The Internet of Things is the buzzword that keeps on buzzing. Everything has the ability to fall under the category of IoT; from managing: your health, your home, your business; IoT is a catch all phrase, catching a lot of attention. Any IP-enabled device with connectivity to a network falls under the IoT umbrella.
IoT devices will continue to grow and as they do, securing sensitive information will be a challenge. Many companies are creating IP-enabled devices, often times on tight budgets, security for IP-enabled devices often falls short of standard requirements. As a consumer, you need to take proactive measures in protecting personal information. The ever annoying password is the most basic and important level of protection. Do not choose a password that is common, find something unique, a made up word or a random series of letters and numbers. Secondly, utilize a different password for every password protected portal.
Since IP-enabled devices can touch many different: devices, networks, cloud accounts and users; determining all your vulnerable points to secure IoT information is vital. Identify weak spots and determine the best protection for each touch point. Many organizations have employees working remotely, connecting to a network or other business devices. Take proper security measures to protect your clients and employees.
As a data storage provider, DSI ensures that data is secure throughout the entire backup and recovery process. IoT is an amazing technological advancement but comes with a whole new set of risk management needs. DSI provides encryption services for businesses to store and transfer sensitive data. Encryption alters words to unreadable algorithms, protecting information from potential security breaches. Encryption is an important layer in protecting IoT information effectively. There is not one magic security measure to take when protecting yourself from the Internet of Things, here are a few suggestions from DSI:
5 Ways to Protect IoT
- Encryption of data
- Utilize strong password habits
- Identify weak spots in devices, networks, cloud and users
- Always work on secure wireless connections
- When updates are available, use them! A lot of times companies identify a security weakness, then release an update to address the security issue.
- Leo Salvaggio, VP of Sales