Do you know about the internet of things? If not, you should, as it could present some serious security risks for your business. In fact, some experts predict that it will pose the greatest cybersecurity challenge we've ever had to face. Here's what you need to know about the internet of things as it relates to your cybersecurity
The Internet Of Things
The internet of things (IoT for short) consists of devices that can connect to each other and the internet to share data. We aren't referring to the usual devices like laptops, phones, and tablets here. The IoT is made of up of all the smaller devices — devices that you may be surprised to find out are security vulnerabilities. Things like printers, manufacturing equipment, security cameras, and even your employees watch. To see an example of how the IoT can be used by criminals for nefarious purposes, we must look no further than the 2016 Dyn cyberattack.
The Dyn Cyberattack
In October of 2016, the internet was brought to its knees. Cyber attackers flooded Dyn, a company providing domain name registration services, with junk internet traffic. This took them down for some time, and since many major websites relied on Dyn a huge portion of the internet was rendered useless as well. Most of this junk traffic came from unassuming devices like printers, IP cameras, and even baby monitors. This is a more extreme scenario, but it's just one of the many ways that cybercriminals can use the IoT to take down a business.
Take Control Of Your Devices With Smart IT Solutions
So many businesses already have critical vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure and most are doing nothing at all about it. These problems aren't going to go away, in fact, they'll only get worse as more and more devices become internet enabled. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do right now to secure your devices. Here are a few suggestions:
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