As more and more of our devices become linked to the Internet, it’s more crucial than ever that our business security protects us from cyberattacks. One kind of attack to consider: Internet of Things attacks. These attacks might seem minor on the surface, but if allowed to continue they can cause serious problems. They’re also relatively new. While cyberattacks have been going on since the dawn of the Internet, IoT attacks have become commonplace only in the last few years. Making sure your business is secure from these attacks is important. Here’s what you need to know:
What are Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things is loosely defined as any device that can connect to the Internet. This includes everything from your fancy new Apple watch to the Bluetooth speaker your mother-in-law gave you for Christmas to the refrigerator in your kitchen that connects to the Internet.
How do hackers attack Internet of Things devices?
A new IoT device comes with a default password that’s easy for a hacker to find out. If you don’t change your default password on these devices, the hackers can compromise them, causing the devices to shut down or allowing them to be used by hackers to gather private information.
What if I have a business?
Businesses can be the target of an IoT attack just like anyone else. Maybe you have a number of IoT devices in your office — a coffee maker, fax machine or thermostat that connects to the Internet — they can be attacked.
Businesses can also be a contributor of an attack called the Distributed Denial-of-Service. In other words, if your products are damaged by an IoT attack, you can be held liable for that. If your company sells products that connect to the Internet, you need to be vigilant against this sort of attack.
So, how do I protect my business from IoT attacks?
Here are a few ways:
- Change all default passwords on any device that connects to the Internet as soon as they’re purchased.
- Regularly audit your IoT devices that you own, as well as those you sell to check for DDoS attacks
- Only connect to secure WiFi connections.
- Seek regular counsel from an experienced Internet security company. These security companies can boost your Internet protection to prevent an attack.
- But…if an attack does occur, make sure you have a plan set in place to respond appropriately. An Internet security company can help you determine the best plan of response.
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