Any device connected to the internet is an IoT device. In other words, devices like smartphones, smart TVs, surveillance cameras, as well as smart appliances are all computers. It is for this particular reason that there’s been a sharp increase in cyber incidents caused due to issues like cameras hacked. Considering the widespread use of the internet and its reach and use in our daily lives, it becomes necessary to take adequate measures to protect all IoT devices from hackers.
Hackers need not to physically access any system to gain control. They can simply spread malware on a vulnerable IoT device that’ll provide them the remote access to all the information stored in that particular device and the network that that particular device/system is a part of. Some techniques that can reduce such security concerns are listed below.
- Advanced Password Filters
All smart devices these days incorporate the option to use biometrics for authentication to gain access. Using similar password techniques in a company can work wonders. MFA, multi-factor authentication involves multiple factors that the user needs to clear in order to access the system and the information within.
- Employee Awareness Campaign
Did you know that most malware attacks occur due to unaware employees? Smart employees can reduce malware and phishing scare by half.
Emails are the primary sources that are the windows to launching a secret malware attack. If employees have the basic idea to identify fishy emails, they will refrain from opening them. Fishy emails can be those that;
- Do not have a subject line
- Have shortened URLs
- Come from unsolicited sources
- Network Segmentation
Network segmentation is a serious anti-malware practice that can protect a company from suffering excessive damage. It involves;
- Making multiple networks in the company instead of one
- Keeping all the networks independent of each other
- Storing bits of information on the networks
The primary benefits of doing so are listed below.
- Malware in one network cannot spread directly because all the networks are isolated.
- Response team gets some extra time that allows backing up the data in the attacked network before hackers can encrypt the information.
- Response Team
The response team is responsible for damage control after the attack takes place.
A quick response determines whether or not the malware will spread in other networks. Wondering, how? Well, if the response team is able to detect the security breach as soon as it occurs, all employees on other networks can be alerted to disengage from using their respective systems.