Combating Threats Posed by IoT

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, November 30, 2018

A few years ago only mobile phones and computers were connected to networks, but with the advent of IoT, a whole new platoon of everyday appliances like television sets, refrigerators, and air conditioners are coming online. It has been estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 40 billion connected devices across the globe. The biggest challenge will be to keep these devices protected and thus will require a huge expansion of the scope of what we call digital protection.

IoT devices are getting connected to wider corporate networks and are becoming vulnerable to severe breaches. This is elevating the threat of data security for even small enterprises that have adopted IoT. The devices and systems in the IoT are not intelligent outside of their intended purpose, which basically means that they are not capable of reporting on threats if another hostile sensor is being attached to their network or any changes are being made to their core system. To combat these challenges, organizations should ensure that the IoT devices are patched properly with the latest security-related inputs. It is not feasible to update the IoT devices manually every time. Thus to dry run the inputs on a test device and to check if the update performs correctly can be an ideal remedy. Performing risk assessments and incorporating the findings into data protection strategies should also be considered by organizations. Enterprises need to adapt to the changes as soon as possible and consider data protection to be their foremost duty if they want to carry on their business seamlessly.

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