The Internet of Things (Iot) and smart devices have made our lives a whole lot easier. We can put a pot of coffee on, adjust the room temperature, and turn on the lights, all as we’re pulling up to our driveway. In the workplace and on manufacturing plant floors, smart machines connect to each other to create harmony in production, use thousands of sensors to make modifications in real-time, and can even repair themselves. At the rate technology advances in the modern age, the present seems more like that future than ever before.
These technological marvels, however, do not come without the potential for crippling consequences. The more connected a device is the more susceptible it is for the wrong hands connecting to it. These machines can get hacked, overtaken remotely, or siphoned for private information. And a report recently found that many companies are severely underprepared for these types of attacks. The time is now to take the necessary measures to ensure your devices have the proper protections in place so that they won’t get compromised. Spending preemptive time upfront will likely save your business from a lot of headaches and lost money down the road. If handled responsibly, these devices should propel your company forward, not make it come to a screeching halt.
For more intel on cybersecurity, be sure to attend the Prime Advantage Spring Conference where Marcel Hill, Senior Director of IoT, Cyber-Security, and Software Assurance at Intertek, will be giving a talk on Cyber Security: Assure Security While Maximizing Functionality.