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by Kevin Lancaster

A Plethora of IoT Devices Equals a Plethora of IoT Danger for Your Data


This year’s theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” encouraging individuals and organizations to “own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.” We’re doing our part by shining a light on some of today’s biggest cybersecurity challenges and how you can protect your systems and data from these risks. Let’s take a look at IoT danger and the unexpected security issues that can create for your business.



IoT Devices Create Security Risks


The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has brought much of that automated convenience that we were all hoping for in the future into our homes every day. It’s great to not have to get up to turn off the lights or remember to feed the cat or make time to vacuum anymore. Our devices enable us to do less grunt work, giving us more time for other things.

But those conveniences come at a price. Every one of your IoT devices is plugged into your home internet, which is generally far less secure than an in-office network would be. When your staffers are working from home and connecting to your company’s cloud infrastructure, those smart plugs and digital assistants are connected to your network too, creating risks like unexpected password compromise that you may not have accounted for in your cybersecurity plan.

Here’s a look at how IoT devices have caused unexpected cybersecurity issues:

IoT devices are becoming an increasingly common part of your staff’s workday, and they can create unexpected cybersecurity pitfalls even if they’re using them at home while they work remotely. That’s bad news for your company’s security, but good news for cybercriminals who are looking for an opening to slip through.


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  1. Password Reuse Pitfalls

One major risk factor with your staff’s IoT devices is password reuse and recycling. If your staffers are using the same password for their smartwatch app and their business email app, that can create danger for your business. Password reuse is an unfortunate fact of life – in a recent survey 91% of respondents claim to understand the risks of reusing passwords across multiple accounts, but 59% admitted to doing it anyway. It’s also dangerous for your business, as password dumps expose you to additional risk.

Passly is the answer for securing your systems and data against password theft and reuse risk. Multifactor authentication (MFA) adds a crucial layer of protection between a stolen or compromised password and your data and systems. If cybercriminals try to force their way into your systems with one of those reused passwords, MFA prevents it from opening the door to your systems and data.



2. Credential Theft Nightmares


Password reuse doesn’t just put your business in danger temporarily. Huge dumps of stolen passwords are all over the Dark Web, and more get added every day. These data dumps are cheap, or free, and they rarely ever go away. So what if your staffer is trying to outfox cybercriminals by recycling a favored password that they haven’t used in years, or creating passwords in an iterated pattern that’s easy to discern if you know enough about them?

Dark Web ID is here to help. Be sure that your employee credentials haven’t been compromised, especially for privileged executive or administrator accounts. With Dark Web ID’s 24/7/365 human and machine based monitoring and analysis, we scour the Dark Web for your company’s protected credentials so that you can be alerted to danger fast, allowing you to take necessary steps to address that vulnerability before the bad guys do.


3. Spear Phishing Traps


Phishing is today’s biggest security problem, and spear phishing is a major category of that highly successful vector of attack. Dark Web data dumps contain more than just passwords – they’re also full of all sorts of information about people and businesses, including PII and sensitive company information. IoT devices are constantly adding to this cybercriminal treasure trove, as millions of consumers fill in detailed information about themselves and their home internet connection that isn’t always stored securely.

Your staff needs to be ready for cybercriminal tricks, especially since phishing is up more than 600% over 2019. Regularly updated security awareness training with BullPhish ID can help lower the chance of one of your staffers falling for a phishing attack. Companies that engage in security awareness training including phishing resistance have up to 70% fewer cybersecurity incidents. BullPhish ID’s plug and play phishing resistance training kits are easy for businesses to run and engaging video lessons are easy for employees to understand, making training painless.


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IoT Risks Will Only Keep Growing


A recent study tells the tale of today’s IoT risks and the expected IoT future risk forecast. 70% of companies polled said they used IoT devices or their staffers did at home or at work – and IT teams were aware of successful or attempted hacks into company systems through those IoT devices. And that’s bad for your business, as it’s expected that there will be 28.5 billion connected devices in the world by 2022.

In another survey, 56% of IT professionals said that they expect an IoT-originated attack on their company with the next 12 months. That’s why it’s essential that you don’t wait any longer to ass the necessary security solutions to mitigate IoT cybersecurity risks – data breach risks have never been higher and no company can afford to shell out for a repair and recovery operation right now.

Take smart, sensible precautions to reduce your company’s IoT risk with ID Agent’s effective (and cost-effective) digital risk protection platform. Contact us to see how we can put our solutions to work securing your business against IoT dangers and other risks today.


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