5 Things to Know About IoT Security

By Marianne Chrisos - Last Updated on January 6, 2020
5 Things to Know About IoT Security

The list of what is connected on the Internet of Things is growing every day – are you protected?

As more products become part of the Internet of Things, here are 5 things to know about IoT security.

The Internet of Things (Iot) can be described as heightened connectivity. An example is a thermostat that can be controlled by your smartphone, but the list of things is growing every day. Cars, refrigerators, lamps, and TVs are all now part of the ever-expanding IoT list. And just like everything connected to the internet, there are always security concerns to consider, mostly in the form of data and privacy to be protected.

5 Things to Know About IoT Security

Most Threats are Related to Theft

One of the most common computer security threats is the danger of identity theft. Because IoT products use Wi-Fi and mobile data networks to transmit the data needed to connect with the IoT product, there is a danger of someone accessing personal information. Another danger is hacking that leads to theft of actual (as opposed to digital) property. Things like door locks and garage doors can now be controlled with apps and with that comes the danger that a person could intercept the data used to open said doors and then reuse it at a later time to enter a property and steal anything inside.

Businesses are Using IoT as much as Individuals

Warehouses, companies with remote workers, and plenty of other business areas are utilizing more and more IoT technology and connectivity. That means that not only is personal employee information at risk, but so is company and product information. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure that IoT networks are both properly used and protected.

Some Places and Products are More Vulnerable than Others

The Internet of Things Institute did a study of what products and industries are most at risk to security threats. Their list includes industrial facilities, cars, medical devices, and even certain types of city infrastructure.

There are Good IoT Security Solutions

Some IoT programs come with built-in security, like encryption, but security has largely been an afterthought in the creating of many of these products. Still, plenty of programs now exist to fill in this security gap. Companies like Symantec have created custom IoT security architecture that uses multi-faceted and comprehensive security protocols like device certifications, authentication, and more, to help protect the sensitive data of both businesses and individuals.

Training is Crucial

Whether it’s companies including safe use information in their IoT product guides for consumers to actively take part in their own Internet of Things security or IT departments running trainings when new technology is implemented at their business site, security is everyone’s job and the more people are educated and informed, the more protected and safe the growing IoT can be for everyone.

IoT development will likely continue to grow and offer businesses more connectivity and streamlined work options, but this also means that there is a larger potential risk for security issues. It’s encouraging, though, that security programs and solutions are already being developed early in the technology’s usage. Has your business utilized any IoT technology? Have you come into any safety concerns or security issues?

Marianne Chrisos | Born in Salem, Massachusetts, growing up outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently living near Dallas, Texas, Marianne is a content writer at a company near Dallas and contributing writer around the internet. She earned her master's degree in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago and has worked in publishing, advertising, digital marketing, and content strategy.

Marianne Chrisos | Born in Salem, Massachusetts, growing up outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently living near Dallas, Texas, Marianne is a content writer at a c...

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