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It’s to underestimate how much can be achieved with the programmable microcomputer known as the Raspberry Pi. Here are several perhaps surprising ways you could use a Raspberry Pi to bolster your company’s defences against potential security breache.
How the Raspberry Pi Can Help With Improving Business Security?
Monitor entrances at your business premises
Dr J Ghorbani, an instructor specialising in the Raspberry Pi has recalled one instance when, as part of a team, she used a Raspberry Pi for security purposes.
Ghorbani has stated in words quoted by The Enterprisers Project: “In one case, we needed to monitor the entrances to a room in order to time tag those entrances and also photograph the people coming into the room.”
The team’s answer to this situation was building “a face detection algorithm that communicated with Raspberry Pi in real time to capture images of the people entering the room.” When the algorithm failed to recognise one of these people, it prompted the Pi to lock the door.
Use the Pi as a web server or social media bot
As also quoted by The Enterprisers Project, SEO consultant Daniel Foley has declared that the best commercial uses for the Pi include “using it as a web server or as a bot for social media.”
The former would see the Pi hosting your corporate website, while the latter would let you have content posted automatically to a social media feed overseen by your brand.
Catalyst For Business says that purposing a Raspberry Pi in either of these two ways would enable “flexible use, potentially higher security, and increased productivity by allowing remote access and automated publishing.”
Even if you are currently pressed for time, you could simply order a Pi from an online retailer such as The Pi Hut and then wait for the device to arrive in the post.
Set up a VPN for use by members of your staff
Some of your employees could occasionally be required to make business trips but continue undertaking work while physically away from the office.
In this situation, the workers could save money on mobile internet usage by endeavouring to, when and where possible, take advantage of freely accessible Wi-Fi provision instead. Hotels and cafes are good examples of places offering Wi-Fi hotspots of this description.
Though using public Wi-Fi can pose a security risk, your nomadic staffers would be able to reduce it by accessing that Wi-Fi via a VPN. You can get a Raspberry Pi-based VPN up and running with help from PiVPN.
Turn the Raspberry Pi into a security camera server
At some point, you might have been eager to purchase an NVR (Network Video Recorder) box for installing at your corporate premises. However, NVR boxes are expensive to buy, whereas using a Raspberry Pi as one can realise significant financial savings.
When security cameras at your workplace are connected to an onsite Raspberry Pi rather than a remote server, you can avoid leaving any of the corporate security camera system’s connections exposed to the outside, where cyber criminals could potentially wait to pounce.