IOT MAKING HACKERS ATTACK SURFACE GREATER

Posted by Ashley Victoria Cannon on August 1, 2018
Ashley Victoria Cannon

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In this Technology Todaywe chat about why security for IoT is so critical. 

In this day and age of IoT, where cyber-criminals can hack your thermostat to take over your business or steal your personal identity with a push of a button,  we must realize the importance of proper security. By implementing IT best practices within your home and office, you can greatly decrease your risk of penetration and safeguard both your data and identity. 

 

WHY WE NEED TO BEEF UP SECURITY 

IoT (Internet of Things) is a quite the beast to concur. Nearly every NEW device on the market is part of IoT. By definition, IoT is a network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity to communicate with other internet enabled devices and systems.  So, why should you be frightened? According to Tech Crunch, 'More connected devices means more attack vectors and more possibilities for hackers to target us; unless we move fast to address this rising security concern, we'll soon be facing inevitable disaster.' 

If you think all you have to worry about is your personal or company data - think again. Hackers can literally take control of your home, car - even your health! What can you do about it? 

 

SECURITY AND BACKUP & DISASTER RECOVERY 

Make sure to utilize best practices, such as Two-Factor Authentication and Backup & Disaster Recovery.

Two-Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA,  will allow you to verify your logins with additional security codes and/or a piece of information that only the proper end user would know. This adds another layer of protection between you and malicious cyber-criminal, looking to hack your personal or professional data.

Backup & Disaster Recovery allows you to not only store your data onsite, but also at a secondary location - whether it be in the cloud or at a duplicate physical destination. In doing this, if an attack occurs, you will not need to pay a ransom in order to get your data back or suffer an unplanned outage, as all of your data will be retrievable from the backup.

If you think this will never happen to you and your company, think again. According to CNBC, 14 million US businesses are at risk of a hacker threat. That's not a small statistic, whatsoever. You don't wait until you are deathly ill to purchase health insurance - why would you wait until you experience a hack to on-board IT Support? Be preemptive, not reactive; as this can be life or death for your company, too - there are plenty of company's out there that simply can't afford a hack. According to The Denver Post, 60% of small companies that suffer a cyber attack are out of business within six months. Do you want to be part of that statistic? 

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

After digesting the above information, will you implement crucial security measures, in order to keep yourself and your company safe? Sound off, below! 

 

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Until next time, Techies! 

 

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