Looking for a surefire wager? We’ve got two for you.
1. Internet-enabled devices ranging from video surveillance cameras and interactive whiteboards to HVAC controls and fire alarm panels will show up in bigger numbers at client sites in 2019.
2. Identifying and managing all that hardware will be a painful undertaking.
“It’s inevitable that IoT will show up more on corporate networks,” notes Alex Hoff, vice president of product and sales at network management vendor Auvik Networks. “Unfortunately, that’ll be a burden for the MSP. Why? Because many businesses don’t view IoT as IT—they view it as a tool—and don’t tell the MSP about their devices. That lack of communication represents a security threat.”
Channel pros can reduce the risk by creating a separate wireless network specifically for IoT devices, Hoff notes. “Then you’ll have to spend time educating clients to make sure they use the IoT network,” he says. “You’ll also have to check if any IoT devices have popped up on the main network without your knowledge … “You can reduce the amount of time all this work will cost you by preparing the segmented network ahead of time and ensuring processes are communicated, but it will still be an adjustment.”
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