Securing Your Network in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

How can you ensure that your network is protected from the vulnerabilities that the IoT introduces?
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized the way organizations operate. Devices such as thermostats, lighting systems, and printers are now routinely connected to office networks, offering remote management and monitoring capabilities. However, with this increased connectivity comes the need for additional cybersecurity measures. In this article, we’ll explore how organizations can protect their networks from the potential vulnerabilities introduced by the IoT.

Impact of the IoT

Many are surprised to learn that even the simple act of connecting a thermostat to your network can potentially introduce a point of entry for cyber threats. Modern offices often face the challenge of managing numerous IoT devices, including those brought in by vendors seeking internet connectivity for troubleshooting purposes. The ability for threat actors to gain network access through devices as seemingly harmless as a thermostat shows the importance of implementing effective network defenses that allow selective access and protection against unauthorized connections.

Securing Your Network

There are powerful network defense applications, like Portnox Network Access Control, that provide organizations with the ability to defend their network by allowing guest connections, such as those needed by vendors, while maintaining strict control over access privileges. By implementing these access control mechanisms, organizations can ensure that only authorized devices and users can connect to their network, reducing the risk of potential security breaches.

Granular Access Control

Many of these applications also offer organizations the ability to define specific access policies tailored to their unique requirements. Through granular access control, you can determine which areas of your network vendors or other guest users are permitted to connect to. This is essential, as IoT device use often involves third-party vendors who require access to your network for troubleshooting or maintenance. This level of control ensures that even when external devices are plugged into your network, they are restricted to accessing only the necessary resources or systems, minimizing the potential attack surface. Additionally, granular access control safeguards against unauthorized activities or potential breaches resulting from vendor-related vulnerabilities.

Ready to Improve Your Network Security?

The increasing prevalence of IoT devices in modern offices brings about new challenges and risks. However, by implementing network access control solutions, organizations can proactively defend their networks against potential vulnerabilities. The ability to selectively grant access to vendors and guest users while maintaining strict control over privileges ensures a secure and resilient network environment. Embracing these solutions empowers organizations to utilize the benefits of IoT while protecting their valuable assets cyber threats.

Interested in learning more about how your organization can begin improving network security? Contact the experts at Blackink IT – we look forward to learning more about your company and how we can help!

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