How Can We Reduce the Security Risk of Smart Devices?
network infrastructure. 85% of surveyed organizations say they have a dedicated IoT project budget. However, IoT poses a serious risk to a business network if it’s not properly secured. 76% of risk professionals say that smart internet-connected devices leave companies at risk of cyberattacks. Attacks have also been going up in recent years. In 2019, IoT device attacks skyrocketed by 300%. You can enjoy the convenience and productivity benefits of smart devices without worrying about being hacked, it just takes knowing how to properly secure them through best practices.
Best Practices for IoT Security at Your Office
Immediately Change Device Usernames & Passwords Smart devices come with manufacturer default logins to allow you to access the setup and device administration. But these logins are not secure and need to be changed as the first step in your setup process for an IoT device. On average, IoT devices get attacked in as little as 5 minutes of being set up, so time is of the essence. If you tell yourself that you’ll “change the password later,” later may be too late.
Use a Strong Password One mistake that many companies make is to add a router password that is easy, so all employees will remember it. But this is like leaving a twist tie on your front door for security instead of deadbolt. For any IoT devices, including routers, make sure you use a strong password, which has:
A minimum of 10 characters
At least one upper-case letter
At least one symbol
At least one number
Is unique, and not used somewhere else
Be Non-Descript When Naming the Device If you name a device “Redfield front door security camera,” you’ve just given a hacker important information about that device if they’re able to discover it on a network. You want to keep your IoT device names (SSIDs) as generic as possible, so they don’t identify the following information:
Your company name
Device type (security cam, etc.)
Device location (conference room, front door, etc.)
Your physical address