The security benefits of using IoT as a small business

IoT is bringing numerous security benefits to small businesses

24Aug

The Internet of Things (IoT) has raised far more questions than answers for business owners across the world. Over the past few years, numerous authors have discussed the security risks that IoT devices have created. There are surprisingly few blog posts that cover the benefits that it provides.

Ashley Leonard, the CEO of Verismic’s Cloud Management Suite, told me that the IoT is going to transform security in the near future.

“IoT is already being deployed everywhere. Even if businesses aren’t consciously investing in IoT devices everything from fish tank thermostats to coffee makers, devices that businesses use every day, is already connected to the internet. And businesses are at risk for security beaches from these devices. While organizations typically focus on deploying the latest security updates to computers, many organizations are not deploying critical security updates to their IoT devices. The lack of standards and technology to discover and centrally deploy security updates to IoT devices is leaving organizations critically at risk. Companies are liable for any breaches, yet they can’t manage what they don’t know exists. That is why having a full inventory of every device connected to your network is the first line of defence in the new IoT landscape,” Leonard said.

The IoT is actually a major blessing for small businesses that need to improve their security. Here are some benefits that it provides.

ID and biometric sensors make verification much more reliable

For many years, security professionals have been developing more effective solutions to prevent intruders from accessing a property. There will always be security flaws for criminals to exploit the systems. However, more sophisticated systems are more difficult to crack.

Newer authentication devices have made it more difficult for intruders to gain access to businesses they want to break into. ID sensors are particularly helpful. They can screen an employee’s credentials before providing them access to the property. They can also be used to protect SAAS applications, such as Bluetooth.

Other IoT devices have more sophisticated safeguards to prevent unwarranted access. A number of new sensors analyze biometric data to verify the identity of any authorized user.


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What is the core benefit?

These IoT devices are proving to be much more effective at preventing unauthorized entry.

Remote real-time monitoring capabilities

Real-time monitoring has been possible for decades. However, these systems required someone to sit in front of monitoring terminals. Only the businesses that could afford to hire trained guards 24 hours a day benefited from the systems. Companies with smaller budgets were not so lucky. The average convenience store could not afford a guard to monitor the premises full-time.

Modern video technology has brought these systems to every business owner with a mobile device. They don’t need to hire a full-time guard to review the video feeds. They can stream the video to their tablet, laptop or smartphone.

A number of remote video monitoring systems have been developed for IoT. One of them was discussed at the 2016 International Conference on Communication and Electronics Systems (ICCES).

It depends on a motion detection algorithm that was developed with the Python programming language. Other programming languages are also capable of creating similar algorithms, but Python has proven to be most effective at developing security protocols for the IoT.

It depends on a Raspberry Pi 2 chip and Pi camera. The camera can be mounted anywhere the user wants. The user can control the camera positioning and feed with a webpage built into their mobile device.

What is the core benefit?

The benefit of this tool is its ability to provide real-time monitoring at a very low budget. Small business owners don’t need to hire a full-time security officer to monitor their property. They can get real-time alerts if it appears that somebody may have gained unauthorized access to their property. They can then use your tablet or smartphone to look at the feeds and monitor the premises.

Using smart locks

Smart locks have received a lot of attention over the past few years. NextMarket Research predicts that the market will be worth $3.6 billion by next year.

What is the core benefit?

Although the locks themselves aren’t necessarily more foolproof than their older counterparts, there are other compelling reasons they can help improve security. One of the most important reasons is that people will be more comfortable locking doors to the building when walking out for brief periods of time. A number of security breaches occur because employees don’t feel like locking the door after stepping out to take out the trash or run other quick errands. This is because it is a lot of work to get the keys and secure the bolts properly. If they have a smartphone app that gives them quick access, then this is not going to be nearly as much of an issue.

You also don’t need to worry as much about the security risks of somebody losing a key. Lost keys can easily fall into the wrong hands. Fortunately, people are not nearly as likely to lose their smartphones because they are larger and they are more careful about keeping an eye on them. Even if an employee or owner did lose their smartphone, the burglar would need to know the passcode to get access to the app that activates the smart lock.

IoT is bringing numerous security benefits to small businesses

Small businesses are beginning to discover that there are a number of security benefits associated with IoT devices. They should look into the benefits of connecting security devices to their mobile devices. This can significantly improve security.

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