Since I’ve been selling IT Asset management, I’ve seen numerous articles like this one pop up. Knowing what’s on your network, both hardware and software, are the top 2 things in the CIS top 20 so it’s no surprise that this applies to IoT. Ask me about Axonius some time…:
1. You can’t protect what you can’t see
Less than half of all businesses are able to detect IoT breaches, according to a recent study. This detection issue is largely the result of the sheer number of IoT devices on current corporate networks. The modern enterprise includes numerous smart devices such as TVs, thermostats, coffee makers, projectors and clocks. Keeping track of all these connected devices – let alone whether they have been compromised – is an enormous challenge. The solution is to ensure full endpoint visibility and control. This provides organisations with the ability to see and acknowledge all connected devices, closely scrutinise their activities, enforce the latest security patches and enable direct control of devices behaving suspiciously.
Improved endpoint visibility also allows for in-depth analytics of what traffic is moving through a network, which devices are communicating with each other and if any of this activity is potentially suspicious. This provides enterprises with improved situational awareness of the devices in their workspace and allows for easier implementation of cyber-strategy. Most importantly, though, endpoint visibility mitigates the risk of an IoT device slipping through the net where they become a hidden vulnerability just waiting to be discovered by cyber-criminals.