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Navigating the Internet of Things: Convenience vs. Risk

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly. It’s transforming your life, both at work and at home. Over 8.4 billion devices connected to the Internet in 2017, according to research and advisory company Gartner—an increase of 30% from 2016.

The problem is that even as the IoT network grows ever wider, the network is often poorly secured. This can lead to hacks into your home network, as well as offer a path through a corporate firewall to critical company devices.

Here’s the issue, as I see it. There are some critical steps you should take to reduce the likelihood that your network can be hacked—but the more things that you have connected as smart devices, the less likely you are to be vigilant about proper security procedures. So it’s time to start asking questions: Do you really need a smart tea kettle? You want that aquarium in your office lobby, but does it have to be connected to your internet? Is unlocking your front door with your smart phone so convenient that it’s worth the risk? 

Be selective about what you hook up to the IoT, constant in your efforts to thwart hackers, and follow the best practices in this downloadable PDF from the U.S. Justice Department to be keep your risks as low as possible. And by all means, if you have questions about network security—call the experts for answers.