Securing the Internet of Things - Square 1 Products

Securing the Internet of Things

20th September 2018

Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. By 2020 there will be a minimum of 26 billion connected devices around the world.

So what Is the Internet Of Things?
In the simplest of terms it is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to an Internet connection. This includes everything from your mobile phones and tablets to components of data centres. As long as it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.

How Does IoT affect business?
With the increase in IoT, it seems like anything that can be connected will be connected. Meaning your businesses infrastructure will have the ability to confidently and accurately provide and share information between devices to increase the productivity of your business.

IoT can be applied to create a smart work environment, which will help us reduce wasting time on small tasks and improve efficiency within your business. It’s not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic as it provides a lot of opportunities that can be applied to how we operate on a daily basis.

Does IoT have an effect on security?
Security is a big issue that is often highlighted when discussing IoT. As more and more devices become more connected thanks to IoT, security and privacy have become the primary concern among businesses. Especially as the protection of sensitive data is ranked as the top concern amongst enterprises.

With billions of devices being connected together, what can people do to make sure that their information stays secure? There’s no way to stop IoT being a part of your business, but being on top of your business security can prevent any attack.

The fundamental security weakness of the IoT is that it increases the number of devices behind your network’s firewall. Ten years ago, most of us had to only worry about protecting our computers. Five years ago, we had to worry about protecting our smartphones as well. Now we have to worry about protecting our car, our home appliances, our wearables, and many other IoT devices.

How Square 1 can increase security with IoT
All too often business revenue’s come first and can incidentally mean the importance of a secure system is overlooked. Your customers want to be sure they are working with businesses that are secure and put security of their business first. Making sure your organisation is prepared for any potential cyber hack from devices in your network.

Fortunately, Square 1 Products have recently been working with a number of communities on a new Government initiative called Cyber Essentials. Cyber Essentials is an opportunity for your IT infrastructure to be securely tested from outside penetration, with incentives in place for upgrading IT hardware where it has been identified it is most urgently needed.

Why not get in touch with us today

For an informal conversation with more detail, contact us about a Cyber Essential security audit today on 01925 530 111 or email enquiries@square1products.com

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