IoT Security During COVID-19: What We've Learned & Where We're Going

IoT Security During COVID-19: What We've Learned & Where We're Going
Vigilance and ongoing training combined with an integrated security framework are key aspects of a successful strategy in the fight against the latest crop of pandemic opportunists.

When the pandemic began, organizations worldwide rapidly transitioned to a remote work model. In their rush to ensure business continuity, however, many left their networks exposed to cybercriminals. Furthermore, the potential attack surface of these organizations continues to expand because of digital innovation and business growth, further increasing risk. At the same time, the speed and sophistication of cyberattacks continues to make defending the network more challenging.

With IT teams on constant alert, it can be difficult for organizations to see the big picture. The move to remote work exacerbated the current situation by adding hundreds or thousands of potential attack vectors overnight as remote workers, their devices, and sometimes their home networks were brought onto the network. Consequently, according to data from our FortiGuard Labs threat research team, there has been a significant increase in cyberattacks.

In many cases, vulnerable Internet of Things (IoT) devices — whether deployed in home or branch offices, or internal devices now being accessed by remote users — have played a significant role in this uptick. So, while IoT devices have been instrumental in helping organizations worldwide, the networks these devices are connected to must be properly secured.

IoT Devices, Security, and Remote WorkNow that time has passed since the pandemic began, most organizations have had time to work out many of the kinks associated with their pivot to remote work. From an IoT security perspective, one issue that has had serious repercussions is that not all organizations could obtain the number of laptops they needed for all the employees who had to work remotely.

As a result, many remo ..