IoT Security High Priority
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely considered to be one of the most innovative technological movements in recent years.
As cyber attacks are a more prevalent threat, IoT security is becoming a higher priority for both users and device manufacturers. With billions of IoT devices now in existence, we must take steps to secure them.
Improving IoT security has proven to be no simple task. One of the most challenging aspects is that there is such a vast and diverse range of IoT device types from consumer devices to complex manufacturing and industrial systems. With the specialized nature of these devices, manufacturers must also take into account the need for secure devices deployed outside of an enterprise security perimeter as well as the challenge of producing devices with prolonged life cycles despite evolving security requirements.
While it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the challenges surrounding IoT security, there are steps consumers can take right now to secure their devices. An obvious but often overlooked defense against cyber threats is to secure IoT devices with passwords as well as two-factor authentication. The truth of the matter is that IoT devices are very insecure, so changing a default password to one that is longer and more complex can make a world of difference when it comes to data protection. Performing regular updates is also essential as manufactures are constantly improving their products’ security.
Another precaution consumers can take is to secure the networks their IoT devices are connecting to. Even if individual devices are secure, hackers can gain access to your information through the main network. A virtual private network (VPN) can be used to take all the information traveling throughout the network and encrypt it, obscuring all data sent over the network. Another option is to add a firewall to the network so that potential attacks can be filtered out before IoT devices are affected.
Lastly, old devices pose a major threat to IoT security. Older models of IoT devices have weaker security protocols as well as forgotten passwords. These older devices serve as network access points that should be secured immediately. If they are no longer being used, old devices should be disconnected from the network and even have factory resets performed on them.
Many efforts are being made to increase IoT security starting with the creation of a comprehensive security standard. The Digital Standard is developing an open source digital privacy and security standard that can be utilized by IoT device manufacturers, digital platform and services providers as well as consumer software developers.
At SURE Universal, we have developed a complete software defined platform for the smart home and IoT. We take pride in the fact that we not only make our customers’ lives easier through the use of IoT, but also in that we prioritize IoT security and the protection of our customers’ data. For more information on SURE Platform and to find out how SURE Universal can help your company and products, please contact us.