The biggest concern around the Internet of Things (IoT) is making sure that networks, data and devices connected to them are secure. Therefore, providing IoT security becomes a significant challenge when protecting devices from harmful attacks and unauthorized access.
The Internet of Things is penetrating deep into our lives with more and more devices connected to the internet. IoT devices are making things convenient for users, and securing IoT becomes a priority. Here are three effective ways to improve IoT security:
The devices connected to IoT can be secured by implementing active security measures in their software. Providing security measures such as password protection for accessing the software is one of the ways to safeguard devices from threats and potential attacks. Passwords can be in the form of digital codes, static or dynamic, confidential to the user. Another method to provide IoT security is to restrict the use of internet on the connected devices. Blocking a program behind a firewall or restricting usage to only certain features of the software, saving critical data from leaking. All the devices connected to the network should be updated to the latest software. Constant monitoring for potential threats should be put into practice and immediate resolution should be sought for bugs and security loopholes found during an inspection.
It is an excellent practice to keep the IoT devices connected to their own private network. The devices should be restricted in their interaction with the main network. This ensures that the devices are connected to the internet but won't have access to critical files. The segregated network can be configured and managed from a centralized location. Investing in device access management tools is also a good option. Device access management tools allow controlling which device can access what data, and prevent unauthorized access.
Hacking techniques have advanced over the past few years. It poses a significant threat to IoT security. It becomes imperative for businesses to protect themselves from advanced hacking attacks on their systems. The security measures implemented for protection must ensure that the devices connected on the IoT cannot be spoofed easily. All IoT devices should have their unique identity. The IT and security department responsible for providing a secure network must ensure that each of the devices connected is legitimate.
With the advent of IoT devices in homes and offices, hackers have also developed cunning ways to exploit the flaws present in these devices. Adopting the security practices mentioned above can help prevent a variety of IoT attacks.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.