Mobile and IoT Security Best practices at the Office
IoT security professionals should consider these IoT security solutions for the billions of IoT devices and mobile devices used within organizations. Cisco infographic research shows that the number “things” connected via the internet is greater than the number of people connected in 2008. Many analysts began reporting that there were more devices connected to the internet than people started to connect in 2014.
Consider every mobile device as a gateway to your network. The device is vulnerable if it has only the minimum security available. You can achieve effective security by following mobile and IoT security best practice.
Keep up with the latest updates
Although some updates can be slow-moving, it is essential to apply them, especially if they are security updates. These updates were likely created in response to attacks that have already occurred and can still occur to those who are not protected by the update.
Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication wherever possible
Many mobile services offer multi-factor authentication, which allows them to send a code on login attempts. This code must be entered after the password. Passwords must contain numbers, letters, capital letters, special characters, and letters. This makes it almost impossible to “figure out.”
Always-On IoT Devices means Always Vulnerable
Each mobile device can communicate with other devices via multiple methods, including wi-fi and 4G-LTE. Although it may seem easier to keep these on all the time, this is equivalent to leaving doors open at all hours. Turn them off when not in use.
Mobile management systems that work well include the ability to “brick”, or remotely wipe out, a lost device. The data is more valuable than the device.
There are many attractive apps available, but installing malware-infected ones can be dangerous. Each application should be approached with deep suspicion. You can prove that the application is legitimate and safe.
Defense against default
Many operating systems and applications are installed with many security settings disabled. These settings should be turned on whenever and wherever possible. Although it is less convenient to have more security features activated on your device, nothing is worse than having to recover after an attack.
Why does IoT require security?
Consider how Industrial Control Systems (ICS), work to fully appreciate the Internet of Things’ exposure. Sensors are placed throughout a building to measure the temperature, lighting, and people present. All of these sensors report back to ICS, which adjusts thermostats and opens and closes vents. It also turns on and off lights based on current conditions. Services to a section of the building may be shut down if nobody is present. This not only ensures comfort and convenience but also drastically reduces the cost of HVAC and power consumption.
Imagine a building in Phoenix, Arizona, or Houston, Texas during the summer. A hacker enters the building’s ICS to shut down all air conditioning. Talk about disruption of operations. Soon, everyone in the building will have to flee the heat.
Exploited cameras can give unauthorized parties access to offices and other locations. Once compromised, exploited microphones in internet-attached devices, such as personal assistants can be used to spy on others.
Access challenges are similar to those faced by mobile devices. Every “thing” that is connected to a network presents access problems. Each one of these “things” can be compromised, opening up billions of doors to networks and potentially exposing billions of other devices. Here are 8 ways businesses were hacked because they didn’t secure IoT devices. It is crucial to have a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to protect all “things” that will be installed.
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