The Internet of Things is changing and challenging the modern business landscape. Improving connectivity, IoT is creating IT infrastructure that moves quickly, efficiently, and enables corporate strategies by providing anywhere, anytime accessibility and insights. These updates not only help keep businesses up-to-date, reduce their costs, and improve efficiency but also reduce the risk associated with an increasingly connected IoT network infrastructure by removing loopholes related to dated software on IoT devices (also known as ‘things’) that can be manipulated by cyber threats.
IoT devices can be utilised to:
- Deliver real-time performance and usage insights
- Automate decision making
- Automate maintenance and software updates
- Monitor inventory and production
- Improve production quality
- Reduce costs and maintenance
By incorporating IoT device security strategies, companies will be better able to:
- Manage the quality and quantity of IoT data received
- Accurately predict and analyse device performance
- Predictively monitor, maintain and optimise IoT insights and usage
Updates with IoT
With the ability to auto-update, schedule updates, or manually update IoT software, businesses can adopt policies that meet their needs. Automatic updates are fast becoming standard practice for IoT that enable greater efficiency by saving time, effort, and money often wasted scheduling and enabling updates.
Building IoT strategies with enabled updates also help improve company safety. With large numbers of connected devices, IoT engagement can pose a risk to businesses who do not have an appropriate security strategy in place. Automatic updates, and systems that are built to remain updated and secure, help reduce risk and keep networks up to date and ahead of current cyber threats.
Devices can also be programmed to alert users and businesses when it is time to be upgraded. This allows companies to plan rollouts and maintain a regular maintenance schedule – one that can be coordinated by IoT insights and structures.