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IoT & Remote Workers Can Threaten Businesses

Technological advances of recent years like the Internet of Things (IoT) and the remote workforce have given us opportunities for new business and growthTechnological advances of recent years like the Internet of Things and the remote workforce have given us opportunities for new business and growth. Yet with these advancements comes risk, and as such, we need to consider how our networks are set up in order to get the most out of these new developments. Simultaneously, we must protect what they currently have.

What Risks do IoT Operations Have For Business?

IoT systems can offer us remote monitoring and the ability to gather new information. With that, however, comes substantial risk to the network.

IoT means a lot of new data. A network needs to be ready to accommodate new data when an IoT system is put in place, and that means stepping up bandwidth accordingly.

IoT systems are inherently insecure. IoT systems are largely simple, built with little more than necessary sensors and a connectivity mechanism. This doesn’t leave much room for security tools.

IoT systems demand a stronger network. IoT systems both contribute to a network’s value and compromise its security. This requires a stronger overall network to survive the new attacks.

What Risks do Remote Workforces Have For Business?

The remote workforce allows us enormous flexibility, improved morale, and the ability to address issues regardless of time zone matters. Yet here, a new set of problems emerges.

Remote workforces mean local device problems. The information that remote workers require to operate ends up on their devices. Should the device be lost or stolen, the data could be gone with it.

Remote workforces are a fake key to the network. A lost or stolen device still has its network credentials in place. With those, the potential hacker can walk right into the network and gain access as though he or she worked there.

Remote workforces don’t always use best practices. A remote workforce, particularly one operating on its own devices, can be a huge threat when it opens emails it shouldn’t or installs apps hiding malware.

How Can You Protect Your Network?

T2 can offer protective measures for networks to address both IoT and remote workforce threats. From data encryption to improved network security and beyond, we can help you improve your security. Drop us a line today.