The more connected systems become, the more open they are to a breach of security. The vast opportunities provided to us through the Internet of Things (IoT) is just one example of how new technology can give us incredible features and incredible risk. Whenever you are adding a new technology to your performance suite, you must consider new security measures. Here are some of the best practices in the industry to employ.
The organization must employ an Information Security Program that will serve as a standard for any new IoT device.
New technologies come with performance standards, and your company must meet the standards with its own. With many competing products on the market, one of the major concerns should be the security openings that a new technology is known to bring into a structure. In short, security compatibility must be a priority alongside performance compatibility.
The organization must employ mobile policy and enforcement measures that are specific to the mobile platform.
The world of mobile technology introduces an entirely new set of security requirements. Although they may be similar to traditional security standards, they are often different and much more inclined to change in a continuous manner. As commerce moves into the mobile space more and more, you can expect malicious users and hackers to follow. As they become more proficient in getting around mobile security, companies will have to counter with a new level of attention to security in the mobile space.
Business strategies must align with Information Security in order to influence and drive IoT security.
As companies begin to drive themselves using IoT tech, they must align their core strategies with an emphasis on information security. In past business generations, simply holding data in an offline hardware space could negate 95% of security breaches. This is simply not possible today – all data is coming into the cloud, and with good reason. The cloud is cheaper, more efficient, and when properly employed, secure as well. As long as a company makes it a priority to include security as a tenant of its overall business, the cloud and IoT will serve as a valuable resource and tool for connectivity.
Devices must include certain capabilities regardless of purpose.
All devices should include software/firmware update capabilities, system reset mechanisms, device support resources, manufacturer contact information, a support forum and a basic support label visible on the device.
IoT efforts must be audited and tracked regularly in order to ensure accuracy and updated security.
All business initiatives should be audited for best results. For IoT, this is especially prevalent. As a relatively new technology, all of the internal kinks have yet to be worked out. There is still a measure of volatility that may result as IoT devices are deployed, regardless of the skill of the user. Security must be consistently updated in order to maintain the validity of the system as well as the security of the business.
All new technology means new security. The sooner that a business understands this basic tenant of the modern landscape, the more successful it will be. Make sure that you are at the forefront of this new wave with a partner like Intrinium working for you.