Managing the IoT Problem – It Starts with DiscoveryIn order to manage any new problem, the first step is to identify all of the moving parts that contribute to the risk. This includes establishing acceptable use policies, security standards, and identifying any shadow IT that may already be occurring by IoT devices that are present on the corporate network. To manage the later, BeyondTrust has introduced the free Retina IoT (RIoT) scanner. The tool is designed to expand on the asset discover and vulnerability identification premises we already know for operating systems, applications, SCADA, cloud, and now IoT. The new capabilities can work across wired and wireless networks to find and identify IoT assets by manufacturer and model, and document any known vulnerabilities like default passwords (responsible for the Mirai botnet) and missing security patches. This new tool (audit capabilities) is baked directly into our commercial products for licensed customers but also available for free for any business looking to wrestle with this upcoming problem. IoT devices are simply just another network device connected to our home or businesses networks. Their primary difference is that they are single purposed, generally do not contain features for security best practices like least privileged or role based access, and can be notoriously difficult to patch or even monitor. They have basically unlearned all of the security best practices we take for granted today and are more akin to a brain-dead SCADA thermocouple or PLC logic controller. While the convenience of these devices is currently out weighing the security risks; government, companies and consumers are taking note of their risks and potential long term threats. If you have begun to embrace this technology, consider looking at the Retina IoT scanner. Understanding that this is another chapter in IP-enabled technology is important; especially since this chapter has forgotten the lessons learned from the past. BeyondTrust can help reign in this new technology and help you manage the risks. Contact us today.
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Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors (2 Editions), Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. In 2018, Bomgar acquired BeyondTrust and retained the BeyondTrust name. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust strategy for privileged access management and remote access solutions. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.