Still think Internet of Things (IOT) devices are secure?

The digital environment is changing rapidly. Computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones are no longer the only options. A wide range of devices is now connected to the internet. Washing machines, automated vacuum cleaners, door locks, gadgets, and toasters are among the “smart” items on the market. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the umbrella term for anything that provides access to the internet—and yes, you can even buy a smart umbrella to go with it. But are IoT devices secure? Let us dive in deeper to know more about the IoT.

 

 

What is the internet of things?

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a collection of devices that connect to the internet and exchange data. IoT devices often include computers, laptops, and smartphones, as well as other things that are equipped with chips that collect and transmit data across a network.

 

 

There are a huge number of present and future IoT devices as technology is rapidly increasing over the years. Consumers frequently communicate with IoT devices via their smartphones, whether it’s a smart TV or a home thermostat. Connected gadgets provide convenience, such as assisting you in making a grocery list, and cost savings, such as when you decrease the heat at home while you’re on vacation.

 

 

What are some IoT device examples?

Although the term “Internet of Things” may be strange, you may be more familiar with the term “smart homes” or “connected homes,” which refers to the numerous IoT gadgets that make your life more convenient at home. However, IoT devices can be found both inside and outside the home. They can be anything from a Wi-Fi pet camera on your shelves to a stimulator implanted in your body. A device can be classified as an IoT device if it can connect to the internet and has sensors that transmit information.

 

 

Are IoT devices secure?

In recent years, an increasing population of connected IoT devices has reshaped how businesses collect, transact, analyze, and interpret huge amounts of data to gain insights through everything from engaging customers to lowering operational costs and improving an overall safe working environment.

 

 

As the number of connected devices grows in this digital age, it becomes more difficult for businesses to secure them and keep dangers at bay. IoT devices are appealing targets for cybercriminals because they are vulnerable and provide an attack surface that is perfect for security breaches. Managing, monitoring, and protecting connected IoT environments is a problem for all businesses, whether they are just getting started with IoT adoption or want to extend their existing IoT networks.

 

 

There are, however, ways to securely secure IoT devices, and here are a few factors to consider for businesses.

 

Use device discovery to get complete visibility

The first thing an organization should do is figure out how many IoT devices are linked to its network. Identify which devices are linked to your network and retain a thorough, up-to-date list of all connected IoT devices, ideally with the help of a professional IoT security solution to guarantee that all devices are detected.

 

Make secure password practices a habit

Password-related cyberattacks on IoT devices continue to be driven by poor password security practices. Maintaining robust password security is therefore essential for securing your IoT devices.

 

Remember to patch and update your firmware

While most IT systems are capable of patching security problems through updates, most IoT devices aren’t, therefore security issues remain un-patched indefinitely. When it comes to IoT devices with extended shelf life, there’s always the possibility that the manufacturer will stop supporting them.

 

When launching a new IoT device, visit the manufacturer’s website to download new security updates for potential threats. Working with your IoT device manufacturers to build regular patch management and firmware upgrading plans is necessary to ensure your devices are routinely patched with the latest updates.

 

Always keep an eye on your IoT devices

For enterprises to manage their IoT risks, real-time monitoring, reporting, and alerting are essential. Deploy a real-time monitoring solution that integrates easily with your current security policy and next-generation firewall to continuously monitor the behavior of all your IoT endpoints that are network-connected.

 

 

Takeaway

It’s a good idea to help keep your networks safe and secure, just as you would protect yourself from cybercrime. Internet threats will continue to emerge as a result of the IoT. Implementing the tips described above is one of the best methods to better protect your IoT devices.

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