(707) 268-8850    Get SUPPORT

Network Management Services Blog

Tip of the Week: The Internet of Things Poses Threats to Your Organization's Network

Tip of the Week: The Internet of Things Poses Threats to Your Organization's Network

The Internet of Things has become one of the central parts of connectivity in a tech-centric world. Despite the incredible convenience that these devices offer to users, they come with considerable security risks that absolutely need to be kept in mind. We’re going to discuss some of the ways you can keep the IoT from being a security hazard while optimizing how much you get out of it.

Does the Device Need Connectivity?
The first question you should ask about your IoT device is if it actually needs to be connected or not. The reason for this is simple; the more connected devices on your company’s network, the more risk will be involved with your network. Certain IoT devices could be leveraged by hackers and other dangerous entities to spy on you, steal your data, or track your current location. If the device is worth the risk, you could potentially take advantage of great services that you might otherwise not get. If it’s not worth it, though, perhaps you’re better off not using the device. If the device is that of an employee, you should ask them to leave it disconnected during the day.

Have You Optimized Security?
In any environment where you’re using an IoT device, you need to make sure that security is at the top of its game. Ensure that all of your firmware is updated, as well as any security patches to fix any major vulnerabilities that might be present on your network have been applied. To make things easier, this process can largely be automated. You should also consider investigating your router to make sure that it’s updated properly as well.

It is also worth mentioning that your router may support guest networking, which means that you can use this capability to protect your business network from the risks of the IoT. By relegating IoT devices to the guest network, you can protect the business side of things from potential issues.

Passwords are a great way to make sure that security is at its maximum. You should never reuse passwords for devices or accounts. If these guidelines are followed, you’ll have easier time keeping your accounts from being compromised.

Make Sure Your Devices Are Maintained and Monitored
Your business should have practices put into place that promote transparency with the ongoing use of Internet of Things devices. For example, you should be monitoring user permissions.

Most of your IoT device issues can be resolved just by asking yourself one simple question: Do you even need the devices in the office? If not, they shouldn’t be there.

If your business needs help with managing devices in the workplace, reach out to Network Management Services at (707) 268-8850.

CES 2018 Showcases Upcoming Technology
Credit Card and Identity Theft and What to Do If I...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, August 19 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Cloud Best Practices Network Security Privacy Business Computing Managed IT Services Malware Hackers Data Backup Backup VoIP Google Hosted Solutions Innovation Outsourced IT Data Recovery Mobile Devices Email IT Support Tech Term Software Cloud Computing Microsoft Data Business Continuity Efficiency Internet of Things BDR Communications Saving Money Hardware Internet Cybercrime Ransomware Business IT Services Cybersecurity Small Business User Tips Smartphones Disaster Recovery Android Avoiding Downtime Gadgets Browser Managed IT Services Managed IT Network Server Computers Alert Smartphone Windows How To Artificial Intelligence Communication BYOD Productivity Business Management Save Money Miscellaneous Business Intelligence Chrome Data Security Data Protection Social Media Phishing Money Mobility Mobile Device Management Two-factor Authentication Vulnerability Collaboration Passwords Law Enforcement Router Social Engineering Facebook Proactive IT Word Remote Monitoring Applications IT Support Budget Identity Theft Virtualization Operating System Office 365 Blockchain Flexibility Compliance Upgrade Windows 10 Telephone Systems VPN Spam Redundancy Firewall Connectivity Managed Service Provider Productivity Computer Bandwidth Document Management Private Cloud Quick Tips Value Apps Update Networking Employer-Employee Relationship Public Cloud Microsoft Office Unsupported Software Access Control Content Management Paperless Office Bring Your Own Device Smart Tech Data storage Servers Data Storage Information Big Data Office Tips File Sharing Website Mobile Device Credit Cards Spam Blocking Analysis App Solid State Drive Workers Hacking Holiday Windows 10 Infrastructure Password Data loss Data Breach Automation Comparison Business Owner Physical Security OneNote Wi-Fi Government IT Management Information Technology Content Filtering Windows 7 Work/Life Balance Google Drive IT Plan CES IoT Recovery Electronic Medical Records Network Congestion IBM Computing Infrastructure Regulations Business Mangement Addiction Safety Humor Cast The Internet of Things Files Frequently Asked Questions Millennials Unified Communications Thought Leadership Save Time Marketing Hacker Downtime Safe Mode Encryption YouTube Apple MSP Lifestyle Online Shopping Reputation Computer Fan HVAC Internet Exlporer Skype IT Consultant Gmail HaaS Cache Strategy Supercomputer Excel Workforce Theft Streaming Media Unified Threat Management Root Cause Analysis Hybrid Cloud Botnet Hard Drives iPhone Software Tips Mobile Computing Evernote Authentication Customer FENG Enterprise Content Management End of Support Start Menu Students HIPAA Emergency Google Docs Insurance Leadership Monitor History Flash Recycling Wireless Internet Entertainment SaaS Managed Service Workplace Tips USB Tip of the week Telecommuting Google Apps Content Filter Cleaning Netflix Meetings Business Technology Travel Patch Management Wireless Charging Nanotechnology Training Password Management Internet exploMicrosoft Mobile Human Resources Healthcare Data Warehousing Voice over Internet Protocol Fraud PDF Practices Black Market Windows 10s eWaste Wire Accountants Current Events Cortana Windows Server 2008 Remote Work Storage Data Management Computer Care Settings Office Virtual Assistant Scam HBO Fiber-Optic NIST Advertising Professional Services Staff Electronic Health Records Keyboard Multi-Factor Security Amazon Hosted Computing webinar User Error Sync Criminal Sports Hosted Solution Knowledge Colocation Password Manager Samsung Relocation Screen Mirroring Telephone System Software as a Service Augmented Reality Hiring/Firing Health Outlook Specifications Cables Devices Charger Emails CrashOverride Cryptocurrency Tools Digital Signature Machine Learning Wireless Technology Trending Amazon Web Services Inventory Education Conferencing Audit Telephony Legal Smart Office Risk Management Content Fun Regulation Music Benefits Webinar Scalability Worker Best Practice Politics Public Computer Shadow IT Customer Relationship Management Administration Audiobook Loyalty Competition WiFi Company Culture Wearable Technology Smart Technology IT solutions IP Address Remote Worker Virtual Reality Rootkit Users Employer Employee Relationship Customer Service Search Managing Stress Automobile Mobile Office Domains Wiring Worker Commute Proactive Computer Accessories Wireless Instant Messaging Troubleshooting Two Factor Authentication Public Speaking Vendor Management Video Games Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Battery Bluetooth Assessment Presentation How to Techology Twitter Lithium-ion battery Transportation Remote Computing Experience 5G Line of Business Tech Support Books Television