The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining ground across the industries as it allows for establishing connections between all sorts of objects and devices over the internet. As the number of commercially available devices with supported internet connection rises, it has grown to include more “exotic” everyday devices such as fridges as well as complex manufacturing machinery. These devices deliver efficiency and savings, but they also cause distress on the account of the need to secure them against cyber-attacks which now take place across numerous vectors. Read on to discover what you can do to steel yourself against the cyber threats as a mature IoT user and where you can get advanced insights into more advanced ways of countering this threat!
- The first line of defense is to protect the IoT devices themselves. This is done by providing tamper detection and tamper resisting features with the IoT devices you want to secure. This will free you from burden of having to check the devices all the time, as some of them need to remain connected and operational 24/7. Securing the endpoints of these systems will prevent the attackers from getting hold of the sensitive data and establishing control over devices themselves.
- Do not ignore the networks. The drive to secure individual pieces of equipment connected as parts of the IoT may leave the network security to play a second fiddle. This is a mistake, as the networks are just as valid a vector for cyber-attacks. The first thing to do is to ensure that your authentication mechanisms are strong enough so as to deter attackers, combined with quality access control features as a second line of defense. By doing this, you will ensure that the networks can be accessed only by authorized personnel.
- Do not be afraid to act proactively to threats. Putting in place the processes that allow you to be informed of any suspicious activity at all times can save you a great deal of trouble. Grouped devices can be programmed to send notifications in case they are asked to engage in unusual activities which often act as precursors to full-on attacks. Decentralization can help here, as the spreading out of critical data across numerous devices prevents the attacker from taking over the entire system by controlling a single device. Keep an eye on blockchain as the technology built around high and secure decentralization.
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