Device Management Matters: Securing Smart Home Systems

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Why Smart Home Device Management Matters

A “smart home” uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect audio systems, thermostats, lighting systems, kitchen appliances, and so forth to a home network. That way, you can use Alexa, Google, or whatever service you choose to manage all of it. Getting all of those things to work together consistently and securely can pose a serious challenge, especially because of interoperability difficulties. Criminals can take advantage of these gaps as well.

Large companies already prioritize IoT security, because data breaches can cost millions and result in widespread damage. Smart home devices rarely have that much protection. Attackers have already taken advantage of opportunities to cause harm and expose sensitive personal information to the world.

Securing Smart Homes with Good Device Management

To deal with the security risks inherent in smart homes, homeowners have two main options:

1)    Implement a DIY Smart Home Security Solution

This option might seem simple, but you may end up with a false sense of security. Kevin Ghadyani, who tried to set up a smart home by himself with over 200 devices, wrote, “Don’t invest in a smart home unless you know what you’re doing.” Hackers never stop improving their skills, and dealing with all of the latest security vulnerabilities found in all of your devices and manually patching your home network can easily turn into a full-time job.

2)    Install a “Plug and Play” Smart Home Security System

Most smart homeowners should opt for a device-agnostic network security solution. We strongly recommend Trend Micro’s Home Network Security solution. It provides powerful intrusion prevention and supports just about all devices, including game consoles. A simple smartphone lets you manage everything. You just need a router or WiFi access point with at least one Local Area Network (LAN) port available.