If you have a few smart devices, your home is very much like a small company. Not that we think you own ugly grey office chairs, bland laminated table tops, plenty of file cabinets and framed inspirational quotes hanging from your walls — although we won’t judge if you do. It’s the network. Just like your average small company, the modern home has a network of connected devices that interact with each other and with the wider world.
Where things are very different is in the way we manage, monitor and protect our network at home as opposed to the office. Almost any company will have a department or at least a nerdy guy whose job is to make sure the network works well and is safe from viruses, hackers and all the creepy crawlers that populate the internet.
Companies are not usually in the business of throwing cash out the window. They like to be efficient. They like to keep their network under control and to always know what’s going on because any security breach can lose them money, data (which is valuable) and time (so, again, money).
You, on the other hand, most probably won’t pay an IT guy to take care of your home’s cybersecurity, and don’t tell us your cousin who knows a thing or two about computers doesn’t have better things to do than to run checks all day to make sure everything is ok with your Wi-Fi network. Nor will you be able to impose household policies that keep your kid from downloading shady software.
However, your Wi-Fi network and your smart devices face the same threats as a firm’s computers, and you too stand to lose your cash, not to mention your privacy and your peace of mind in case somebody hacks your devices.