With each new year, we all have a natural opportunity to break out of ruts and start new good habits. As Internet of Things (IoT) usage is sure to grow in 2017 despite security risks, now seems as good a time as any to make some important resolutions to help your enterprise and the cyber world become safer.
Resolution #1 – Acknowledge that Your Enterprise has IoT Security Vulnerabilities
The first step in solving any problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. Awareness of the magnitude of the threat is important. You need to have an accurate inventory of all IoT assets on your network and evaluate their risk profiles so you can begin to prioritize security efforts. Remember, security starts with visibility.
Resolution #2 – Make Protecting Your Enterprise’s IoT Devices a Priority
With the rise of IoT devices and the convergence of IT and OT, the cyber and the physical spaces merge. In such environments, the consequences of a cyber-attack are no longer limited to theft of digital data or breach of privacy but affect the safety, business continuity, and reputation of an organization. Don’t let the weakest links on your network extend an invitation to hackers.
Resolution #3 – Get the Right IoT Security Solution
Once you acknowledge the challenges of securing the IoT infrastructure, it is a good next step to do your homework and evaluate a few vendors. Find a security partner that:
- Offers flexible deployment models with minimal impact to your business continuity
- Has the know-how to challenge the conventional IT security thinking
- Has strong domain expertise and provides innovative solutions to truly keep your organization secure
Resolutions only provide results with action! IoT assets are vulnerable to cyber threats more than ever, and a sense of urgency is needed to secure them.
Consider: ZingBox IoT Guardian – an Internet of Things security solution for enterprises. It is agent-less, signature-less, and uses machine learning for risk assessment; baselining normal device behavior; and real-time threat detection. Deployed in a passive mode, IoT Guardian automatically generates IoT situational awareness by discovering, identifying, and classifying connected assets.