Internet of Things
IoT stands for Internet of Things. IoT’s are devices that attach to the wired or wireless network but don’t necessarily have Operating Systems that can be patched like a Windows PC. IoT devices are commonly call “Headless” devices since they don’t use a Keyboard, monitor, or mouse.
Types of IoT
Types of IoT devices include Medical devices like Infusion pumps, Video Cameras like “Ring”, Lighting Systems, Sensors, Automation and Control systems etc. IoT devices can communicate with each other or to some SaaS application on the Internet.
IoT devices typically are built for functionality and ease of use, not necessarily with Security in mind. Attention needs to focus on making sure these devices are secure, for instance hackers have been able to take over these devices and use them for an entry point to a company’s network where attacks can be launched. Another example is being used in a Botnet and executing DDoS attacks against 3rd party Web Sites or other network components.
WHY YOU NEED IoT?
You may not have an option of having IoT devices depending on what business you are in. If you are in the Medical industry, more medical tools are being networked all the time. If you are in manufacturing, Critical Infrastructure for water or Power Generation, IoT devices will be commonplace.
For those who want to be more efficient, lights, thermostats, door locks, and much much more can be powered by your network.
IoT devices are the fastest growing network attached devices by far. Securing these devices should be the priority.
BENEFITS OF IoT
Add Convenience by enabling network access to controls
Remote Video access can help increase location security
Can be tracked in the case of medical devices in a Hospital (RTLS)
Nth can help you:
Leverage meaning-based solutions within your enterprise.
Reduce risk and increase your competitive advantage.
Reduce contact center costs by applying analytics to call-center conversations.