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April 14, 2023 | By christa

3 Ways to Protect Your Business From IoT Intrusions

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices that allow us to connect physical objects (like smart appliances, security systems, cars, etc.) to one another via an internet connection.

Over the past decade, IoT devices have continued to transform in ways that allow us to work remotely, track our health, and collect data like never before. As time goes on, the possibilities associated with IoT devices will expand exponentially.

But, while IoT is beneficial for today’s digital culture, it does come with vulnerabilities. Easy access points make these devices key targets for cybercriminals, and with the emergence of 5G, these risks will only grow larger. 5G is known for its speed and ability to connect more devices to the internet. However, like IoT, it comes with many risks if your security measures need to be stronger.

Below, we will discuss three of the biggest security challenges for IoT devices along with actionable tips to keep yourself protected.

Poor Authentication Measures

It’s essential to maintain proper authentication hygiene, which involves protecting your devices in a way that verifies users are who they say they are.

Moreover, many devices need better passwords. Let’s not mince words here. Weak, guessable passwords are one of the quickest ways to get private information intercepted and allow attackers to deploy botnets and other malware into your system.


The best way to keep cybercriminals from cracking your codes is to implement cybersecurity solutions that include:

  • Two-factor authentication or biometrics
  • A method for discovering new devices
  • Procedures for periodically rotating passwords

Platforms such as Password Safe are great options for discovering and managing passwords.

Lack of Secure Updates

Unfortunately, IoT manufacturers are notorious for not releasing timely updates for their devices, making them more vulnerable than a typical computer system. This leaves the burden of ensuring you have a reliable system.


To ensure devices stay protected long-term, it’s essential that they are periodically updated and patched.

  • Purchase devices from reliable manufacturers that offer timely updates
  • Enable automatic patching or fingerprint capabilities
  • Have a vulnerability management platform that can assess vulnerabilities for ALL your devices

Data Transfer and Storage Risks

IoT devices transmit and receive vast amounts of information, making them susceptible to intrusion by third parties. The large data volume associated with these devices often proves to be difficult to manage, oversee, and protect, leaving sensitive information like credit card numbers and passwords open for the taking.


To mitigate data transfer and storage risks, consider implementing the following:

  • Encrypt data in transit whenever possible
  • Use public-key cryptography via the DTLS protocol
  • Connect with a reliable IT service provider for support

Address Your IoT Vulnerabilities Today

Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our personal and business lives every day. While it often allows us to do more with less, it also requires more management.

Using the above tips and tricks, you will be on your way to protecting your devices with the proper tools and equipment. To ensure you are achieving optimal protection, call LeadingIT for a complimentary assessment.

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 20-200 employees across the Chicagoland area

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