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Internet of Things (IoT)

What is
Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT devices attach to the wired or wireless network but do not necessarily have operating systems that can be patched like a Windows PC. IoT devices are commonly called “Headless” devices since they don’t use a Keyboard, monitor, or mouse.  
Types of IoT
Types of IoT devices include medical devices like network-connected infusion pumps, video cameras, thermostats, projectors, lighting systems, sensors, automation and control systems etc. IoT devices can communicate with each other or to some Software as a Service (SaaS) application on the Internet. 

IoT devices are built for functionality and ease of use, not necessarily with security in mind. Attention needs to be focused 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 utilizing a Botnet and executing Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against 3rd party websites or other network components.

You may not have an option of having IoT devices on your network, 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 numerous other IoT devices can be powered by your network. 

IoT devices are the fastest growing network-attached devices by far. Securing these devices should be a very high priority.

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Enables automation

We are here to help. 

Nth Generation offers teams of tenured experts that provide the

expertise and certifications needed to assist with your IoT needs. 

Partner with Nth to determine:

How can you secure your IoT devices?

How can you protect your network from compromised IoT devices?

Do you have an accurate inventory of all your network-connected IoT devices and have you validated that each of them are not stealthy interfacing with sensitive systems and/or exfiltrating data?

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