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Are Smart Devices Getting Smarter?

by | Jan 24, 2022 | MyTek Blog, Technology

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With the Internet of Things growing larger every day, smart devices are everywhere. This is perfect for convenience, but it can actually have major impact on cybersecurity. Today, we’re going to look at how smartphone security is currently changing and being impacted. 

The Projections for the IoT

Did you know that 127 new devices are connected to the internet each second? That means, there will be around 75 billion in total in 2025. Because of this, cybercriminals have even more opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities than ever before, in the commercial and industrial side of things.

Here are some examples as to how these devices have already been taken for granted. The UK’s National Health Service was attacked with ransomware in 2017 which affected medical equipment and much more. Video doorbells and smart home devices have also occasionally been found to be easy to hack into, especially since some store Wi-Fi passwords within them or stream without protections.

As the industry grows, there will be even more weaknesses that can be taken advantage of.

What Can Be Done to Secure the IoT?

Thankfully, we’re already taking steps to secure the IoT. One example is the signing of the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 in the US and Australia. This signing was an introduction to IoT-specific codes of practices that have previously not been monitored as tightly. Even though this is a positive step, businesses will need to still take their own steps to protect their data. Here are a few ways they can:

Encrypt Data

Most devices do not feature encryption, so you’ll need to implement it on your own. Incorporating it on a network level can make it so your data is indecipherable while it is in transit, which will make it worthless to cybercriminals wanting to hack it.

Change Default Passwords on IoT Devices

Default passwords need to be changed, always. Take a few moments to come up with a very secure password so your network, wireless connection, computers and assets are protected.

Use Devices from Security-Conscious Manufacturers

If you’re using devices that you trust, where security is at the forefront, you’ll have better peace of mind. These devices will be easier to include in your security programs, as well. 

There will only be more and new ways for hackers to get through, so you’ll need an awesome tech company on your side. Give MyTek a call today at 623-312-2440 to learn about smartphone security, along with how to protect your other devices.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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