The Internet of Things, commonly known by the acronym IoT, describes the plethora of interconnected smart devices working simultaneously to sense and capture every possible notable activity on the planet today. IoT devices generate senseful data for the activities they track, and then store that data so that it can be retrieved and processed by other smart devices or humans. The advent of advanced platforms such as If-This-Than-That (IFTTT) has further opened cross-device engagement, from both a service provider perspective and an end-user perspective.
Due to huge potential benefits in automation and cost savings, IoT has gained traction with enterprises of every size. Organizations are planning to leverage IoT to harness business growth and innovation.
At the same time, however, IoT requires infrastructure and processes that can prevent exposure of critical business information or the mishandling of some critical task due to a false alarm. In the excitement of exploring the myriad ways to deploy IoT for profit, organizations can easily miss planning for the very basic security problems that can be associated with IoT devices.
Here we outline the top security practices an organization should consider when building out their IoT infrastructures.