The Future of Connected Devices

As new technologies emerge it is important to take into account the future of connected devices when creating and implementing your cybersecurity plan. This idea is the final focus of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

How will new technologies impact your eCommerce business? Will faster internet speeds and bandwidth impact how your employees’ work? How can having more devices connected to your network impact your cybersecurity risk? These are all questions to consider while considering the future of your cybersecurity.

How 5G Might Impact Your Small Business

According to Qualcomm, 5G is “meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connects new industries.”

5G is expected to be readily available to many in the coming years. How might 5G this available affect more traditional internet providers (such as Comcast and Charter)? It may mean they are replaced with the 5G service. Would this strengthen or weaken your cybersecurity strategy for your small business? How much control over a 5G network would you have? While these answers may still be unclear, what is certain is that 5G will change cybersecurity planning for our small businesses.

How Industry 4.0 Might Impact Your Connected Devices?

According to Forbes, “the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing…A combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems make Industry 4.0 possible and the smart factory a reality.”

Industry 4.0 has been around for a few years, becoming the way of the future, especially in manufacturing. As more and more devices are capable of connecting to your small business network, how should you segment them from your most important data and devices? For example, should your coffee maker or your security cameras be connected to the same network that your most critical business data resides on? Our suggestion is to create a separate network specifically for your Internet of Things devices.

As technology improves small businesses need to be ready to adapt and adopt new cybersecurity practices to protect themselves. For more info check out SmallBusinessBigThreat.com.