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Beyond the basics: Advanced strategies for keeping your IoT devices safe

By Perle Systems
May 3, 2023

From 9.7 billion in 2020 to more than 29 billion IoT devices predicted in 2030 — the number of internet of things (IoT) devices worldwide is anticipated to almost triple, as per Statista. While this has its perks, it's important to note that the more connected technology there is, the more possible entry points there are for intruders. Hence the need for security, which also has to be updated constantly; if IoT is evolving, IoT security should too.

Two years ago, we shared some of the best practices for securing IoT devices, all of which can be used now. However, according to Statista, over 10.54 million IoT attacks were reported globally in December 2022, which means cybercriminals are finding new ways to increase their attacks. This is a sign for all owners of IoT devices to find new ways to not only keep up with new IoT trends but also to protect their devices from being breached.

Let's take a look at some advanced strategies for protecting your IoT devices.

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI)

ML and AI are developing swiftly and are becoming key parts of IoT protective measures. They automate security procedures, prioritize potential risks based on risk factors and continuously learn about and react to emerging threats. By incorporating ML and AI into your IoT security strategy, you can benefit from the most recent advancements in cybersecurity and ensure your devices and networks are safe from both present-day and foreseeable threats.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Passwords sometimes aren't enough to protect your devices; they're either too hard for users or too easy for hackers. This is where MFA comes in. It's one of the top log-in innovations that allows users to provide two or more authentication factors to access their IoT devices. This extra layer of defense makes it more difficult for hackers to access your devices without authorization.

A man using password encryption on his laptopProtecting your IoT devices becomes more important by the day.

Zero-trust security model

The zero-trust security model works on the premise that nobody, not even employees or equipment, may be trusted before being verified. All people and devices are viewed as potential risks under this security model unless they can be verified and given permission. This strategy can assist in preventing lateral attacker movement within your network.

Secure your cloud infrastructure

Protecting your cloud infrastructure from cyber threats becomes essential if you want to keep your sensitive IoT data safe. You can make sure that it's protected from unauthorized access and malicious attacks by implementing security features, such as rigid access controls, encryption and monitoring. With these safeguards in place, you can properly focus on the development and success of your IoT projects.

Perform regular vulnerability assessments

For your IoT environment to be fully secure, it's crucial to perform routine vulnerability assessments. With this, you can spot potential weak points and vulnerabilities that attackers might exploit and mitigate them. These assessments help you better understand your security posture and let you rank security measures according to risk. As a result, your IoT environment is strengthened since you focus on the most serious vulnerabilities first.

Partner with Perle to effectively safeguard your IoT devices

Trust Perle to provide you with cutting edge security hardware and software products that protect your IoT devices and data. Regardless of your industry, we are committed to helping you safeguard your IoT ecosystem and keep up with the changing threat landscape.


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