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The reality is that businesses of all sizes have to come up with methods to deal with both BYOD and IoT security. Here are some ways to think about addressing the problems.
Well-defined Onboarding Process
Both BYOD and IoT have a common problem: they slip through the cracks. Employees can start using their personal devices without informing anyone. Similarly, a business might start using new equipment that has IoT components which could be connecting to the internet and sending information back to the manufacturer.
Companies have to look at their business requirements and create a comprehensive onboarding policy for BYOD and IoT. If security is of the highest concern, then companies might have to put restrictions on what BYOD or IoT devices are acceptable. Creating a well-defined onboarding process will allow companies to limit the scope of the attack surface and help provide better network security.
Better Policies, Guidelines, and Awareness
Everyone involved in the decision-making process should be able to easily define what is allowed and what is prohibited. The policies and guidelines have to be clear about things like firewall rules, access privileges, network segmentation, and more. If BYODs can use only certain applications, or IoTs can use only certain ports, that should be documented in a proper way. Also, the whole organization needs to cooperate to bring those policies to the forefront for better awareness.
Better Assessment and Monitoring Tools
Cybercriminals and hackers are aware of the opportunities that BYOD and IoT devices have created. Businesses will need to proactively monitor and prevent attacks. That requires the development of the right tools.
BYOD has been around for a little longer. So IT administrators have already taken into account how to address BYOD in their network. Businesses have used well-defined firewalls, anti-virus protection, intrusion detection, malware and ad blocking tools to keep their network safe from BYOD threats. As more administrators implemented these solutions, they realized that consolidating these features into a single tool would help them implement network security more efficiently.
The result is the rise of Unified Threat Management (UTM) that combines traffic monitoring, threat detection, and prevention in a single package. UTMs have already helped network administrators implement better firewalls and network security policies for their BYOD devices. The next step is to make sure UTM firewalls can address IoT-related issues. Fortunately, some UTMs are device-aware and can profile IoT devices to detect anomalous behavior. Administrators may have to pay attention to a larger number of devices, so registration and monitoring of IoT devices will require better automation tools to address scalability concerns.
Both BYOD and IoT are here to stay. As IoT devices follow in the footsteps of BYOD, it is necessary to recognize the security challenges that many will face. IoT is not slowing down, and security administrators need to ensure they have the right network security in place to protect their data and sensitive information. NG Firewall provides administrators with an all-in-one, affordable solution to not only protect the network, but also the connected devices. Untangle’s NG Firewall solution also provides enterprise-grade protection at the gateway, ensuring all your endpoints (including IoT) are protected.Schedule a demo or learn more about how Untangle’s UTM and next generation firewall can help administrators deal with these new threats.