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What Are New Approaches in IoT Security on Enterprise Wifi?

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

IoT merges our digital and physical universes. Read our new approach to solving and preventing security crises as these devices communicate real-time data.

Nobody can deny that the world has become fascinated with the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2019, a whopping 21% of Americans used IoT in the form of Wearables, Connected Cars, and Smart Home Devices. By 2023, that's expected to reach 30%.

Because of this, IoT security must be at the forefront of our minds. These ubiquitous devices provide some wonderful technology. But unfortunately, they also come with a whole range of security flaws.

Any enterprise needs to have a strategy for dealing with compromised or insecure IoT or face the possibility of data breaches.

More than that, you need new approaches to deal with IoT security. Read on to see how you can work towards making your enterprise a safer place.

IoT Is Everywhere

It's not always as obvious as a smartwatch or a Google Home/Amazon Alexa. Sometimes there's nothing self-evident about the device itself. However, the chances are good that you have IoT devices inside your network if you operate a business.

They come in all shapes and sizes, from sophisticated sensors in cars to thermostats that automatically adjust depending on the temperature of the room they're in.

Today, even doorbells are connected to the internet, which means they're an additional attack vector for hackers.

IoT Security Vs. Regular Security

It was easy to see what was happening when you rolled out networks with traditional devices such as laptops, desktops, and networked printers. We had a finite number of devices connected, and they all required quite a lot of manual intervention to be installed.

In comparison, IoT devices are built to be simple and easy to install and run and often require no configuration. Many IoT devices come with their own connected apps and these apps to manage them and set them up. These apps share network access details to the devices from smartphones, and, just like that, you have another device on your network.

The Changing Face of Cyber Attacks

You know that your network is secure. At least from the traditional perspective. But how secure are your IoT devices? Do you know what traffic they're sending and how it's being routed? It's easy enough to create policies and apply them to traditional devices such as laptops and cellphones, but what about light switches, thermostats, and even toasters?

Now that the world has adopted IoT en-masse, cyber attackers use more sophisticated methods to gain access. At the same time, because there are so many of these devices, access has never been easier.

Did you know that there's even a dedicated search engine for finding exposed IoT devices? Shodan became popular with the hacking commun