/7 monitoring, detection, and alerts of malicious behavior. This will ensure security for your devices and grant your organization an extra layer of protection.

As your organization begins to build its IoT ecosystem and policies, make sure protection is your main priority. IoT Security is not going anywhere. It will only continue to expand as the world grows digitally. The future for IoT seems to be bright as more businesses are implementing the devices to help track customers, breaking down large amounts of data, and various other use cases. Now is the time to take the jump and audit the devices on your network. Put security first and avoid situations that could be detrimental.