5 ways to secure Internet of Things devices – Gulf Business

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Internet of Things (IoT) devices include wearables, smart home appliances, smart city systems, self-driving cars, automated retail checkouts, and other smart devices for home and business use. Cybercriminals can infiltrate these smart devices to conduct attacks or even use them as a proxy for other types of malicious actions.

Recommended Security Measures for IoT Devices

To keep an organisation’s IoT suite safe, Kaspersky further recommends the following:

– Change the factory passwords at initial setup, use complex passwords at least 8 characters long, including upper and lower-case letters, numerals, and special characters.
– Use a strict access policy, network segmentation and a zero-trust model. This will help to minimize the spread of an attack and protect the most sensitive parts of the infrastructure.
– Check the IoT Security Maturity Model – an approach that helps companies evaluate all steps and levels they need to pass to achieve a sufficient level of IoT protection.
– Use a dedicated IoT gateway that ensures the inbuilt security and reliability of data transferring, like KISG 1000.
– Use Kaspersky Threat Intelligence as reference to block network connections originating from malicious network addresses detected by security researchers.

In 2023, IoT devices in the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa region were responsible for over 8 million outgoing attacks that were spotted on Kaspersky honeypots. To make smart devices around the world better protected, Kaspersky at its Cyber Security Weekend – META event announced plans for signing a strategic partnership agreement with Favoriot, a regional innovator in IoT platforms.

Securing IoT Devices with Kaspersky

IoT devices are connected with business applications and cloud platforms through business applications. Kaspersky IoT Secure Gateway 1000 (KISG 1000) ensures the security of these interactions due to the Cyber Immune operating system – KasperskyOS – at its core. With KISG 1000, the entire IoT system of an organization is protected at the gateway-level thanks to Kaspersky’s secure-by-design approach and built-in protection capabilities.

“This partnership will see our companies focus on jointly developing the Favoriot IoT platform and Kaspersky’s Cyber Immune IoT Gateway to provide for a safer tomorrow,” said Dr. Mazlan Abbas, CEO of Favoriot.

Victor Ivanovsky, KasperskyOS business development Lead, added:

“Kaspersky Cyber Immunity helps organisations operating across multiple industries, such as smart city systems, manufacturing, energy production or others, to get a secure IoT system and visibility across all connected devices. Customers can fully protect their IoT suite, from the gateway to the cloud, and manage it through one centralized administration console.”

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