By 2020, 24 billion IoT devices are estimated to be installed. If business owners don’t take the proper steps to secure them, data could be lost or exposed to the public as a direct result of their actions – or lack thereof. So, what can be done about it? Here are some nuggets of wisdom:
- Insider threat is always a possibility
It’s what you always have to keep in mind. Insiders can collect and expose sensitive private information, so the solution is to monitor who gets to access them.
- Devise an IoT breach plan
Sometimes, a cybersecurity breach cannot be avoided despite all the best practices. You should decide in advance what should happen in the event a device becomes infected. Should it merely be rebooted or disconnected entirely?
- Put real-time monitoring in place
A good real-time monitoring solution should allow you to identify and prevent hacking attempts in real-time.
- Only connect what is absolutely necessary
This is a general rule of thumb but adhering to it sure does come in handy. If a certain device does not need to be connected to the network in order to remain operational, then there is no reason to connect it. Doing so would only introduce a potential cybersecurity risk that’s unnecessary.
- Follow common sense
Strong passwords, managing account access, and checking for updates on a regular basis are the basics. In no circumstance should you ever consider using the default username and password, these login credentials are essentially known to the public and can be guessed with minimal effort.