The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage, but before you dive in, make sure you know about the security risks inherent. You might not think that a nifty little device that’s on your network can be a potential cloud security data risk, but many have learned the hard way that it is.

IoT devices are touted as bringing a higher level of productivity to businesses that implement them. Unfortunately, there are a host of security issues to consider. Because they’re connected to the internet, they can be hacked into just like any other device.

When you deploy a variety of IoT devices you’re expanding the attack surface, which is a benefit to the cyber criminals looking to break into your system. The expansion involves an increased number of endpoints, which are notorious for offering a “doorway” of entry to hackers.

Protecting Data

Among the most talked about challenges for cloud security is the fact that many IoT devices will record and stream data, some of which might be sensitive. Even your printer can be the access point, giving cyber criminals access to every document that’s been printed on it over the last week, month, or longer.

If you’ve got devices integrated at core levels of your operation, you’re going to find yourself at the greatest risk. Should you suffer an attack and your smart technology be compromised, you’re going to find yourself at a standstill until everything can be recovered.

You have to also consider that malware specifically engineered for attacking IoT devices has grown in recent years. The likelihood of falling victim is growing along with it, which is why you need to be proactive and consider IoT security systems that monitor your core device systems. It’s a critical step that can save you a lot of pain later.

Protecting Yourself

Something as simple as using strong password protection might seem like an unlikely hero, but it’s the first line of defense against hackers looking to compromise your cloud security. Consider looking at the passwords chosen for each component connected to your network and strengthening them, particularly your router password.

Another low hanging but powerful component is your firewall. Install an endpoint security solution that will keep a strong firewall between your data and those who want access to it.

At Clarksys, we design and source enterprise cloud and IT solutions that minimize risk, maximize profits and help you grow without the usual headaches. If you’re looking for an agent to point you in the right direction, contact us and let’s talk about customized cloud security solutions that will fit your needs.