The day when virtually every electronic device—from phones and cars to refrigerators and light switches—will be connected to the Internet is not far away. The number of Internet-connected devices is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020.
However innovative and promising it seems, this so-called Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon significantly increases the number of security risks businesses and con¬sumers will inevitably face. Any device connecting to the Internet with an operating system comes with the possibility of being compromised, becoming a backdoor for attackers into the enterprise.
(source: INFORMATION SECURITY, Insider Edition, August 2014)
ONLIU AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS
It is not a question of if an information ecosystem will be breached through smart devices, or even when; the primary security question is “How will the breach be handled?”
System breaches have the potential (and frequent consequence) of being catastrophic and the recovery process long, costly and arduous. Bringing the information system back on line quickly and securely is one of the best risk mitigation strategies. The OnliU platform enables a secure login recovery in minutes instead of days, weeks or months.
INTO THE BREACH WITH OnliU INSTANT RECOVERY
After a massive breach one of the major steps to take is to change all of the user passwords. This monumental task may include notifying millions of user and take weeks or even months. Compliance with the request to reset passwords is unlikely to be complete leaving inherent vulnerabilities in the network. The cost in time and effort to undertake this task is substantial. In the meantime the already breached system is either shut down or in a very vulnerable state.
On the darker side, whomever breached the system may be selling or distributing the stolen passwords on the darknet. Many users will use the same password for multiple accounts and the ripple effect of the password becoming widely known will continue the damage.
For the enterprise that has the OnliU platform deployed this becomes a non-event. With OnliU passwords can be openly disclosed and are of no value to anyone other than the authorized user. The strong security behind OnliU is the equivalent of a strong and dynamic certificating authority that operates invisibly in the background. If the administrator of the breached system did nothing the system would automatically refresh all of the certificates in minutes in any case.
In the extreme case OnliU provides for an instant reset. This not only freezes out the attacker, but if the inside threat has been identified using OnliU audits along with other cyber security tools that inside threat is also excluded from the system.
With OnliU, a password reset is required in order to maintain system security. Secure operational recovery time is reduced from days or weeks to minutes!
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