Many months ago (January 2017), I wrote a blog entry called "You May Be Held Liable For The Breach Of A Network Or Network Device You Recommend Or Deploy...", outlining how dealers may be held responsible in the future for the insecure networks they deploy today. The reactions were mixed, some scoffed, calling it scare tactics, but the great majority took heed, rethinking their network security standards. I think if you were to take all of the ransomware and data breach headlines written in the news between that article and this one into consideration, you would have to say that reconsidering your network security standards was the prudent thing to do.
Today, CEPro released a great article called "Cybersecurity Liability: Who's to blame if one bad IoT device Topples the Whole Network?" In their article, they bring up many of the same things I discussed back in January. The bottom line in the article is that like cybersecurity, liability is a continuum. Who is deemed negligent will change and will most certainly range from the manufacturer all the way to the integrator and down to the end user. It is a shared responsibility, but as the subject matter expert tasked with designing and securing the network, the lions share will undoubtedly fall to the integrator's feet unless the integrator can demonstrate otherwise.
Once the integrator has documented that all T's were crossed and all I's were dotted, following and even surpassing what is considered industry standard cybersecurity measures, then they can feel confident that the end user and manufacturer will shoulder the majority of the liability.
But how can the integrator do this in the ever-changing environment of the Internet and cyber-threats? There is simply no way to tell what the next big IoT device will be or what security flaws it will have. The only way to do this is to provide a secure environment on which to add these devices. By securing the network properly, we can dedicate segments of WiFi and network space for IoT devices of present and future while protecting the security and reliability of the heart of our network.
This is where the Network Guardian comes into play, locking down your network security with proven Geoblocking technology preventing unwanted foreign interlopers, Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems (IDPS) that updates twice daily and secure Domain Name Services (DNS) that updates in real time to protect your network today and in the future.
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