The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a major buzzword afloat in the field of business and technology. The internet has been the most phenomenal to have happened in these fields. It has helped the enterprises in connecting multiple devices to a platform and getting the desired results using syncing of such devices. Now, enterprises are trying to take it further. They wish to connect common household items to the internet! Such a step creates chills every time it is heard by the masses, but it stands true.
However, every technological innovation comes with its own downsides. The Internet of Things is sure to make things complex with everything connected to the internet. It is expected that about 20 billion things connected to the internet by 2020. It poses a serious question as to the security of these things connected online. If you’re an enterprise and worried about the security of the IoT, then you’re at the right place. This article will guide you in enhancing your security to deal with the upcoming threats. Let’s proceed:
Integrate your executive team with the security specialists
Once the entire planning is made by the security specialist along with the executives of the enterprise, there is clarity in what exactly is needed for the business. The executives will help the security experts in developing a roadmap whereby security shall be the primary concern. Such a roadmap will lay down the ground from where core design of the business is laid without compromising on the security aspect. The integrated team will reduce the chances of any conflict and will ensure that both business and security concerns are well balanced. Vulnerabilities, if any, can be dealt with at the inception itself at not later.
Integrate IoT product development process to the best security practices
The business leader also has to play an important role in the development process of the IoT. The leaders know their business best. With their experience and expertise, they are aware of the vulnerabilities prevailing in their business. The leader knows the vulnerabilities and the security team knows how to patch them! The leader must make such team aware of the ‘soft-spots’, and possible financial impacts of an attack on the enterprise. The IoT development team will also make the leader aware of the cyber threats and the resources needed to deal with them.
Get your staff and customers involved
The staff must be well-trained in helping the organization in case of need. They may also be instrumental in devising the plan, and for their proper execution. Frontline staff must also be trained to deal with customers and help them resolve all their issues.
The customers, on the other hand, must be regularly informed about the best security practices in the market. Basics like changing passwords regularly must be communicated to them, and they must be encouraged to follow such steps. Any advice on patching security issues must also be communicated to them.
Since, IoT requires everyday items to be connected to the internet so it might raise some serious privacy concerns in the future. A consumer will never be interested in a “connected product” unless he is assured of his privacy remaining intact throughout. Thus, it is important for the enterprises to frame their privacy policies which clearly state the data that such services/products will be using. Such a policy must be easily accessible to the consumers as well as they are made aware of the manner in which their data shall be used.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has great potential for enterprises as well as their consumers. However, security might be an issue for many as the concept is still evolving and has a lot of grounds to cover. But using the tips given above you can not only secure your organization but can also build confidence amongst the consumers regarding your products.