No one wants their secrets leaked on the internet. But as companies become more digitized, more confidential information is being kept online, leaving behind digital breadcrumb trails. The emerging importance of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) security in relation to asset tracking is no surprise to any company, but what actions are being taken to ensure security in asset tracking solutions?

Why IIoT Security is Important

There has been rapid growth in recent years of IIoT devices across companies. With this increase, has come an uptick of cyber attacks that compromise the security of data stored in digital company records. In particular, the emerging use of industrial IoT asset tracking solutions, means even more data being stored in-the-cloud that companies need to protect.

Asset tracking platforms help companies better manage inventory, while monitoring asset conditions. It’s important for companies to know how secure the technology they’re using is by selecting an asset tracking solution that runs on a secure network, free from breach risks. Lack of knowledge about associated risks can lead to loss of money or even trade secrets. As technology gets smarter, so do hackers.

Ensure IIoT Security

Some companies are hesitant to implement IIoT solutions due to worries about the security of these systems. While there are security concerns with any technology, there are ways to prevent IIoT security threats.

  1. Use Updated Technology. The biggest mistake companies often make in IIoT technology implementation is not updating to current or versionless systems. Security threats are more often seen in older technologies as they are more familiar with hackers. Also, older technologies typically require extensive infrastructure to maintain best practices surrounding security.
  2. Implement High-Quality Solutions. Technology is constantly changing, and innovators will sometimes rush the production of IIoT devices to keep up with demand. Poor encryption can result in rushing production due to a lack of focus on security.
  3. Choose a Complete System. Oftentimes, companies focus too much on protecting information inside a device but forget to protect the information as it travels from point A to point B. Data travels wirelessly through the internet and the cloud, meaning it leaves from one area to another.  Ensuring data is protected every step of the way is key in not compromising important information.

Secure Asset Tracking through Symphony Link

Symphony Link is a Link Labs solution used to transmit asset information securely. Through the use of a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) gateway, the system does not strain a user’s external wifi network and ensures data is free of security threats and risks. Symphony Link ensures that data is only shared between the connected devices.

As part of Link Labs AirFinder OnSite solution, Symphony Link is a secure way for companies to track and monitor assets. AirFinder uses Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and Xtreme Low Energy (XLE®) technologies to offer not only an affordable solution, but a reliable one.

Implement a Secure Asset Tracking System

All asset tracking technologies require IIoT cloud-based software to transmit data. And at Link Labs, we know how important it is to maintain a secure network. That’s why we have developed an IIoT asset tracking platform to prevent associated risks.

Avoid IIoT software vulnerabilities by investing in a secure solution. Reach out to our team to learn more about our secure AirFinder solution!

Jennifer Halstead

Written by Jennifer Halstead

Jennifer Halstead, MBA, CPA brings more than 20 years financial industry experience to Link Labs. She began her career in finance within the pharmaceutical industry and has continued in both public accounting and private companies. She passed the CPA exam with the 3rd highest score in the state and completed her MBA with an accounting concentration (summa cum laude). Jennifer has worked with several software companies and has led multiple venture financing, merger and acquisitions deals. She has helped companies expand internationally and has managed the finance department of a startup to 33 consecutive quarters of growth prior to acquisition. After the acquisition, she served as the Controller of Dell Software Group’s Data Protection Division where she managed a portfolio of multiple hardware and software products to scale and achieve over triple-digit growth worldwide in 18 months. Jennifer brings a depth of finance experience to the Link Labs team.

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