You might have heard the term IOT in the recent couple of years, but the reality is the concept of connected devices has been around much longer. The technologist Mike Kuniavsky, a pioneer of IOT technology, characterizes it as a state of being in which “computation and data communication [are] embedded in, and distributed through, our entire environment.”
The world of IoT is huge and diverse that is not only confined to smartphones or washing machine. The Internet of Things is reshaping life as we know it from the home to the office and beyond. The quest to connect the physical world with the internet to improve the quality of life for consumers has become a key strategy for the world’s leading tech, marketing and strategy teams. IoT has touched every facet of our lives from building, home automation, smart cities, smart factories, wearables to smart manufacturing.
According to newgenapps- IoT smart devices have a deeper penetration in manufacturing, healthcare, and business than in our homes or phones. By 2025 the global worth of IoT tech is projected at $6.2 trillion, with the maximum value from healthcare ($2.5 trillion) and manufacturing ($2.3 trillion).
With the growing number of IoT devices are becoming a part of our everyday life both at home and on the job, cybersecurity experts are pointing out to the different area- Security. The Internet of Things is comprised of a wildly diverse range of device types- from small to large, from simple to complex – from consumer gadgets to sophisticated systems found in DoD, utility and industrial/manufacturing systems. Unfortunately, many of these systems are still vulnerable. In the absence of proper regulation and IoT standards, IoT device hacks have become a dangerous reality.
Keep your IoT devices behind the firewall as best you can and avoid connecting your devices directly to the Internet. At the very least, all web traffic should be using HTTPS, transport layer security (TLS), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), DNS security extensions, and other secure protocols for communications with management stations and across the Internet.
If you would like to reduce the chances for security breaches it is crucial to have the latest patches and updates to your firmware. IOT devices that are connected to mobile apps or other remote gateways should use encrypted protocols as well as encrypt data stored on flash drives.
It’s very important to pick strong passwords, but you must also make sure that you pick a different password for every device. If a hacker manages to get one of your passwords, they will typically try it with other services and devices. Reusing passwords is not a good idea. Use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords.
When software updates are issued, immediately install them. With the discovery of bugs and security vulnerabilities, IoT vendors will release a software update that remediates the detected vulnerabilities.
You need to adopt appropriate cybersecurity tactics in order to maintain the privacy and security of IOT devices. Its purpose is to defend those assets against all threat elements throughout the entire life cycle of a cyber attack.