A few years ago, there was a decision made to make a concerted effort by manufacturers to create their products, but to also create those same products with “smart” technology inside. Basically, because of the rampant innovation of Internet-connected systems, devices, appliances, and knick-knacks of all types we have to ask the question: Are we being dumb for using all these smart devices?
Let’s start at home. The modern home features more internet-connected devices than ever. Most of these devices are connected to the Internet wirelessly. Manufacturers have taken to outfitting products with sensors and other smart technology to try and simplify the integration of technology and life. The idea is simple: If people can use their mobile devices and automation to cut down on time, they can get more done without much effort. Have you ever wondered why people need smart washers, refrigerators, or coffee machines? Theoretically, they are designed to make their lives easier.
On the surface, this strategy seems pretty useful. The one major drawback is security.
A business can use much of the same smart technology that you find in the home, but there is much more to lose if that technology is a security risk. If you get hacked at home, your IoT-fueled appliances may not respond as designed, or at worst your personally identifiable information will be leaked. If this were to happen at a business, however, much, much more is at stake. So the question becomes: Is using smart technology in the workplace, dumb?
The first (and really only) problem with the deployment of smart technology in the office is the lack of dedicated security a lot of smart devices carry. Moreover, your staff could be bringing in their own smart technology. In a time where every endpoint has to be secured--and when dedicated security for IoT could be looked on as an unnecessary expense--businesses have to weigh the benefits of the presence of this technology.
While there isn’t a complete solution for securing network-connected endpoints through the device, there are some strategies that businesses use to rangle these smart devices. They include:
Like the cloud before it, smart technology is looked on as an insecure technology. Time will tell if it will be welcomed into the modern workplace as Software as a Service and Desktop as a Service platforms have. Call KT Connections at 605-341-3873 today to pick our technicians’ brains about the Internet of Things, IoT security, and which smart devices bring you value.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.