Much consideration should be given to securing endpoints or IOT devices like desktops, laptops, mobile phones and other devices. All of these devices have a few things in common, but from a company standpoint, they all connect to the network and are points of access that can be exploited by hackers or malicious software.
Endpoint security in simple terms is to protect these points of entry from malicious attacks. Beyond security, they also gain control over the growing number of devices and remain at par with today’s security standards.
You’d be surprised to learn that a large number of IOT devices are not equipped with proper security protection which makes them vulnerable to attacks by botnets and other malicious software. Unfortunately many businesses operate under the pretence that they are and fall prey to hackers which clearly explains why 58% of cyber attack victim are SMB’s.
BYOD (Bring your own devices): There's an increase in personal devices being used in today’s workplace which is creating an increase in vulnerabilities to networks due to these devices not being secure. Everything is on the go these days, WIFI networks are popping everywhere throughout businesses which means that the enterprise network security is more permeable than ever before.
An unobstructed WIFI signal can travel up to 1000 feet but an obstructed one can go 300 feet. Now think about it, that 300 feet all around. Therefore if a hacker somehow got wind of your Wifi login, he can sit comfortably on the second floor while hacking away. It’s no surprise that most enterprises don’t have the slightest clue how many devices are actually running on their network and who they belong to.
Here is 4 steps to addressing the risks.
If you own a business, the last thing you need is a surprise visit online from a hacker or ransomware demanding bitcoins to release your files and mission critical assets of your business. Also, remember, just because you pay them, doesn’t mean they play by the rules.
Better stay safe than sorry. If you need any more information regarding IOT security solutions please feel free to contact us for a no obligation consultation.
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