Four Uses for the Raspberry Pi in Small Business Security

With Raspberry Pi systems now available fully decked out for under $100, there are many uses that small business security teams can find for these versatile devices. Here are four of our favorites for using them in security roles.

1. Honeypot for Detecting Attackers on Your Network

Our HoneyPoint™ Agent runs on the Pi. It allows you to monitor for potential network compromises and attempts to breach your network by offering a fake system for attackers to target. Since the system has no real use, any interaction with it is suspicious at best, and malicious at worst. This allows for an easy-to-manage detection tool for your business.

2. Nessus Scanning Engine for Vulnerability Management

Nessus now supports running on the Pi 4 with 8 Gigs of RAM. Nessus is a very popular and powerful vulnerability scanner. With it, you can scan your network for vulnerabilities and find out what software needs updating.

3. Run Pi-Hole for Content Filtering

Pi-Hole is one of the best open-source security tools on the Internet. It provides enterprise-quality content filtering for free. Drop this on your network and implement it following the online instructions, and you’ve got affordable protection against malicious advertising, bad content, and many types of malware that inject via the browser.

4. Build a Cheap VPN Server

PiVPN makes setting a VPN for your small business needs incredibly simple. You can use this feature to access systems while you’re away or just to stay safer on public wireless networks. Most folks can deploy this in under an hour, and it can save you an immense amount of risk.

Using a Pi for some other risk management or security purpose? We’d love to hear about it. Drop me a line on Twitter (@lbhuston) and let me know what you’re up to. We’ll feature any ground breaking ideas in future posts.


3 Essential Raspberry Pi Hardening Steps

Raspberry Pi hardening is essential for securing your device against attacks.

Here are three essential Raspberry Pi hardening steps:

1. Disable SSH If You Don’t Need It

Disable SSH access to your Raspberry Pi using the following command:

sudo raspi-config

Choose “Advanced Options” and then choose “No ssh”.

2. Change Your Password

Change your password to something secure. You can use the following command:


3. Update Raspbian

Update your Raspberry Pi’s operating system to the latest version available. This ensures that your device is up to date with security patches and bug fixes.

To update your Raspberry Pi, follow these instructions:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

In summary, hardening your device by following these steps will help you protect your Pi from attacks. Making these three basic steps a part of every Pi install you do will go a long way to giving you a safer, more dependable, and more private experience.