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How to secure IoT devices: 6 factors to consider

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While Internet of Things devices can unlock great insights and value from the data collected, cybersecurity must be built in from the start, according to a report from the Indiana IoT Lab.

Secure IoT devices

Secure IoT devices

Secure IoT devices-The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand: By the end of 2019, more than 14 billion connected devices will be in use, with that number reaching 25 billion by 2021, according to Gartner. While connected devices have the potential to help enterprises unlock great insights and value from the troves of data they collect, they also massively expand the cybersecurity attack landscape, according to the Indiana IoT Lab’s State of IoT report, released Wednesday.

Research shows the vast majority of commonly used IoT devices contain vulnerabilities, including password security, encryption, and authentication issues, John Roach, director of the data analytics practice at KSM Consulting, wrote in the report.

“The key to making IoT a success is balancing innovation with security,” Roach wrote. “All technology involves the acceptance of rational risk, and IoT is no different. The value of IoT, which is increasing and strategic, must be balanced against its risk. An overemphasis on security can limit the potential of IoT and insight that can be derived. A careless or rushed implementation can put organizations and individuals at risk.”

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