5 steps to ensuring data security with the Internet of Things

As the IoT market continues to expand rapidly, so to does the need to ensure data is collected swiftly and stored securely.

Data security has certainly become a hot topic for discussion in recent years, with consumers and businesses alike naturally making greater efforts to understand what data they’re sharing and how it’s being used. The same attitude should be applied when implementing IoT systems, if you are to have confidence in the safe collection and storage of your data.

Below we have highlighted five steps to follow when you or any predictive partners you work with handle your data:

1. Process your data via the cloud

Even if you’re only monitoring a handful of assets, you’re understandably going to be processing a large amount of data transactions from remote sensors when your IoT system is up and running. It might seem natural to monitor this via an on-premise solution – seemingly this would give you the best visibility of your data – however, this is in fact more likely to cause further security risks, and place greater pressure on your staff. Your world could crumble following one break-in where your servers are stolen.

The best, adaptable approach to processing your data is via the cloud. As well as offering scalability, this easily allows you to ensure best practice is adhered to as and when new security features and standards are introduced – controlling what and who is able to access your data is of course going to be high on your list of priorities, which is why encrypted identity management methods are so important. You’re also given superior protection where disaster recovery is concerned thanks to automatic backups.

2. Pay attention to software updates

Put simply, your IoT devices are likely to be best protected when they are operating with the latest software updates and bug fixes – these are updates that should be implemented as soon as they become known to you. Failure to do so can lead to a number of software vulnerabilities that makes it easier for your system(s) to be infiltrated. Software updates also present opportunities to discover efficiency gains, as devices will operate at greater speeds, which in turn gives your system greater stability and more guaranteed uptime.

3. Take time to consider the networking of your system

The data networking of an IoT ecosystem can be approached in many ways – the most secure approach is to keep it on a separate physical network, independent of any other systems. Although congestion is rarely an issue with IoT on a shared network, having the assets on a separate network allows you to single-out issues with greater speed and accuracy, and dedicate more time to ensure endpoint security is fully optimised.

Virus protection software can of course be used to add a further level of protection, but it is when these elements are working together in harmony that your data security should be at its strongest.

4. Create a strong set of internal security policies

In order for your team to handle and process data securely, it’s important you establish a strong set of internal security policies and procedures that are clear to follow. This will ensure that, at any given stage in the data handling process, your team is prepared to ensure the security of your system does not become compromised. A robust security policy will consider accountability and ensure the correct procedures are in place to quickly deal with any issues that may arise.

5. Work with a partner who has relevant security credentials

Data is vital if predictive IoT management software is to work to its full potential – which Oneserve allows you to control through a centralised dashboard. This means you need to ensure your information is protected from unauthorised access and/or malicious behaviour. Oneserve can provide reassurance by offering 24/7 security monitoring, intrusion detection services and encrypted system access. We also carry out regular pen (penetration) testing and have ISO 27001:2013 accreditation.

To learn more about how Oneserve can transform your service delivery, whilst ensuring your security, request a free demo with our team today.