The Internet of Things, or IoT as most call it, is just a simple name for the network of communicative devices connected to the internet. In our personal lives, we tap into IoT everytime we use our smartphone, Ring doorbell, or Nest thermostat. In the enterprise, IoT is in the form of sensors, tablets, and connected SaaS platforms. By 2021, Gartner estimates there may be as many as 25 billion devices making up IoT.
Enterprises have the reach, capital, and resources to deploy next-generation IoT solutions and services at a very large scale. As such, they also run the risk of prematurely implementing systems and solutions that are vulnerable to external threats and cyber attacks.
Enterprise IoT security is a must for any organization that wants to deploy IoT solutions and simultaneously lessen the risk of data breaches, ransomware attacks, insider threats, and other forms of IoT attacks on physical devices and the underlying network.
Most enterprises understand the need for effective enterprise IoT security. The challenge is transitioning from ideation to strategic planning to proactive execution. Here are some practical ways enterprises can invest in the right security solutions and processes:
With so many IoT security solutions on the market, it can be challenging to decipher which solutions are best for which enterprises. The key to make the right selection is to start with your needs.
From IP cameras and routers to HVAC systems and tablets, there’s an IoT device for every need. The right IoT security solution will account for each of these entry points and ensure there are no weak links in the system.
The type of IoT security solution you use will be highly dependent on your industry and the type of sensitive data that you store. For example, healthcare facilities will need a solution that’s tailored to their need to protect sensitive patient data in a mode that’s consistent with HIPAA regulations. Likewise, an industrial plant will need secure operational technology (OT) to ensure safety and integrity of all industrial operations and to reduce disruptions.