Enterprise adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) has increased efficiencies and produced amazing amounts of data. More data means businesses can leverage information to be faster and more profitable than their competitors. However, before leaping head first into IoT adoption and digital transformation, enterprises need to be strategic about purpose, use and most of all, IoT security.
Security of IoT can be difficult. In fact, security is one of the largest risks in IoT adoption. In a 2018 survey, 55 percent of respondents listed IoT security as a top priority when deploying connected devices.
And with good reason: endpoints to an enterprise’s network have increased significantly by bringing in connected devices. Here’s a few pointers to help with IoT security.
Centralize access logs
Whether the device is a security camera or connected watch, IoT devices push data into the network. Unlike computers, user facing systems are not included on all IoT devices. However, every device maintains an access log that is accessible.
By streamlining all device access logs, any member of the IT department can recognize threats before the device is breached. Disabling or changing access to the device will prevent data loss before it occurs.
Change default passwords
As with all things connected, IoT devices have passwords. Just as you would not have a smartphone using a default password, hopefully, changing all passwords before connecting a device to your network will increase IoT security.
Following standard protocol with multi-factor authentication and stronger passphrases will create IoT security that is more difficult to breach.
Set up an IoT network
One of the reasons cybercriminals are attacking IoT devices with more frequency is the lower level of security combined with direct access into a main network. To prevent the open door to hackers, establish an IoT network like a virtual LAN that maintains all IoT devices.
While this will not keep hackers from entering an IoT device, it will prevent access to most data stored within your system. Also, bank and other sensitive personal information will not be available.
Utilize VPNs for IoT security
Setting up a virtual private network (VPN) with encryption will protect data that is being transmitted to and from devices. While VPNs and encryption do not stop hackers entirely, it will prevent IoT data from being easy pickings.
Businesses can expect over 75 billion connected devices by 2025. Adoption will occur as benefit continues to outpace risk. Ensuring your enterprise has strategic, well thought-out IoT security will provide data, efficiencies and peace of mind.
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