by Shanthi Rajaram
In the mad rush organizations are making to take advantage of the vast potential and efficiencies that the Internet of Things provides, many organizations are forgetting about a crucial risk area: security. Hackers are well aware of this and know how to exploit your eagerness and vulnerability. Consider these alarming statistics:
Check Things Out Before You Hook Them Up
- There will be more than 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2020.
- 76% of risk professionals believe their IoT involvement will leave their organizations at risk.
- The average time it takes for an IoT device to be connected to the Internet before it is attacked is 5 minutes.
Be smart and be prepared!!
Here are some areas for which you should develop a strategy and to which you should devote resources as you commit to the Internet of Things:
- Invest in top-grade internet security software.
- Set strict identification, authentication, and password integrity processes.
- Ensure efficient data encryption is implemented.
- Update to the latest versions of product/software for optimal performance and minimized vulnerabilities.
- Deploy virtual private network to send and receive data across shared or public networks.
- Educate frequently and educate all. You are only as strong as your weakest link.
- Always have an up-to-date risk mitigation and recovery plan in place.
- Stick to dependable, well-tested security certified brands.
- Choose a flexible and scalable management platform that will support a broad range of IoT devices.
- Ensure device capabilities and functionalities are understood and configured appropriately.
- Audit, retire, and delink unused or out-of-date IoT devices in a timely manner.
Continue to review this list and update it on a regular basis to keep up with the ever-changing technology landscape and emerging information security threats.