Understanding the Internet of Things
Understanding the Internet of Things
So what exactly is it then?
The Internet of Things, refers to the billions of physical devices globally that are currentley connected to the internet, all gathering and sharing data. Thanks to the arrival of innexpensive computer chips and the ubiquity of wireless networks, it's possible to change anything, from something as small as a pea to something as big as an aeroplane, into a part of the IoT.
Connecting up all these objects and adding sensors to them adds a layer of digital intelligence to devices that would be otherwise pretty simple, enabling them to communicate real-time data without involving a human being. The Internet of Things is weaving the fabric of the world around us to be more intelligent and more responsive, joining the digital and physical universes.
If you don’t completely understand what makes up the Internet of Things, you can’t adequately protect your business from the challenging new security vulnerabilities it might bring along with it. Thankfully, you don’t have to go this path alone. SMG Business Solutions Ltd is here to help ease your transition into a new age of technology.
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?
And what does it mean for your business?
According to Gartner’s IT glossary, the Internet of Things is, “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.” Simply put, any devices connecting to the Internet will eventually be able to influence both themselves and the environment just by using their Internet connection.
Essentially, its crucial to be prepared for the constant additon of new devices which will soon be able to work across a network. When it comes to your business, these devices could be a serious threat. There’s a high chance they could which is why being protected properly is so important.
Protect Your Business’ Network Security
More devices means more network access points.
Network Security is vital, we all know that. Keeping your infrastructure safe should be number one on your priority list, regardless of whether or not the Internet of Things poses a viable threat. This means keeping your operating systems up to date, and patching known vulnerabilities in your applications.
However, a constant issue with network security in the modern IoT, might be the result of so many devices connecting to the Internet; more specifically, through your business’ network. We can get you ready to connect safely with more devices. We can help you place precautions in place to protect your network from unauthorised access by devices. SMG Business Solutions Ltd can provide your business with our Unified Threat Management device, which is designed to robustly protect your network from a list of potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Bring Your Own Device To Work Strategy
Adopt mobile security best practices.
Maximising your network security will only get you so far in the battle against online threats brought on by the IoT. More devices will be connecting to the Internet, with many staff likely to bring more devices and technology to their offices. Emphasising the importance of proper security procedures for them and these devices is cruical help minimise vulnerable access points.
SMG Business Solutions Ltd's mobile device management solutions can help to show the good applications from the bad. Limiting the risk and what applications have access to sensitive or confidential data, which might be found on personal or work devices. It’s an ideal solution to augment your current BYOD policy, if you have one in place.
For more information about how SMG Business Solutions Ltd can help your business prepare for the Internet of Things, give us a call at 0808 501 5500. We can assess your network security and BYOD policies, and provide consultation for yours.