Smart devices are all the rage in today’s consumer-based market. People love to get their hands on devices that can help them better track and manage their lives. There are two factors that play into how these devices can be brought into a professional work environment, though, and they are security and reliability.
The biggest challenge that comes from implementing smart devices for businesses is the question of security. Are they able to be implemented into your infrastructure in a way that doesn’t compromise your security? Breaches of all kinds can occur if you’re not careful with how you implement these connected devices.
Developers of such gadgets do take security fairly seriously, as they are aware of the business implications of not taking it seriously. However, this responsibility is not on the developers alone; businesses choosing to implement these devices must also be cognizant of the security risks and challenges presented. To do your part, you can partition your network and keep smart devices separate from the rest of your infrastructure. Furthermore, many of these devices are also built from an ease-of-use standpoint, so securing them in an appropriate way can be challenging at times.
Many types of IoT devices can bring value to a business, including smartphones, automated inventory control systems, smart locks, appliances, and so much more. These devices can be broken into three categories:
Most IoT devices are going to contribute to security management, particularly physical security. Think about remote-controlled doors and access control and you’ll see what we mean; secure authentication systems, whether they are for devices or for your office doors, are popular uses of the Internet of Things and smart devices.
Utility costs can be considerable for businesses, whether they are for heating or cooling the office or for keeping the lights on. IoT-powered devices can help you keep closer tabs on your energy expenditures, and they can even help you keep control over them from a distance. For example, if you forget to turn the lights off in your office before you leave for the day, you can just log into the app and do it from your home.
Smartphones and other similar IoT devices can aid in productivity, but other devices can help you automate systems and processes that would otherwise cost you time and resources. One way that offices have leveraged this technology to their advantage is through smart speakers. You just speak into it and it can accept various commands or link with a worker’s profile. It makes scheduling less frustrating and complicated.
How would you use smart systems to improve your business operations? Let us know in the comments, and if you need a hand with implementation, look no further than SCW.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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