IoT Security: SMBs at Particular Risk

| July 5, 2019

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As the use of internet-of-things (IoT) devices continues to increase, so too does the level of security risk, especially to small business. A report by Juniper estimates that there will be 50 billion IoT devices by 2022. There are certainly many benefits for businesses that implement IoT, including improvements in efficiency and logistics, as well as convenience. But with many small businesses operating on tight margins, the speed with which these devices are becoming standard is bringing with it a security challenge for SMB IT teams. Operating without specific IoT security measures in place puts data at risk, but now everything, from lights, printers to speakers are multiplying the attack surface. The number and type of devices will vary according to the company, but there are a number of universal precautions that SMBs can take to minimize the risks IoT can pose.

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