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5 Ways to Ensure Your IoT Devices are Secure.

These days, it seems like there’s an Internet of Things (IoT) device on every street corner. But with so many internet-connected devices out there, IoT security is becoming more important than ever before. This is especially true since some IoT devices may not even have the best security features built into them during the manufacturing process. As a result, they could be hacked easily by cybercriminals who know what they’re doing.


Connectivity Scanning

First and foremost, you’ll want to scan your network for open ports. Open ports can be scary because they can give malicious hackers a backdoor into your system. Connectivity scanning tools allow you to look at your network, server by server and see which ports are accessible (in other words, which services have been installed and left unprotected). While these tools aren’t technically embedded security devices, they’re a great way to uncover holes that may not be patched after installation.


Network Access Control

When enterprises and end-users deploy IoT devices, they have to ensure that their networks aren’t open to any device that isn’t under their control. A network access control (NAC) solution can help them close these vulnerabilities. So to keep risk down and data secure, it’s vital to use an NAC solution.


Centralized Management

If devices are hacked, then the reputational risk is at stake. The importance of having devices protected by embedded IoT security solutions in your network can’t be overstated. If any one of your connected machines or systems is hacked or breached, it can mean a crisis for your business and, ultimately, a drop in your stock price.


User Management

As networks get larger and more complex, it becomes more and more difficult to manage who can do what on your system. For instance, if you’re running a home network with several devices connected to it, you may want certain family members only to be able to access their own accounts while others have different levels of access (for example, they might be able to use printers but not access shared files).


Device Updates

The internet of things (IoT) is a rapidly growing sector that has given rise to an entirely new set of challenges. The massive number of devices being created means a tremendous amount of time and effort is required to ensure they all have up-to-date security features.