It is expected that there will be 64 billion IoT devices connected around the world by 2026. If that seems a while way, then consider that by the end of this year, there will be an estimated two to six connected IoT devices for each living person on the planet. The Internet of Things has experienced widespread global adoption, bringing with it multiple benefits for personal home users and corporate organisations. However, as with all types of cutting-edge technology, IoT introduces as many security concerns as it does potential gains. This guide will ensure you’re able to identify and solve any IoT cybersecurity risks within your law firm.
The Internet Of Things Explained
Starting with the basics, the Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to any device that has the ability to connect to the Internet. You may be thinking about laptops, smartphones, tablets and desktops. However, modern technology has allowed IoT to progress far further, with smart speakers, smart lightbulbs, IoT wearables and even smart fridges joining the party. The scope of IoT devices knows no bounds as manufacturers develop new ways to connect everything from toasters and water bottles to motion sensors and mirrors to the Internet. Once connected, these devices can analyse and share data with each other. Ultimately, the aim of IoT is to support the user, essentially making life easier through connected technology.
IoT In The Modern Law Firm
The modern law firm will probably have already begun to use these devices, perhaps without fully analysing the related IoT cybersecurity risks. Along with smart computers such as your tablets, notebooks, desktops and smartphones, you might also have smart cameras for video conferencing and smartpens for your case notes. Your corporate office may also be using smart heating, cooling and lighting technology and your lawyers wearing smartwatches. And since lockdown, many legal professionals are now working remotely too, so it’s important to take home IoT devices into account when drawing up your security strategy.
Typical IoT Cybersecurity Challenges
Unfortunately, IoT cybersecurity rarely meets the standards of typical network security. Because of the vast number of products that are now manufactured as being IoT-ready, it can be challenging for security professionals to identify exactly how many IoT devices are connected to their networks at any one time. IoT devices often come with default passwords that are difficult or impossible to change. If a simple IoT device such as your lighting motion sensor is using an outdated operating system or is still using the store-bought default password it came with, then your law firm could be in big trouble.
Hackers Regard IoT As An ‘In’
Hackers can exploit IoT cybersecurity vulnerabilities by targeting any networked smart device with low security. They then use this as a base to attack any other device that it is connected to. In this way, hackers can deploy bots or worms to launch denial of service attacks or send out mass marketing through other connected systems. By controlling the devices on a network, hackers also can manipulate, expose or delete confidential client data.
Top Reasons To Take IoT Cybersecurity Seriously
Law firms who do not prioritise IoT cybersecurity can expect the following:
- Loss of data integrity
- Loss of reputation if they are the target of an IoT attack
- Failure to meet compliance standards set out by ICO, Attorney General and the Bar Council
- Receive GDPR fines of up to EUR 10 million or 2% of annual global turnover
Your law firm can easily avoid these scenarios by outsourcing your IoT cybersecurity management to the experts. Our team will establish procedures to:
- Detect exactly which IoT devices are connected to your network
- Authenticate these devices – ensuring the identity and origin is known to prevent spoofing
- Review and update – continuously monitor the situation and provide security fixes as required to stay abreast of the latest IoT cybersecurity threats.
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