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Attempts to Make Smart Cities Hit a Snag

Attempts to Make Smart Cities Hit a Snag

At this point, the concept of the Internet of Things is a fairly familiar one, but that familiarity is to the Internet of Things on the micro scale-appliances with capabilities enhanced by an available connection to the Internet. There is another, more macro application to the Internet of Things: as a way to collect data in a municipal setting. However, like the IoT we are familiar with, these “smart cities” are host to many familiar problems.

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The IoT Can Be Very Useful, but Also Risky

The IoT Can Be Very Useful, but Also Risky

You might be surprised to hear how the scope of the Internet of Things has increased over the past few years. These connected devices are all over the place. In order to ensure that your business isn’t affected in a negative way by these IoT devices, you’ll need to consider the many risks and how you will respond to them.

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Has the Internet of Things Outpaced Network Security?

Has the Internet of Things Outpaced Network Security?

The Internet of Things is constantly changing and evolving, but this also means that it might be growing a bit too fast for its own good. So many devices these days have connectivity that it’s difficult to keep your business secure from them. We’ll discuss whether or not the Internet of Things is outpacing the efforts of security organizations and businesses, as well as what you can do to make sure that your business doesn’t fall victim to it.

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Tip of the Week: The Internet of Things Poses Threats to Your Organisation's Network

Tip of the Week: The Internet of Things Poses Threats to Your Organisation's Network

The Internet of Things has become one of the central parts of connectivity in a tech-centric world. Despite the incredible convenience that these devices offer to users, they come with considerable security risks that absolutely need to be kept in mind. We’re going to discuss some of the ways you can keep the IoT from being a security hazard while optimising how much you get out of it.

Does the Device Need Connectivity?
The first question you should ask about your IoT device is if it actually needs to be connected or not. The reason for this is simple; the more connected devices on your company’s network, the more risk will be involved with your network. Certain IoT devices could be leveraged by hackers and other dangerous entities to spy on you, steal your data, or track your current location. If the device is worth the risk, you could potentially take advantage of great services that you might otherwise not get. If it’s not worth it, though, perhaps you’re better off not using the device. If the device is that of an employee, you should ask them to leave it disconnected during the day.

Have You Optimized Security?
In any environment where you’re using an IoT device, you need to make sure that security is at the top of its game. Ensure that all of your firmware is updated, as well as any security patches to fix any major vulnerabilities that might be present on your network have been applied. To make things easier, this process can largely be automated. You should also consider investigating your router to make sure that it’s updated properly as well.

It is also worth mentioning that your router may support guest networking, which means that you can use this capability to protect your business network from the risks of the IoT. By relegating IoT devices to the guest network, you can protect the business side of things from potential issues.

Passwords are a great way to make sure that security is at its maximum. You should never reuse passwords for devices or accounts. If these guidelines are followed, you’ll have easier time keeping your accounts from being compromised.

Make Sure Your Devices Are Maintained and Monitored
Your business should have practices put into place that promote transparency with the ongoing use of Internet of Things devices. For example, you should be monitoring user permissions.

Most of your IoT device issues can be resolved just by asking yourself one simple question: Do you even need the devices in the office? If not, they shouldn’t be there.

If your business needs help with managing devices in the workplace, call us at Press Start Ltd on 01638 603204.

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The Internet of Things Moves Forward

The Internet of Things Moves Forward

More devices are taking advantage of internet connectivity now than ever before, including some that have no business having a connection to the internet whatsoever. While there are some practical uses for connective technology on devices on security systems, thermostats and vehicles, others simply can’t be justified. Even blenders and refrigerators have access to wireless communication nowadays. These types of connected devices are part of the reason why so many businesses are worried about the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is made up of the multitude of devices out there that have some sort of connective features. In many cases, these devices actually find their way onto your business’ network, whether you want them to or not. Therefore, you need to have a game plan to handle potential Internet of Things devices on your network, both now and in the future. Of course, it’s also important to start thinking about the future of the Internet of Things, as remaining aware of the places this technology is headed can help you better prepare for it.

In fact, some Internet of Things devices can provide a considerable benefit for your organisation. We’ll provide some examples of how industry professionals believe that 2018 will see the Internet of Things growing into a major part of the world economy.

The Internet of Things Will Be Commercialised
A new initiative in European countries could hint toward a further trend in the value of data provided by IoT devices. According to Forbes, the European Commission will follow in the footsteps of the United States by commercialising data collected by the Internet of Things. 45 percent of American decision makers already commercialise IoT data, whereas only about 35 percent of French and 38 percent of German decisions makers currently do.

Wearables Will Dwindle, but Marketers Will Rejoice
Wearables might seem to be all the rage, but the industry experts at Forrester predict that they will remain a niche and nothing more. Even though there will be roughly 12 million smartwatches sold by the end of 2018, it’s likely that they will remain a user-friendly device rather than a practical one, which limits its potential to truly change the industry. Meanwhile, the explosive success of devices like Amazon’s Alexa have driven the demand for connected technology that has a practical use.

IoT Devices Will Be Planned for in Design and Integration
Previous trends saw that the Internet of Things devices were being used to collect and disseminate information. While this remains true today, there is going to be more of a focus on designing around this capability. Devices still collect information, but there needs to be a software behind the scenes that is processing this data, analysing it and turning it into something usable. This same solution also needs to be implemented into your business workflow so that you don’t have to spend so much time micromanaging each individual IoT device.

How is your business going to leverage the Internet of Things in 2018? Press Start Ltd can help you integrate any number of devices into your infrastructure in a safe and efficient way. To learn more, call us 01638 603204.

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