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IoT Security

IoT technology enables organizations to optimize processes, enhance product offerings, and transform customer experiences in a variety of ways. While customers are eager to leverage business opportunities available through IoT, security, risk, and privacy concerns remain. This is, in part, due to a struggle with disparate, incompatible, and sometimes immature security offerings that fail to properly secure deployments, leading to an increased risk for customer or business owner data

Security Challenges

Due to the lack of security integrated into IoT devices, they present significant risks to compromise the security and privacy of customer data in an IoT application. The potential of harm raises questions about how to address security risks posed by IoT devices and device communication to and from the cloud. Common customer concerns regarding risks center on the security and encryption of data while in transit to and from the cloud, or in transit from edge services to and from the device, along with patching of devices, device and user authentication, and access control. Securing IoT devices is essential, not only to maintain data integrity, but to also protect against attacks that can impact the reliability of devices. As devices can send large amounts of sensitive data through the Internet and end users are empowered to directly control a device, the security of “things” must permeate every layer of the solution.

Security Requirement of IoT Devices

Security Challenges & Solutions

Lack of Device Authentication

Manufacturers should provide a means for their devices to authenticate to the network. IT personnel should require devices to authenticate before joining the network.

Patching & Upgrading

Manufacturers need to make it easy for devices to be upgraded or patched. Ideally, this would be an automatic or one-click process.

Physical Hardening

IoT devices should be made tamper-proof. Devices should be monitored to detect time offline and inspected after unexpectedly dropping offline.

Outdated Component

Vulnerable devices should be updated or replaced. This can be difficult to remedy, especially in environments that have many IoT devices in remote locations. In those cases, tighter security controls and more vigilant monitoring should be implemented.

Device Monitoring & Management

Ensure that all IoT devices are included in asset tracking, monitoring, and management systems. Manufacturers should provide a unique identifier for each device.

Conclusion

Clearly, most of these security issue can only be resolved by the device manufacturer and they must implement security practices to mitigate IoT risk and also implement remote monitoring of these IoT devices in every solution to get real-time update related to security, breach and incident report.

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