With the increase of Coronavirus cases, working remotely without proper preparations and security protocols, especially with the presence of unsecured IoT devices in private premises, raises many questions.
Indeed, it’s becoming vital for companies to review their security procedures related to remote access, to secure all terminals to ensure that their connection to the company via a network is secure.
The use of IoT business platforms is increasing year on year in almost every industry, with 61% of companies worldwide implementing IoT applications in 2019, according to a report from Kaspersky.
While the technology offers economies of scale, new revenue streams and increased efficiency, 28% of companies are experiencing cyber security incidents targeting connected devices.
The threat is not getting any better as there will be approximately 25 billion IoT connections by 2025.
However simple solutions exist for a start. Indeed, companies can set up a VPN system to connect to their network. They can also ensure that devices on both sides are secure, up-to-date with secure programs, and that systems will only run authorized applications.
Some companies have hastily attempted to put identification protocols in place with SMS authentication. This system has unfortunately been hacked many times in the past, especially in the banking sector.
Other solutions exist such as the use of decentralized password managers to create a unique password for each service used, data encryption programs or other tools that hide your IP address .
However, the unpredictable arrival of this pandemic made companies realize that they did not have enough VPN links and that systems that were not sufficiently secure. They were unable to support the number of people teleworking.
They had to prioritize to ensure relative continuity.
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