Security concerns also follow as long as the IoT industry continues to develop and boast its formidable power. In fact, due to the multi-component nature of IoT development, most systems on the market need more adequate security measures. Insufficient security practices give way to cyber threats that can sabotage performance and result in money and data loss. 

Business owners should place IoT security at the center of every step during their development cycle to avoid mishaps that their organizations can afford to endure. And how to do that? 

Read this article for details on where to get started and best practices. 

How does IoT security work?

IoT allows businesses to tap into the endless potential of automation and digital transformation with its highly interconnected characteristics. However, this nature also renders IoT systems particularly vulnerable because a large number of complex components interact with each other simultaneously. Loopholes for IoT security issues can happen at any stage within its inherently complex system.

Oftentimes, the development team needs to fully grasp how every device, software and connectivity technology works to generate a comprehensive risk assessment. After that, they must develop appropriate counter-risk measures and implement them throughout the development cycles. But that only applies to the risks that your team can detect. 

Another vein of work needs to be incorporated later in the development cycle to tackle unidentifiable threats. 

IoT security cycle 

Source: Paloalto Networks

5 IoT security practices for a robust system

Businesses might think IoT security practices only require a strong password or a multi-faceted authentication. But it’s way more than that. If your organizations seek to tackle cyber threats at their roots, there is much more businesses need to complete. 

1. Safely controlled multiple devices

    We have come to a mutual understanding that IoT systems include diverse components. Your IoT development team will need to understand how each of these components function individually and how they interact. This way, they will notice firsthand when there is a loop for a security breach to happen and deploy risk-aversion measures. 

    However, it is an arduous task to learn how different devices, software, or technology work in a short time frame. Security experts often recommend that your team streamline the system and get a head start regarding device safety control. 

    2. Entrench encryption

      As all IoT components connect to not one but sometimes multiple wireless technologies, a lack of encryption in these networks can accidentally facilitate IoT security threats. 

      An incident in 2020 with the Tesla Model X was a prime example. A Belgian cybersecurity researcher easily hacked into the car by exploiting loopholes in its Bluetooth system. Businesses need to step up their game by deploying robust encryption on their wireless networks and devices to ensure their system is breach-proof and stable.

      3. Look out for industry foresight

        As the IoT industry continues to evolve, more and more cybersecurity experts have jumped on board to forecast possible IoT security threats.

        These sources are valuable for business leaders to prepare for new cyber threats. By staying ahead of the pack with these industry insights, organizations can devise appropriate IoT security measures in a timely manner to prevent the risk of any cyberattack that is imminent.

        4. Protect remote connectivity

            IoT system allows for remotely-connected devices to collaborate with the host system seamlessly. Despite their convenience, these remote devices can be actual pain points regarding security. Since they are not always in the sight of your IoT development team, it’s tough for them to detect any strange signals and tackle them instantly. 

            With that in mind, your team should identify all the entry points within the remote devices system and closely monitor them for any possible mishaps.  

            5. Tackle security resource constraints

              Not all IoT devices have the capacity for your team to equip them with firewalls or antivirus software. As a result, hackers can easily take advantage of these weak points within your system to carry out a breach. 

              Businesses should avoid cramming their devices with add-on functions or software that can take up the computing storage. Your team must always ensure that there is room to install minimum IoT security practices in all of these devices. 

              How Sunbytes can help?

              A capable development team can embed a proficient IoT security strategy right at the designing phase of the project. This can be challenging for an in-house team due to needing for more expertise and resources. But in the case of a well-versed and experienced IoT development firm like Sunbytes, this is what we do for clients on a regular basis. 

              From designing IoT security measures to implementing them, we possess comprehensive capacity to help your business achieve a highly secured and stable system that can prevent cyber attacks at its root. In addition, the Sunbytes team can work alongside you to handle unknown risks that might occur during the deployment phase to ensure that your system is ready to withstand any security threats.

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