Telecommunication company, 9mobile has said it is working with strategic partners and other key players within the digital services ecosystem to help Nigerian businesses deliver breakthrough results through the rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT allows a network of ‘things’ – any form of equipment or device with embedded electronics and powered by software – that are connected and designed to interact in a specific context through the exchange of data. It creates opportunities for businesses and governments to access real-time information that can improve efficiency, responsiveness, and overall performance.
Speaking as a panel discussant on ‘Making Internet of Things Work for Business’ at the 2018 Nigeria Com Conference held in Lagos, 9mobile’s Chief Product and Information Officer, Otuyemi Otule highlighted the benefits IoT can bring to businesses, and stressed that security and the people implications are as important in IoT considerations as are the drivers for adopting IoT in the first place.
Otule, who explained that anything capable of gathering data and transferring such to a central location where decisions are taken and the data that is transmitted are potential targets for cybercriminals, stated that businesses have to ensure that none of the components in their IoT network (devices, the operating software) is vulnerable.
According to him, “risk could be anywhere, not just on the device but across the network, the threat landscape is ever changing, and cybercriminals are hard at work looking for loopholes.
Most software developers never thought of designing security into their solutions until the rise of cybercrimes. Hackers can hijack your device and compromise the data transmitted; they can intercept the information you send and use it to gain valuable insights into the business or its executives’ lives. With more devices than people on the planet today and growing exponentially, the risk landscape is complex and dynamic. It is therefore important for businesses to pay attention to security as they embrace IoT.
“The best way to protect your business is to embark on this IoT journey with a partner who understands your threat landscape because it is illogical to focus your resources on dealing with the ever-changing threat landscape rather than on your core business. You therefore need to work with professionals who understand the industry and your business’ vulnerabilities.
Protecting and securing businesses and customers start with securing the gateway or door to these services and this involves simple steps such as changing default passwords that come with these devices, and a culture of regular, difficult-to-guess password changes,” Otule said.