IoT Attacks: How Hackers Take Advantage of Our Connected Devices

This blog post is in collaboration with SST and SymTec. Learn more about protecting your organization against digital threats by connecting with the team at SST today.

What are IoT attacks? IoT stands for “Internet of Things” and encompasses any device connected to your network and assigned an IP address. Examples include network printers, Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, mobile phones and smart watches. Hackers exploit weaknesses in these connected devices to gain access to your secured network, and eventually your computers and laptops.

Once inside your network, they can install malware or ransomware. Access to systems and data are not the only risks, however. Bad actors can hijack devices, interrupt services, lock you out of systems, or even commit crimes using your resources.

Many IoT devices are not given the same level of security as the other major components of your network, but unpatched software or outdated OS on these devices can be major vulnerabilities.

What can you do to mitigate an IoT attack?

  1. Keep a thorough inventory of all devices connected to your network.
  2. Implement strong technical resource policies limiting the use and scope of IoT devices.
  3. Update all firmware on IoT devices regularly.
  4. Evaluate how each device serves your business needs and eliminate superfluous devices.
  5. Physically secure IoT devices when not in use.
  6. Segregate your internal network. Require all personal devices to connect to guest Wi-Fi.
  7. Security tools like EDR and SEIM help catch breaches early to reduce impact.
  8. Train employees to spot social engineering techniques with regular cybersecurity training and simulated phishing emails.

While digital risks are everchanging, the experts at SST are equipped and available to help your organization identify the security measures needed to protect your most valuable information. Contact us today to learn more.