Increasingly, if you use a device that runs on electricity, chances are it can connect to other devices and the internet at large.  This goes beyond your laptop and tablet and includes devices such as TVs, refrigerators, baby monitors, and even dressers.  These so-called smart devices are part of a trend known as the Internet of Things, or IoT.

Our increased level of connectivity via IoT allows for greater efficiency and productivity. But this comes at a price: IoT may also connect you to cybercriminals who would take advantage of connectivity for their personal gain at your expense.

Protecting IoT devices

As we live more and more of our lives online, the number of cyber-attacks against legitimate users continues to grow.

The big, scary thing: In many cases, you won’t even know an attack is happening.

An attacker can take advantage of any number of unsecured IoT devices and leverage them against you or someone else.  To counter growing cyber risks, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) introduced the protection initiative, “If you Connect IT, Protect IT”.

Tips and tools to reduce your cyber risks

Aligned with the CISA initiative, Infoaxis developed a valuable eBook to offer you the advice and strategies we recommend to our clients to mitigate cyber risks.

In this eBook, you will find resources to help you develop good cyber hygiene for every device you connect to the internet – including your new state-of-the-art IoT dresser.  The book also covers topics such as phishing and ways attackers might try to gain access without directly attacking your system.  No matter the attack vector, the theme is still same:  If you connect IT, you MUST protect IT.