March 05, 2024

Your IoT network needs to be secure and reliable

The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in South Africa is estimated to be 240 million in 2023. IoT is most widely used by modern businesses and is changing the way companies work by providing seamless connectivity and introducing new efficiencies.

However, the implementation of IoT can introduce some security and dependability concerns that must be addressed in order for enterprises to reap the benefits of this technology. SEACOM stands at the forefront of this technological wave as a premier ICT and network service provider in South Africa.

The company specializes in designing and deploying advanced IT networks tailored for enterprises, including robust networks that support IoT devices. SEACOM's expertise not only helps businesses mitigate the inherent risks associated with IoT but also ensures that these enterprises can achieve optimal performance and security from their IoT implementations.

Why reliability matters for IoT networks

In IoT networks, dependability means ensuring that connectivity is continuous and has low latency. Inefficiencies and lost business opportunities might result from network interruption or failure. This is especially true in key businesses, such as the healthcare industry, where the stability of connected medical devices is vital to ensuring quality of care.

To provide dependable IoT networks, the network infrastructure must be optimised and future technologies such as edge computing must be used. A reputable network provider will be able to implement these technologies for your business and ensure that your network is always accessible and functioning.

Businesses should make special efforts to maintain the dependability of IoT networks, such as establishing redundant systems, performing regular network monitoring to proactively repair issues and selecting the correct network service provider. A dependable service provider, such as SEACOM, can assist by delivering low latency, high bandwidth and scalable services that satisfy corporate needs.

The importance of security in IoT networks

Malware, hacking and a lack of encryption are just a few of the security dangers connected with IoT networks. Since IoT devices are connected to the internet, cyber criminals have more attack vectors to exploit, which increases the likelihood of security breaches.

A security breach can have serious implications for companies, including data theft, financial loss and severe reputational damage. One recent example highlights this; a large data breach at a CCTV provider exposed the live feeds of over 150 000 security cameras held by numerous organisations.

To secure IoT networks, businesses must take specific steps. Among these important procedures are using a strong password and end-to-end data encryption, conducting frequent patches and firmware updates, and isolating IoT devices on a separate network.

Companies should also implement a security architecture and a data backup policy to reduce cyber security risks. These steps can be implemented by your network or cyber security provider and will ensure that your IoT network remains protected against hackers.

IoT networks provide businesses with an unparalleled opportunity to innovate, increase operational efficiency and drive development. However, for these networks to survive, security and stability must be a major focus.

Choosing the right network service provider, such as SEACOM, is crucial to establishing safe and dependable IoT networks. Contact SEACOM today to learn more about how our network solutions may help your company meet its security and dependability requirements. For more information about our cyber security services or to get a quote, email us at or leave us a message.

SEACOM owns Africa’s most extensive network of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, including subsea cables and secure internet connections. We offer a diverse range of flexible, scalable and high-quality solutions for businesses that meet world-class standards for connectivity.

SEACOM is privately owned and operated, making it agile and adaptable to the needs of the customer. This makes us the preferred ICT and internet connectivity partner for African businesses and peripheral service providers. We can guarantee high-speed, low-latency and secure internet connections to corporates and small enterprises.

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