January 22, 2018 // By David Frankenfield
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and vulnerable. IoT devices are any objects not directly used by a human with an IP address. These devices allow features like sensors for autonomous driving, image recognition in cameras, and intelligence with voice recognition work, and send enormous amounts of data over a network. If your device does not have the proper encryption and secure pipeline capabilities, the data a device sends can be read using basic penetration tools. TechRepublic reported that IoT attacks increased by 280% in the first half of 2017. Fortunately, IoT network security follows many of the same protocols of standard networks. By modifying your security systems to handle large dataflows, you can deploy your IoT devices with confidence.
ROI of IoT
Data is value and IoT devices can give you specialized, real-time data to perform and analyze systems more effectively. This data can improve the depth of your analytics, and create a more effective workplace saving you time and money. IoT devices can give you a better understanding of a product’s lifecycle with sensors that indicate wear on products and create refined metrics for preventative maintenance and warranty. Smart-devices can come with integrated, targeted. services and features that can be customized per product without any changes to the hardware allowing for tiered features. IoT devices can also create smart connected buildings to allow for efficiently utilized meetings and workplaces.
Device Requirements: Which IoT Device to Buy
Making sure you choose the vendor with the right device capabilities is the most important decision regarding the security of your system. With IoT devices becoming relevant in the past 5 years, practices of security standards and communication protocols are nonexistent. To fulfill your security initiatives, the devices you purchase needs to be capable to set basic conditions. Make sure the IoT device has the ability for data encryption, patching capabilities, and a password that can be changed beyond the default. These features are important in keeping your IoT devices secure and updated. It is up to the device manufacture that these IoT devices have the features implemented. Protecting data between IoT endpoints assures that the data hasn’t been penetrated or tampered as it sends the information to network servers.
Security Systems: Automation is the Future
To assure your IoT systems are secure, having an appropriate interface for gathering, consolidating, and monitoring all the data available is essential for keeping an IoT infrastructure safe. This interface must be able to not only monitor overall device health, but also must detect penetration of the data pipeline, and securely push notifications to end users, alerting them of a potential breach or updates. With an IoT network monitoring of millions of devices requires refined techniques for data management. Advanced analytics, machine learning, and AI algorithms can identify data compromise and facilitate a quick response to any potential data breaches. Automation is the only way to reliably monitor the millions of devices properly. In some cases, compromised devices do not show signs of tampering with conventional methods of monitoring. Having AI and machine learning components will increase the chance of identifying these patterns immediately.
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