As 5G continues to evolve, so to do the number of IoT devices, which has both positive and negative connotations for organizations around the world.
IoT security is more important than ever. That’s because as connected devices continue to grow, it is increasingly challenging for enterprises to secure them and keep IoT security threats at bay.
Fraught with vulnerabilities and offering an attack surface ripe for security breaches, IoT devices are attractive targets for cybercriminals. Whether enterprises are just starting out with IoT adoption or looking to expand their established IoT networks, all face similar challenges when it comes to managing, monitoring and securing their connected IoT environments.
Cybersecurity professionals offer several recommendations for improving IoT security. At the top of the list is to employ device discovery for complete visibility.
In other words, it’s crucial for organizations to get visibility into the exact number of IoT devices connected to its network. This involves discovering which types of devices are connected to your network and keep a detailed, up-to-date inventory of all connected IoT assets, ideally with a dedicated IoT security solution to ensure all devices are identified.
Experts suggest collecting the manufacturer and model ID; the serial number; hardware, software and firmware versions; and information on underlying operating systems and configuration applied to each device.
Then it’s important to determine the risk profile of each device and its behavior as applied to other connected devices in the network. These profiles should assist with segmentation and next-generation firewall policy creation.
Asset maps need to be kept current with each new IoT device connected to the network.
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