What is the internet of things? Straight from the words of google; “the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.” That is pretty broad. The internet of things, includes your Apple Watch, or the Nest Thermostat that you can control with your phone. Additionally items like “Alexa” from Amazon. So now that you have a better idea of what those are, let’s get into why they are a HUGE security risk. Make sure that you have the right IT Security in Place. Denver Computer Techs offer IT Security for small businesses in Denver, Colorado.
A security report from Gemalto looked into 950 companies and of those companies 48% of them use IoT devices and don’t have any measures in place to detect if those devices are hacked. They could go for months or even years without knowing that their “Smart Lights” are secretly being used to report all wifi network information to malicious hackers.
This is bad for your small business because when you bought the Nest Thermostat, your intentions were to save money on your A/C bill. It is likely that you will be doing just that. As long as your network is properly setup. Behind a firewall and with your WiFi connection being monitored with Cisco Meraki Software and Hardware.
First, it is terrible for consumers because most consumers do not have a firewall in place that can detect intrusions and hacks on IoT devices. Additionally, most of the WiFi networks in homes are not protected further than an encrypted password. This means that consumer networks are the perfect hosts for hacking IoT devices in homes.
A few important things you can do to protect yourself from IoT hackers. First, make sure that you change your network password often. Every 90 days will work just fine. Second, make sure that if you are a small business that your network is protected by a “Managed” firewall. Finally, if you notice anything suspicious going on with your IoT items, call an expert!
If you think that your IoT Devices have been compromised. Please call us at 720-413-8909 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of our services click here!