There is a myriad of apps that allow us to control the thermostat, turn on the lights and even to see what the dog is up to at home. But, for businesses, are these conveniences putting them at risk for a data breach? The answer is yes! The Internet of things (IoT) is all around us.
The term Internet of Things (IoT) is mainly used for devices that wouldn’t usually expect to have an internet connection, like a thermostat, video doorbell, and refrigerator, and then, communicate with your network independently of human action. This independence can be a valuable access point for hackers.
For example, a North American casino experienced a data breach from hackers that used the sensors in a fish tank. The fish tank sensors were connected to a PC that regulated the temperature, food, and cleanliness of the tank. Someone was able to hack into the sensor, and once he was on the network, he stole the casino’s sensitive data.
So, what can you do to secure your business network? Here are 4 simple suggestions:
- Start with your router – Your router is the “front door” to your business network. Invest in a router that offers a high degree of security.
- Create a “guest network” – You can establish multiple networks on your Wi-Fi router. Having a guest network with limited permissions and a strong password on your business network will protect your data.
- Enable Two-factor authentication – Two-factor Authentication is an additional security layer on top of a device’s password that requires secondary authentication via email or SMS. When used properly, two-factor authentication can stop the bad guys from gaining access to your accounts and taking control of your IoT devices.
- Most security breaches are caused internally. Training your employees is a vital process in network security. NSA offers Free Security Training. Schedule one of our expert solutions consultants to come out and present a workshop on Network Security to your employees.
Keeping your business’ network safe is an ongoing process. As the Internet of Things keeps growing, hackers are finding new and ingenious ways of getting ahold of your data. Let Network Security Associates’ Managed IT and Managed Cloud Services keep your network safe and give you peace of mind. Contact us today at www.nsa-nv.com or 702-547-9800.