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The Internet of Things and Surprising Consequences Houston IT companies are increasingly called upon to provide tech support solutions for businesses which incorporate IoT (Internet of Things). IoT tech is positively ubiquitous today. It can be found in hair brushes, refrigerators, egg holders, thermostats, phones, televisions, computers, tablets, LED lighting arrays, garage door openers, […]
Houston IT companies are increasingly called upon to provide tech support solutions for businesses which incorporate IoT (Internet of Things). IoT tech is positively ubiquitous today. It can be found in hair brushes, refrigerators, egg holders, thermostats, phones, televisions, computers, tablets, LED lighting arrays, garage door openers, cars, construction signs— the list goes on!
Naturally, with such a ubiquity of entry points, IoT represents a windfall for many who are in cybercrime. Certainly, security is possible, but unless you work with the right MSP or have an internal department which has as its core prerogative profitable technology security development, you’re likely to have vulnerabilities about which you are unaware.
The following are four areas of vulnerability often overlooked by both businesses and individuals:
Johnson and Johnson have insulin pumps that can be hacked. Talk about a hostage situation! If you’ve got a CEO with a pacemaker and some underhanded blackhat hacker decides to steal from your business, all they’ve got to do is stop his heart for a split-second, contact him, then tell the man to send a certain sum to a certain account, or he’ll be allowed to expire. IoT devices which affect the personal health of individuals must be taken into account with any corporate security plan. Perhaps, just keep those individuals from having access to financial data.
Many toys these days come IoT-enabled and very few people see them as a security threat. CloudPets was hacked in this way. If it’s “bring your daughter to work” day, you may need to institute a “no toys” policy for security.
In Austria, one hotel incidentally locked guests out of rooms through a hacking issue wherein all card-readers were made to accept no keycards. Houston IT companies can help you safeguard keycard access systems so that they won’t be hacked.
A car wash can be made to attack those inside it. The method is through IoT connectivity which provides an access route to the systems controlling the wash itself. You’ve got to secure such systems against being over-ridden.
Houston IT companies like ICS can help you determine where vulnerabilities may or may not lie as pertains to your business and its contemporary IoT solutions. Contact us to see what can be done to protect your digital assets, ensure the safety of your clientele, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll be hijacked.
ICS is a Texas-based 37-year-old technology company specializing in Managed IT, VoIP, Video Conferencing and Video Surveillance solutions for US and International businesses. ICS has over 4000 regional installations and specializes in multi-site businesses between 25 and 2500 employees. ICS’s customers enjoy the experience of ICS’s Total Care program which provides clients flat fee services with obsolescence and growth protection. Whether a customer elects to deploy their IT, Video Conferencing or VoIP in the cloud or on the customer’s premise, ICS can provide a full turn-key solution for our clients under one flat monthly fee.
ICS will never sell, rent, share or distribute your personal details with anyone. In addition, we will never spam you.
We offer managed IT services for large to small organizations at a flat-rate monthly fee. You can get started now with a 60-day, risk-free trial. If you’re not 100% satisfied with our services, you’re able to cancel your contract – no questions asked. ICS works hard to earn the trust of each and every business we work alongside.