January 2020 sparked a controversial move for the UK telecoms industry, as it was announced that Huawei are playing a part in providing a new 5G network in the UK.
Huawei has been associated multiple times with tracking its customers, causing privacy concerns for UK residents.
As smartphones become more adept at acquiring our data, could they and other IoT pose new threats for businesses?
Lock Down Your IoT
“State-sponsored attacks will always exist, and they’re driven by the need to steal data, bring down a business, or gain a large financial sum.”
“Instead, we should focus on our internal processes to see where vulnerabilities may lie,” advises Nick. “One major concern for businesses, no matter what size or sector, is new technology.”
“As more and more industries turn towards IoT to optimise their operations, the pressure is on to keep businesses secure”
Nick Holden, NexusProtect
“Education is perhaps the biggest issue I see with companies,” says Nick, who provides strategic audits across all departments to identify problems.
“If a company installs technology and doesn’t undergo adequate training, it leaves them vulnerable to a multitude of errors.”
Close Security Gaps
While employers should work hard to learn how to use technology safely, they should also undergo regular refresher training.
“With new devices being released all the time, we see more and more gaps in security,” warns Nick. “For example, bugs in smart tech could expose users’ credentials.”
“One way to keep on top of this is to regularly update hardware, which can greatly reduce the likelihood of successful attacks,” Nick explains.
“Employers should also keep an eye on the physical ‘hardening’ of their hardware, for example, how easily CCTV cameras could be accessed, or how their access control systems could be compromised.”
Stay One Step Ahead
“While every business needs to invest in cyber security software, employers should also invest in their own knowledge. Training seminars on the biggest threats like ransomware could teach staff members how to spot a rogue email.”
Likewise, security threats are often common themes in the news. Recently, smart doorbell device manufacturers, Ring, were found to lack the basic security features to fight off hackers.
“Just look at Avast. What was supposed to be a trustworthy antivirus tool has now been accused of selling user data.
“Keep your finger on the pulse by subscribing to news updates on cybersecurity, and having regular training sessions.”
Make Technology Work For You
As technology develops, we are always going to have an increasing number of threats developing in unison.
“The key is to make the technology work for you – do your research, and only invest in technology that has a clean security track record,” Nick concludes. “It should be there to optimise your operations, not cause security risks.”
NexusProtect run regular training sessions on business security and safety, including how to handle technology safely.
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