As data continues to grow, Internet of Things is not a far-off term now. Within no time, IOT has made possible, devices and machines to talk to one another, irrespective of geographical barriers and get connected digitally, influencing every aspect of our lives, including our offices, homes, cars and even our bodies. It has offered great opportunities to businesses, for jumping into the fast lane, to become more efficient and bring innovative products to the market.
The Internet of Things has fundamentally changed the way most enterprises think about connectivity. The companies can now have a quicker and more reliable access to real-time data than they had before. Businesses implement IOT for data collection and revenue generation. But with enhanced and improved connectivity, security concerns have also come into picture. IOT has been becoming an attractive target for cyber-criminals. Additionally, more connected devices connote more possibilities of attacks; unless initiatives are taken to address the rising security concern.
No doubt, if you own a business, the risks get potentially high: with IP address and personal data stored on connected devices, hackers can easily intrude and misuse the private information. To avoid such scenarios, securing multiple points of vulnerability, be it a laptop, a smart TV, a regulator in an industrial plant or anything; security is a major challenge for organizations that requires immediate attention.
Thus, to ensure smooth functioning at your organization, access control, data authentication and client privacy should be properly established. Each device should have a unique identification for authentication. Enterprises should be able to fetch all the particulars about these connected devices and stockpile them for audit. Also, a legal framework must take into account, the core technology into account.
Although, this technology is still in its formative years, and has a long way to go it drives the whole industry. For now, the best thing would be to isolate these devices on a separate network, with the use of virtual local area networks that are protected by firewalls or at the least, with screening routers to ensure security.