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26
Jun
2017

The IoT Is Coming Whether Data Security Is Ready or Not

by Bill

According to a fascinating study in May of 553 IT decision makers, 78% said they thought it was at least somewhat likely their business will suffer data loss or theft due to the advancement of IoT (Internet of Things) devices like smoke detectors, cameras and home appliances. Furthermore, 72% said the speed of IoT advancement makes it difficult to keep up with the rapid rate of change now seen throughout a long list of evolving security requirements.

Meanwhile. Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will already be 21 billion IoT devices in existence, which is an amazing rise from just over 5 billion active devices in 2015. Furthermore, they expect 8 billion of those devices to be industrial, which in many ways makes them an even easier target for mass hacking campaigns or malware attacks.

The important takeaway from all of this is that the IoT revolution is here now and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. The speed of adoption by consumers is a much stronger force for change than the desire of security experts for the status quo or for a more measured roll out of these new products to avoid vulnerabilities.

That conflict and the eventuality that the world will soon have many more IoT devices active than it can safeguard is an important reason to ensure you have a clearly defined, robust and secure data recovery plan in place for all aspects of your online existence. Routine backups, offline ‘hard backups’, continually monitoring and a vigilant eye toward data security best practices may soon be the difference between having a brief bump in the road, and being entirely out of business for an extended period of time.

As always, NationalNet is here to provide all of our clients with fully managed hosting services that include many security measures designed to make you less likely to be knocked off line, more likely to keep your data secure, and allowing your sites to get back online after an attack as quickly as technologically possible. It’s not quite as reassuring as it would be to say the IoT is going away, but we live in the real world where forward thinking business owners must accept hard truths, adapt to challenges and overcome all obstacles on the road to their continued success.

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