Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Advice for RAF personnel on the Internet of Things and how to keep Smart devices secure:

We live in a digital society and connected devices make life and work more convenient. But what measures do you take to ensure your devices are secure?

What is the Internet of Things (IOT)?

The internet of things (IOT) describes internet-connected devices other than computers, tablets or mobile phones.

IOT at Home

In your home, these may include smart speakers (or voice assistants), security cameras and lighting, heating controllers,
appliances and printers. Children’s toys and baby monitors are also becoming increasingly connected.

IOT at Work

In your workplace, there will almost certainly be IOT devices too, such as office printers.

IOT Risks

Because smart devices in both the home and workplace carry out specific tasks for which functionality and usability is
enhanced through being online, they receive controls and transmit usage data to their owners and manufacturers. This is where the potential risks occur.

If either the IOT devices or the network they’re attached to aren’t secure, they could be illicitly accessed online, or your
data could end up in the wrong hands.

How to secure your connected devices?

The Air Cyber and Information Services Operation Centre and getsafeonline.org have created a guide to the Internet of Things specifically for RAF personnel and their families. Download the Get Safe Online: Internet of Things guide here.

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