CytexOne Offers Tips on Securing the Smart Technology in Your Las Vegas Business
This year, the weekend before Halloween was one of the scariest ever faced by the smart technology industry, and not for the reason you may think. Instead of ghosts and goblins popping out of dark corners, a very real threat jumped out at us – the entire internet nearly crashed thanks to a DDoS attack. While searching for answers, the Internet of Things came under sharp scrutiny. Now, as experts start to understand what happened and begin to realize the fault doesn’t lie with smart technology, many business owners are left with questions about how to protect their infrastructure against malicious attacks. In this blog, CytexOne offers some smart tips on keeping your commercial network safe.
What Really Happened?
There’s been a lot of confusion about why the internet went down in October. The answer is that a cyberattack targeting a popular Domain Name System (DNS) called Dyn, which hosts major sites like Twitter, CNN, Spotify and many others, caused a distributed denial of service (DDoS), effectively shutting down the internet on the east coast of the United States.
In other words, a DNS is a directory for websites. The attack drowned Dyn’s DNS in fake traffic, causing it to shut down. When users typed in a URL for a site hosted by Dyn, the site could not be found because the DNS wasn’t functioning properly.
Experts were quick to begin uncovering the source of the attack. The main culprit seems to be 500,000 infected IP cameras and DVRs from a company in China called Hangzhou Xiongami Technology. This has led some to claim that smart technology in general and the Internet of Things, in particular, are to blame, but that’s simply not true. As Simple Control founder Will Price told CE Pro:
“Very specific network camera DVRs and camera firmware was involved in this particular attack. The budding Internet of Things has no more to do with this than the advent of the Internet caused Windows XP security problems. It is the vendors releasing products not properly secured that are at fault.”
How Do You Protect Your Business?
With so many businesses now utilizing some form of integrated smart technology, it’s understandable that some would be wary of even the mention of IoT causing massive outages. However, there are plenty of ways that you can keep your business safe from attack. Here are a few:
Passwords: Passwords may seem obvious, but it’s looking more and more like the specific Chinese products featured weak ones, making the attack easy. You should segment your network with individual, complex passwords – say, a different one for the each floor –to halt or slow down an attack if it occurs.
Firewalls: Firewalls block any unauthorized users from getting into your network. You can enhance firewall protection by setting up a password for it as well.
Antivirus Software: Antivirus software protects from more than just viruses. It isolates and quarantines any potential threat to your system including malware, Trojan horses, spyware and adware.
Virtual Private Network: A VPN allows you to share valuable information with staff and authorized users whether they are remote or onsite. For added security, you can share the most confidential information only within the confines of your boardroom and use geofencing technology to remove it when users exit the space.
CytexOne is Las Vegas’ premier smart technology integrator. If you have more questions about how to protect your business, contact a CytexOne professional today.