IoT As Open Target: 3 Ways Firewalls Make It Safer

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Since the introduction of enterprise IoT, businesses have grappled with related security issues – a problem that is particularly relevant today as they consider how to collect and manipulate IoT data to improve outcomes across all sectors.

What does it take to make IoT safer? Examining best practice protocols for IoT, IT teams should consider how firewalls function within their network and implement stronger borders around enterprise data. This is the surest way to protect key business interests as well as guard client information.

Mass Production, Mass Fragility

One of the biggest challenges to IoT security is the fact that most of these products are meant for the mass market. Think about Fitbits, smart home tech, and even water bottles and appliances – their mass market popularity means they are, in Jon Hedren’s words, “generally shoddy, insecure and easily breakable.” Securing these devices goes against their very nature.

If businesses are going to protect client data, they need to start at home, rather than at the enterprise level. When they purchase an IoT product, clients should be encouraged to guard their Wi-Fi carefully, renaming it, using two-factor authentication, and installing a smart firewall. This more advanced security framework can alert you to potential threats …

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