The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that, broadly speaking, includes any electronic device that can connect to the internet. And not just obvious devices like cellphones and laptops—point of sale devices, security systems, and home automation systems are among the many overlooked devices that remain continuously connected to the internet. It’s safe to say that IoT has revolutionized the way we live and work, allowing for unprecedented levels of automation and convenience.
However, IoT devices collect and transmit sensitive data, making them a prime target for cybercriminals. And due to the nature of their interconnectivity, criminals no longer need physical access to the target device. Small businesses utilizing IoT devices face the challenge of balancing the need for security with the need to leverage the benefits of automation. Device security is critical to ensuring data integrity and maintaining customer trust.
Security must be considered at a device level and a network level. Encryption and secure boot processes are essential components of device security, as they protect sensitive data and prevent malicious software from being loaded onto the device. Network security best practices include implementing firewalls, antivirus software, and user education and awareness. Updating and patching devices is also critical to address security vulnerabilities, improve performance, and ensure compatibility with the latest software and hardware.
Despite the many benefits, some small business owners may be hesitant to update and patch their devices or make sure their network is properly secured. But the risks of not doing so far outweigh the benefits. By implementing fundamental IoT security concepts, even small businesses can ensure device security, data security, and customer trust. Onward can set up and secure your workplace to defend against threats to IoT. Contact us today for details.