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The Role of IoT in CybersecurityBy CIOAdvisor Apac | Friday, March 29, 2019
As the technologies are advancing, industries are provided with this never-ending list of technologies which claims that they are transforming the face of cybersecurity. Indeed, the offerings by these technologies did accomplish their goals in providing a secure environment; however, it does not imply that the quest for cybersecurity stops or even slows down. Also, as the Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting more and more devices, it is exploding with new possibilities that may hamper the cybersecurity.
• Growing Devices, Growing Concern
The IoT has blossomed at a rapid pace as smart devices have made lives easy, but it also poses a danger. If a hacker can access just one device, imagine how easy will it be for him to have access to the plenty others which are connected with the former. Places like educational institutions, offices, hospitals have computers, tablets, phones, and more. All of these include enormous amounts of data which can be hampered by cyber actors.
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With more devices connecting there are greater possibilities for cybercriminals to try their luck which imply that cybersecurity experts need to buckle up and be prepared for the adversaries.
• How to Keep IoT Devices and Data Safe?
The IoT is snowballing, and in a rush for convenience, privacy and safety is often an afterthought for industries. These fundamental problems can lead to significant issues if systems aren’t adequately guided. Below mentioned are a few among them.
1. Don’t connect the devices unless it is necessary.
2. Robust and Unique passwords for every device.
3. Avoid using personal devices in the workplace.
4. Make sure to track and assess the devices.
IoT helps one to have a different view of digital communications. Cloud platforms which were once backup hard drives- now they are work centers; information is now shared in new ways in every user segment. However, for better or worse there is no stopping of IoT. Devices are multiplying, and hackers are becoming smart; therefore IoT has a lot of work ahead to provide a more secure environment; the time to start is right now.