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Game-changing security hacks for IoT users

Trying to escape the revolution that is IoT is going to become increasingly difficult, as everything from sophisticated gadgets right through to common household appliances are becoming part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite some flaws and weaknesses that still need to be ironed out, it’s said that the industry is looking at growth that will see it reach $1.1 trillion by 2026, which means interest is just growing. For homeowners, organizations and governments alike, a key drawcard of integrating IoT into daily life, is the knowledge that it has the potential to provide security solutions.

More than just a password

It’s important that your security components, whether software, firmware, or even the cabling, are from a reputable supplier. An IoT network can be compromised with a single component. The network itself is the key player in the security game, and for IoT users, this means constantly updating the firmware, as well as keeping a tight reign on the passwords. It’s also important to make use of end-to-end encryption to keep those who are not supposed to be part of the network out.

Multi-layered security protocols

One of the advantages of setting up an IoT network is the effect it has on business and home security. The network can control security elements from monitoring to access control, and as explained on, these are important components to business security. Businesses and households that add these elements to the their IoT network also need to ensure that they’re following proper protocols to keep these components hack-proof. Studies are underway to test the efficacy of protecting these networks against threats with the help of machine learning and other data gathering mechanisms.

Mitigate risks to ensure safe access

Executives who need to make the call to incorporate IoT into their businesses are hesitant to do so, with 60% of the executives in a test group citing risk as the major reason for their hesitance. Getting the right vendor on board to simply get the security interface set up is already a step in the right direction, as this added layer of security in the stack will ensure that the components of the IoT network are able to work together as they should, without the threat of being hacked. It’s important that the actual network is set up by someone who understands the potential weaknesses in these networks.

Setting up a home or office security network with IoT can be tricky, as there are so many points of access to the network. With the right team on board, however, IoT can be the perfect vehicle for home and office security, as hardware, firmware and software will integrate harmoniously for the ultimate security network.