Top 5 ways organizations can secure their IoT devices

Connected devices are increasingly being targeted by hackers and cybercriminals. Deloitte shares five tips on how companies can better protect their IoT devices.

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Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated in recent years with more connected devices hitting the consumer, commercial, and industrial markets. Smart TVs, smart speakers, smart appliances, thermostats, light switches, security systems, health monitors, medical devices–these are just a few of the many types of internet-connected devices that have arisen. 

But the greater ubiquity of IoT devices has naturally aroused the interest of cybercriminals, who are actively seeking to compromise them, plant malware, and steal information. In a report released on Thursday, Deloitte shares several ways that organizations can better secure their IoT devices.

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With the number of IoT devices set to jump well beyond 41 billion by 2025 according to research from IDC, governments are already getting involved in the effort to secure them. California is set to launch a new Internet of Things Security Law on January 1, 2020, which will require that all IoT devices be outfitted with reasonable security protection. As such, organizations should already be prepping ways to protect their connected devices. Companies that deploy IoT devices in their environments should beef up their security measures, while manufacturers that make connected products should ensure that they’re secure by design.

“The risk of compromise to a connected device is too great to ignore and often too late to reactively respond to,” Sean Peasley, partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP and IoT security leader for…