10 Smart Ways To Bolster Your IoT Security

Internet of Things or more commonly called IoT has not just made our lives simpler and easier but it has also brought a plethora of security concerns at the same time. Here are some of the best ways to bolster your IoT Security and enjoy the best user experience.

Secure your phone lines

If you tend to use the cellular connectivity or phone lines to power your internet service then it’s high time to secure it. If your system isn't relying on the local network which is usually shared by all the IoT devices present within your household then you have to secure it at the earliest. You can ask your cellular service to provide with the next level of stringent security features likes firewall and others. A number of cellular service provider nowadays indulge in offering not just the connectivity but also a number of other services like device management, security solutions and diagnostics service.

Thoroughly check all of your components

Having a highly secure system in place is great but if the components aren't up to the match then it isn't going to help you. In the recent past, we had a number of cases wherein the hardware vulnerabilities played a major role in wrecking the privacy of the users even using the highly secure systems. Therefore spend your time checking into the inner working of each and every IoT up and running in your household or office.

At first search for the vulnerabilities present within the OS or system or carefully check the application layer. Update the IoT with the latest security patch if possible or manually check through the libraries and toolkits in order to identify and get rid of the vulnerabilities in any way possible.

Collect as less data as possible

Don't go for cheap sensor or for collecting, recording or gathering as much data as possible. The more data collected by your IoT device or within your network the more will be chances of your device getting affected or compromised in the upcoming days.

Craft a plan for the end of device life

Technology evolves, new versions are always in the development and there comes the time when your device is longer compatible with the evolving system. Therefore it is better to have a long-term to deal with the ageing device and craft the right set of actions to get rid of them. Make it a habit of replacing the ageing devices even before it stops patching and fails to perform altogether. Keep an eye on the device manufacturer announcement to know from when the support for the hardware and software will come to an end in future.

Make use of the encryption techniques

When it comes to security and it related to your data then nothing is better than making use of the encryption techniques. Encryption can be used for providing both the data protection as well as the authorization. But finding the right set of encryption method which will help in securing your entire infrastructure and the product can be a tricky exercise. While encryption method on your IoT devices and the local network make sure it doesn't wander towards diluting the awesome user experience. One can either opt for the symmetric or asymmetric encryption in order to secure the data shared with varied IoT devices within a local network.

Get rid of the auto-connection

Most of the devices nowadays like to get connected auto connected through auto-connection in order to provide swift service. But having multiple devices interacting with the internet with auto-connection can lead to a major disaster in the upcoming days. Therefore make sure not all of your IoT devices happen to connect with the Wi-Fi hotspots on their own.

Use most recent operating system whenever possible

It doesn't matter how expensive is your IoT device if it is running on a dated OS then it is cause for concern. Most of the IoT devices make use of the Linux OS and most doesn’t make use of the latest version of the OS. Secondly, Linux OS is an open-source which makes it easier to receive new cool features and nifty upgrades on software front with the help of contributor. These contributors are in charge of getting rid of vulnerabilities which they come across. Sadly their efforts are only recognized by the few and even the firms fail to implement such changes into the OS when manufacturing new devices. This means IoT devices are more likely to suffer from OS based vulnerabilities if you tend to buy them with the dated OS.

Plan for disruption

Craft a plan to deal with faulty IoT device in the right manner without disrupting the rest of the system. Your IoT device network should be such that failure of one device doesn’t impact overall performance and experience of the overall network. The plan should provide necessary instruction to deal with such situation in the most effective and determinate way.

Map your system, end to end

When securing your IoT network do not stop at just the device but give due focus on the backend platforms as well as applications which helps in offering the splendid experience. Carefully map out the complete system, understanding every system, hardware and application version present within the network and frame a plan to identify, track, monitor and eliminate any kind of vulnerabilities in the future.

Read, Understand & Try to make send of the documentation

Most of the people don't give much thought before giving a click on "Agree" while installing an application or using a new device. It is vital to understand the how your IoT device is gathering the data, what kind of the data is gathering, where it is being stored or shared with. Understanding such will help you in finding the vulnerabilities within your device.

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