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Tips on Navigating Security Issues with the Internet of Things

Last Updated: 11/27/2018

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT). This term refers to a network of smart devices – everything from home lighting systems to refrigerators, garage doors, and, yes – phones. Once connected, these smart devices can communicate with one another, creating “smart homes” and “smart offices.” It is incredibly convenient when your refrigerator can communicate to you through your phone that you are out of milk – or when you receive alerts that let you know that lights are on or doors are unlocked. However, the Internet of Things also presents new security challenges to IT professionals. At RCC Business IT, we provide the very best in firewall protection and network security, and we work hard to find innovative solutions to new potential problems.

Potential Problems Presented by the Internet of Things

IoT works best for businesses when they have large numbers of connected smart devices. However, when several smart devices are in play, they present more opportunities for hackers, identity thieves, and other types of security breaches.

Here are the most common security issues associated with IoT.

  • A compromised IoT device may allow a malicious actor to access a company’s network.
  • IoT devices in the same network as those specifically used to attack a business’ networks may also present gateways to sensitive data. This is the main problem with device connection.

Fortunately, tech experts have already identified solutions to Internet of Things security risks, and they are constantly improving their methods. Concerning these issues, Dariusz Jemielniak, a Wikimedia Foundation fellow, has stated the following.

“Current technology already offers much higher levels of security than the market actually uses; there is a scope for radical improvement if people demand it.”

How RCC Business IT Can Make Your Network More Secure in the Age of IoT

RCC Business IT offers cutting edge network security and IT solutions, including firewall and virus protection, wireless security, and helpdesk solutions. Call us RIGHT NOW at (586) 752-5158 for a FREE IT audit. Or, if you have any questions about the services and advantages we provide, please reach out to us through the contact form on our website.

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