One of the most important questions to ask about your business’s security is, how many
access points does your network have? Take a moment to see if you can think of a
number. In addition to workstations, don’t forget to include laptops, cell phones, and
other mobile devices. Got a number? What about Internet of Things devices like
printers, TVs, and telecommunication systems? If your operation is small, you
may be able to account for every single piece of technology that has access to your network,
but for most small business owners, there are just too many.
When you realize that each of those devices is a potential doorway for a hacker to walk
right through, grab sensitive information, and exit again unbeknownst to you, the
importance of having security protocols in place becomes readily apparent — especially
considering that small-business hacking is on the rise. According to Symantec’s 2016
Internet Security Threat Report, 43% of cyber-attacks in 2015 targeted small
businesses, an increase of 9% from the previous year and 25% up from 2011. About 1
in 40 small businesses is at risk of becoming a cyber-crime victim, and with each device
(accounted for or not) that is added to your network, your chances increase.
Below are a few security implications to consider when adding IoT devices to your network:
More Gadgets, More Problems
If you don’t know how many devices have access to your network — and the chances are
good that you don’t — and you want to increase security for your business and clients,
the first step you need to take is to complete an inventory of all internet-capable
devices. A company-wide inventory is a large enough undertaking on its own without
having to worry about the refrigerator or the climate control system that sends and
receives data. In fact, you may not even know that these machines have access to the
Internet through your network since you probably weren’t the one to set them up. One of
the best workarounds to this type of problem is having a brokered connection, which
layers the controls of access that you have in place.
Smart Devices Require Smarter People
It’s not the IoT device itself, but rather the person trying to exploit that device that you
have to worry about. We often forget that our IoT devices share information over the
network, which means they don’t get the attention they deserve when it comes time to
re-up security measures. Without regular maintenance, these gadgets will begin to look
more and more like a target to those who want to access your information, and then
they will be as smart as the hacker who has control of them. With a capable,
experienced team of IT professionals on your side, you can make sure that your
business outsmarts any and all threats.
There are so many ways that your network can grant unwanted access to cyber threats
that just thinking about it can be overwhelming. Luckily, you don’t have to strain yourself
if you have the right people for the job. If you believe that your devices might be
compromising your network’s sensitive data, or if you simply want to learn more about
maintaining your IoT gadgets, contact the experts at nQuery Solutions. As the leading telecom
solutions company in the Miami area, nQuery is best equipped to integrate your Miami-based
business with today’s IoT technology.
As the founder of nQuery Telecom Solutions, Emilio Diaz uses his 20+ years of
experience in the telecom business to help build cost-effective telecom solutions for
businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government institutions. His experience as an
innovative technology entrepreneur and a long-term business owner gives him intuitive insight
to help boost productivity and maximize future growth.
You can reach Emilio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-760-8491.