National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week 4: Future of Internet-Connected Devices

October 28, 2020

The final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month looks at the future of internet-connected devices, might impact consumers’ and business’ online experiences (e.g. faster speeds and data transmission, larger attack surface for cybercriminals).  In addition, understanding how you and your businesses can adapt to the continuous evolution of the connected devices moving forward.

One of the current exploding trends for internet-connected devices is the Internet of Things (IoT) with over 30% growth year over year.  IoT describes the network of physical objects (things) that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet.

Although IoT brings positive attributes such as the ability for businesses to save time and money, enhance employee productivity and improve the customer experience, it also brings additional cybersecurity risk including:

  • An increase in confidential information for hackers to steal due to an increase in the number of connected devices and information shared.

  • Dealing with massive numbers of IoT devices on your network, is a challenge to collect and manage the data from those devices.

  • If there is a bug or virus, every connected device may become infected.

  • Lack of privacy safeguards among different devices and networks.

Although this is the end of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, cybersecurity awareness continues throughout the year.  With increased attacks, ransomware demands and overall cybercrime, make cybersecurity a part of your daily routine.  Dewpoint has a wide range security offerings and experts to help prevent and minimize attacks. 

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