Securing IoT

Learn the principles of IoT security

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The growth of Internet connected devices creates immense benefits and opportunities for our society. IoT security, however has not kepted up with the rapid pace of innovation and deployment as enlarged the security footprint. This article reviews the risks and provides a set of principles building irresponsible level of security for your IoT solutions.

Making IT security priority

The reality is that security is not keeping up with the pace of innovation. There is a lot of pressure on organizations to deliver new functionality or risk falling behind their competitors.

The IoT ecosystem introduces risks that include black hat hackers manipulating the flow of data or even tampering with the devices themselves, which can cause anything from privacy issues all the way to a halt in business operations.

In 2015 there was a cyber attack that type were temporarily disabled parts of the Ukraine power grid as a result of connected systems. Organizations are dependent on properly functioning networks of which IoT security should be a principal focus.

It is imperative that organizations ensure that the IoT ecosystem is built on a foundation that is secure. The national security telecommunications advisory committee (NSTC) highlighted the need for action:

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The challenge is ensuring that the IoT adoption does not create undue risk. Additionally,… There is a small – and rapid closing – window to ensure that IoT is adopted in a way that maximizes security minimizes risk. If the country fails to do so, it will be coping with the consequences for generations. The time to address IoT security is now.

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In the remaining portion of this article will review some key issues and suggest some principles.

Principles of IoT security

Unfortunately, too many products today do not incorporate even some basic security measures. Many contribute factors resulted in a lack of security in the industry. First is unclear who is responsible for the security decisions as often products are integrated from various suppliers of hardware, software, and conductivity. There is also a lack of widely adopted comprehensive standards for IoT security. The pressure on organizations to deliver new functionality security as a secondhand citizen, or risk falling behind competitors. Often customers will assume security, it will not pay extra for. If the web camera enabled teddy bear is even $10 more on the marketplace, even though it’s more secure, fickle customers will not pay a premium.

Let’s organize how to address IoT security challenges:

As with all service security efforts, risk mitigation is an ongoing program, not a project or process that you execute once.

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