The average workplace has a large number of connected devices, all working in concert to provide the technical support required to perform day-to-day tasks. Given that the Internet of things (IoT) is part of the lexicon in business today, it pays to be as informed as possible to ensure you’re on the right technological track.
Connected devices will at some point intertwine with your network or networks. Given the number of cyber attacks occurring, telecommunication providers deserve collective thanks from anyone who is trying hard not to be the victim of a denial-of-service attack. But there is more to do – you still need to be accountable for security on your end.
Managing Technology Growth
New technology hits the market just about every day. 5G is on the minds of many as it prepares to roll out, affecting the masses. This new technology will have many benefits, but it does produce some risks associated with connected devices, which must be considered.
For example, it hasn’t been widely tested yet because it is still in its infancy, but 5G will allow for working with much more data, which means the attack surface will broaden. Furthermore, given that it is a powerhouse compared to 4G, many more mission-critical applications will be using it.
It’s estimated that there will be around 1.4 billion 5G connections over the next six years, but the amount of global IoT connections will triple in the same time span. Therefore, it is critical that endpoint security management is high on the list of priorities in any IT security strategy.
One way to protect yourself from the vulnerability of connected devices is through endpoint management services and products. You can also adopt security information and event management solutions. This is a proactive approach that keeps you from scrambling to react when something bad happens.
Another avenue is to limit what gets on your network. You can put policies in place regarding connected devices, effectively limiting them to only those you absolutely require.
At Cory Communications, we assist our clients in cutting through telecom noise. We know it’s easy to get bogged down with all the options from so many vendors, but we’re the agent that will partner with you to make sure you’re lined up with the right supplier. Contact us and let’s talk about connected devices and anything else that can improve your productivity.