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SMARTS & PARTS
IT Intelligence by Ken Whelan
'The Birds and IoT'
Unfortunately,
when it
comes to
cybersecurity,
nothing is
complicated
enough. The
best defense
to not being
hacked is not
having a device
communicate
with anything
inside or out.
▶ JUST AS THE " BIRDS AND BEES " talk
can be diffi cult, so can talking to your customers
about IoT. If you are supplying and installing the
devices, you know to use protection. We as an
industry constantly talk about it and yet we still
feel insecure about it. Are your customers thinking
about it as much as we do? Here's how to
have that conversation.
We all love to save money and do it yourself
when working on anything around the home or
offi ce. Th is can be a very great cost-saving and
fulfi lling task. But what task should you not take
on? Th ese days you have many playing armchair
lawyer, doctor and even engineer. Anyone who
went to years of school for these professions can
tell you one thing, they still were not ready to do
the job on day one. Th e years just prepared them
for day one.
When it comes to IT, computers and electronics
we are a world away from the VCR
blinking 12:00 and not taping your favorite
show (poorly). Setting up your devices has become
easier, and everyone is used to upgrading
quicker and quicker.
Would you trust your brakes to an amateur?
Would you fl y with someone with only a handful
of hours behind the stick? Would you want a
chef preforming minor surgery just because they
know how to use a knife? You would not put
your physical life in the hands of the untrained,
why do it with your digital footprint?
Th e Internet has been a great tool. We have
smart things from phones, computers and tablets
to juicers, washing machines and thermostats.
You can even now buy a smart device robot
to follow you around. But here is the thing,
Ken Whelan is COO of
Engineered Security.
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" things " on the Internet are not always nice.
Somewhere in the world, not in some dark
basement or warehouse, but in a standard-looking
offi ce space, a hacker is toiling away like
any other worker to exploit week spots for
their gain. Sure, Microsoft and Apple have you
covered. Sure, your IT department locked everything
down. Th at is until that cheap, smart
device you got off the Internet is set up on the
guest network. Once you let them in, where are
they stopped?
" Solid IT security has always been based in
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standards. Lack of uniformed standards with
IoT makes it hard to keep up, " according to
Joe Dorio, a CISSP-certifi ed Network Engineer
for Engineered Security. " As IoT increases and
widens the threat paths, cybercriminals are raising
the stakes. "
A key to any engineering design is to make
it simple. Over-engineering hurts many projects.
Unfortunately, when it comes to cybersecurity,
nothing is complicated enough. The
best defense to not being hacked is not having
a device communicate with anything inside
or out. This includes people. Social hacking
is the best tool in the arsenal and IoT devices
are Trojan horses.
Dorio adds, " Most IoT devices have fewer
processing and storage resources, making it
harder to employ security to protect them. "
Simple-to-use devices are great, but simple-to-setup
can be dangerous. Auto-detecting
devices can always be auto-rerouted. A great
online video can be a great way to leave the
backdoor open. A random sideload can be a
death sentence.
Cybersecurity is so much more than protecting
yourself. It is protecting society. Most of
the worst cybercrimes have happened to larger
targets, by fi nding soft, smaller targets to get to
them. Larger companies in retail, supply chain,
digital storefronts, Content-as-a-Service, SaaS
and many others are being successfully attacked
due to cybersecurity holes in their vendors' systems.
Credit cards, social security numbers, passwords
and other data are ripe for the taking or
the attacker can just lock everything down and
hold it for ransom. Th e Wayne family is safer
walking down a dark alley after a show then you
are connecting to the free WiFi in a café.
DDoS attacks are now coming from cameras
and other equipment on a network. Virtual
networks are great, but physical, separate networks
are better. Being connected to the Internet
and getting updates is convenient, but
no outside-world connections are even better.
Having access to your data is wonderful, but it
being incased in concrete at the bottom of the
ocean, well, it's not better, but it is safer. Constantly
keeping your end users informed and
educated on all these topics and more will help
them understand how important it is to stay
protected and that you are their key resources
in doing so.
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