By 2020 there will be nearly 30 billion IoT devices. The more devices, the bigger the threat to the internet at companies that have not taken appropriate cybersecurity measures to protect their devices.
The risk and solutions are shared by the manufacturer (OEM) and their customers. There are best practices that both can take to strengthen security and mitigate risks.
In 2018, NEMA, published a white-paper called 'Cyber Hygienge Best Practices' that "identifies a set of industry best practices and guidelines for electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers to raise their level of cybersecurity sophistication in their manufacturing facilities and engineering processes" - NEMA.
This document addresses raising a customer’s level of cybersecurity by following seven fundamental principles:
AN EASY SOLUTIONS FOR OEMs & THEIR CUSTOMERS: Require default passwords to be changed before the device before it becomes operational
A common reason that IoT devices have been compromised is when default passwords aren't changed by customers. Default passwords are typically used to permofrm initial commissioning of devices to simplify that process. It is recommended to not only require default change, but to encourage customers against weak passwords as well.
If you want to learn more about your network and how to improve and secure it, we can help with a NETWORK ASSESSMENT
THE SERVICE TO ASSESS, REVIEW AND DELIVER A REPORT ON YOUR NETWORK PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, LOGICAL INFORMATION, SECURITY AND SAFETY.
Your network is critical and provides the backbone to your existing and future operation. Are you experiencing performance issues or outages? Do you know how many devices are on your network today and their location? Have you documented network plans and policies? These and other considerations are important to ensure that your network performs optimally.
The AIMM Services Network Assessment is designed to give a real-time review of your network and identify risks to its operation.