Is Your IoT Device Safe and Secure? Managing Security Risks Still a Concern for Many!

Of late, most news portals are focusing on one thing: Internet of Things (IoT) security breaches. This is due to two reasons: (1) the explosive growth of IoT has garnered the attention of everyone around the world; (2) the security breaches could impact every user owning a IoT product at home or anywhere.

Whatever it is, the introduction of IoT products into the market has transformed the lives of users, no denying that! Nevertheless, vulnerabilities in connected devices leading to security risks/hacks can’t be taken lightly as malfunctions/threats/hacks could be detrimental to users.

Tripwire, a leading technology contributor, contacted 403 IT professionals that are leading the digital security for respective industries to have their views on how they are prepared to face IoT challenges. The report hints at industry heads are staring at 94% increase in vulnerabilities and risk in near future and many organizations aren’t prepared to face the malicious attacks.

IoT Survey - Security and Threats

Some common security risks associated with IoT products are:

  • DDoS attacks
  • Phishing attacks
  • Hacking

This post aims at highlighting some of the recommendations for upper management to balance the security risks when dealing with IoT devices.

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Here are the recommendations for improving connected devices security for hassle-free use.

  1. Reset default passwords and recycle new passwords.

A most common reason for security breach in IoT devices is using passwords with poor strengths/same password for accessing network for a prolong time. Hackers can easily poke a hole in the router and hack your password to create huge troubles for your devices accessibility.

  1. Power cycle your devices

Disconnect your devices from the network and connect again to avoid security lapse caused using data stored in memory.

  1. Keep device software up-to-date.

Make sure the devices connected to the network are updated on a regular basis. Setting strong and difficult to identify passwords for the router, WiFi networks can beef up the security further.

  1. Connect your devices when needed, not always!

Having hooked up to the devices always can lead to security breach and it is recommended to connect to the network of devices only there is a specific need.

  1. Track and assess devices.

Keeping a track on the traffic inflow to your connected devices and assessing the software update on a routine can help you avoid IoT security threats. Unknown devices connected to your network should be assessed and addressed immediately to avoid hardships.

You can also make use of the Forbes’ list of hot Internet of Things security technologies to enhance the safety of your connected devices.

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