The term “Internet of Things” was first coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999. At present there are about ten billion devices that are connected to internet. This analytic is expected to increase to 25 billion devices in 2015 and 200 billion devices in 2020. Internet of things is slowly taking shape in the form of smartphones and sensors, connecting machines to machines, machines to people and people to people all across the globe. The benefits of IoT are worth every effort but also has raised privacy concerns as cyber criminals are targeting streams of data that is extremely sensitive. The businesses are always bothered because of internet leaks and cyber attacks. Also are these cyber crimes affecting the consumers. Hence a strong, vigilant infrastructure is required which controls all these scrupulous activities thereby creating a safer along with a smarter planet.
Even though many companies are emphasizing on highly secure mobile apps development to safeguard a business’s information, there are many loopholes attached with interconnecting devices and several malicious code writers are on the outlook of such loopholes to navigate through a brand’s integral data. Therefore certain best practices have to be adopted to protect information .
Encrypting Data : All your business related information and file systems must be encrypted.
Use Digital Certificates : Trusted digital certificates must be obtained and they must be saved to the hardware devices like routers or load balancers.
Data Loss Prevention and File Auditing : Use data loss prevention and file auditing to monitor and block data going in and out of your network.
Restricting use of external hard drives : The use of USB drives, external hard disks, thumb drives etc. should be banned within company premises. All kinds of external media drives facilitate breaches of information security.
Scan websites daily : Use SSL certificates for validating the websites against malware.
Spam filters on email servers : Use a trusted spam filter like Spam Assassin to wipe out all junk emails from your server. Also teach employees how to recognize the unwanted and junk emails even when they are coming from trusted sources.
Endpoint Protection : Antivirus software is not enough to protect the company’s data. Multi layered approach for protection of data has to be facilitated. Hence, personal firewall and intrusion detection must be used.
Prevention of Network Attacks : Use of antivirus software, honeypots, intrusion detection , firewalls, virus signatures and port scans is integral for preventing over the network attacks.
Update security plans : Antivirus softwares have to be updated and renewed regularly.
Educate users against malpractices : Educated users keep in mind that confidential information of an organization have not to be shared elsewhere. Hence protecting the organizational details from being leaked on other systems or sources.