IoT Device Security Challenges for Organizations

IoT Device Security - Fognigma

The use of IoT devices within organizations has risen at an exponential rate, increasing the number of security risks. Whether its building sensors, surveillance cameras, IP phones, conference room technology, and more, IoT devices are everywhere. Although these devices bring various benefits to organizations, they usually go unmanaged compromising network security. How can organizations continue to gain the benefits from using IoT devices while easing their security concerns? Continue reading to learn more about the overall problem and an easy-to-implement solution. 

Security Challenges of IoT Devices

IoT devices are typically connected directly to the organization’s networks yet are unmanaged. And different IoT devices have different hardware, operating systems, firmware, are unregulated, have unknown vulnerabilities, and are used past there, so-called, supported life. According to the 2020 Unit IoT Threat report, 98% of all IoT device traffic is unencrypted and 57% of IoT devices are vulnerable to medium or high severity attacks. 

One of the biggest fears associated with IoT devices is they can be weaponized for launching cyber-attacks. Cybercriminals know where to find vulnerabilities allowing them to attack VoIP phones, office printers, video decoders, and more to infiltrate corporate networks. With that, organizations are faced with assessing IoT devices risks and trying to implement security policies. 

To limit IoT security vulnerabilities organization’s must adapt their security policies and become aware of the IoT devices currently in their existence, isolate IoT devices on separate networks, restrict access, change credentials, and do regular updates and patches. Luckily for organizations, Fognigma is here to help! 

A Solution So Simple, Non-Technical Users Can Protect Their IoT Devices 

Fognigma’s patented portable misattribution device, Wicket, connects to a Fognigma VPN and completely protects IoT and other network-enabled devices. Whether organizations are looking to protect one VoIP phone system, multiple surveillance cameras, office printers, or multiple workstations, all they need to do is place a Wicket between their modem and router for complete security under a Fognigma network. 

Wickets are small, easy to carry, and simple to set up – allowing employees to protect their IoT devices at home and on travel as well as in the office. Everything on a Wicket is protected from observation, interception, and tracking. Wickets even obscure user’s physical location by connecting to  Fognigma Exit Points that are disposable and can be deleted and recreated with new IP addresses and new physical locations, with no user interaction required. 

Wickets are designed for complete ease of use – allowing even non-technical users to completely protect their IoT devices, anywhere. 

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