Office Smart Devices Could Leak Your Business Data

Office Smart Devices Could Leak Your Business Data

Businesses need to be very cautious when using smart devices. Some have been reported to transmit personal data through unencrypted traffic. In the past, one product that made headlines for this was the Nest Thermostat. An investigation revealed that the device exposed zip codes in a plain text format. Anyone with malicious intent could have easily located where the device was installed. Instances such as these are a major security risk and should not be taken lightly.

Smart devices collect, store, and share information. It is important to pay attention to your smart devices security. Be sure to conduct proper research and inspect a device before purchasing and installing it. An investigation performed on the security of some products shed light to some fairly concerning practices. It was discovered that an Ubi Smart Speaker used unencrypted emails to communicate. Sharx security cameras and PixStar photoframe data is also sent without being encrypted first.

Proofpoint, a firm in digital security, in January of 2014, announced that there were over 750,000 malicious email communications from over 100,000 smart devices. These are everyday electronics that you would normally think nothing of. Some of those even included a smart refrigerators and TVs. They may seem harmless and helpful, but it is important to pay attention to smart device security.

Small business owners should be weary when it comes to implementing new technology, especially when it us used to monitor data. You can remain safe from a data breach by conducting the proper research beforehand and regularly updating or monitoring your devices.

The vast majority of smart devices on the market do not have the necessary tools for keeping your information safe from attackers. Be aware of the potential risks and data that may be leaked to the web as these devices are constantly monitoring your home or business. It has been tested that most devices do not encrypt at least some portion of the data they are transmitting. These tests were conducted by Sarthak Grover, along with his colleagues, in a statement made at PrivacyCon that was held by the Federal Trade Commission.

Samsung, the creator of the SmartThings Hub, has been showing how security and IoT (Internet of Things) devices can co-exist safely. It uses the HTTPS protocol on port 443 and TLS v1.2 for all of the data that it receives and transmits. Every ten seconds it performs secure background updates that fingerprint the hub, ensuring that it is secure.

If you are someone who owns a business it should be noted that your data could be leaked by something that seems fairly harmless. You could be risking more than you realize when implementing a smart device into your business. Please ensure that whatever you buy encrypts the data it stores, shares, and collects. Your information could be used with malicious intent if you are not careful.

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