55% of IT professionals consider security as a top priority when it comes to the Internet of Things. This piece of data, from 451 Research, only confirms what we already know: connecting everything to the internet is wonderful and full of benefits, but if we don’t take care of it, it can make your projects truly vulnerable.
One of the main risks is related to data privacy. When you use sensors, cameras, printers, microphones, all the information is stored in the cloud and that breach is just what criminals need.
Using a very tangible example, let’s think of smart home appliances. A smart refrigerator with autonomy to order whatever is missing from the grocery store. Your bank details must be registered to make the purchase automatically. If someone hacks your fridge, you are in big trouble.
Okay, I understand the problem. What is the solution?
The good part is that the technology is already prepared for all these cases. EUGENIO already has all the security you need for your IoT project – there’s no need to worry. But if you’re not using our platform yet, we’ve listed some important tips to think about before you go out and capture all the data you can.
- Start from the beginning, device access
The first thing to do is: having strong passwords on your devices or registering, when possible, biometrics for access. Also, plan to change these passwords from time to time, it also helps a lot.
- Antivirus is important, automation is essential
Having the best antivirus is not enough. You always need to remember to update it, or if you don’t want to think about it too much, there are several options for automating this process. This is the best way to guarantee the performance of your program. Every day (or hour) new ways to invade data are discovered and these antivirus companies are already looking at it for you.
- Keep updated
This point is related to the previous one. Check if the softwares you are using are also up to date. It is important to always use the latest version to minimize exposure.
- LGPD is around, don’t leave it for later
When it comes to IoT, it’s impossible not to talk about data. Now, with the new General Data Protection Law (LGPD), it is necessary to review all the ways to collect, store, process and share information. Users’ authorization is required to use data, but if this is not possible (due to volume, for example, or access to these people), an alternative is to anonymize all the data.
- Test it, test it again and test it one more time
Perform evaluation tests frequently on your project, both in hardware and software. Try, from time to time, to invade your own security. This is one of the best ways to find loopholes.
Well, if you don’t want to think about security all the time, use EUGENIO. As we’ve talked about before, we’ve already thought about it all. So you just need to stay focused on your project and the results it will bring.