Recent developments in the Internet of Things are making facilities easier to operate and manage than ever before. But these powerful technologies also expose facilities and their internal networks to cybersecurity attacks that can wreak real havoc to facility systems and expose sensitive data.
Improve your facility’s cybersecurity defenses with these tips:
Keep Everyone in the Loop
IT usually takes care of a facility’s cybersecurity plan, but Internet of Things devices may also be the responsibility of facility managers.
That’s why it’s a good idea to consult with your IT department when planning future Internet of Things upgrades. This way, you can ensure the products you purchase have the most-recent security features built into them.
Know the Risks
Facility managers need to find the weak points where hackers could break into facility networks and infect it with malware or even destroy or steal sensitive data.
Luckily, most IT workers are experienced at finding system weaknesses, but if you don’t bring them into the conversation, they will not be able to advise you on the best security strategies.
Mobile Device Action Plan
Mobile devices can present a major security challenge for facility managers and IT staff. That’s why it’s a good idea to require staff to password-protect all of their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to keep criminals out and sensitive data protected.
We also suggest frequently backing up the data on all facility computers, but especially the ones holding your most sensitive data.
Want to know more about security your facility? Call the experts at MaintenX today!