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IoT Security Challenges: Why Enterprise Must Assess Them Now

  • 1 mth ago

Enterprise dependence on the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing, not just as a means to push services to users but to maintain links to employees, partners, contractors and even competitors. But concern is growing that organizations are rushing to reap the rewards of the IoT without fully comprehending its risks or taking steps to address even basic security challenges.

If the past few years have shown anything, it is how vulnerable our data and critical systems are to theft and manipulation. Organizations that do not take bold steps to protect user privacy and ensure that systems are operating in a protected environment run the risk not only of severe loss of business and damage to reputation but civil and even criminal penalties as well. 

IoT Security Considerations

Pushing the network edge to the IoT and beyond, however, increases security threats by dramatically increasing the number and variety of attack vectors that criminals can exploit to break into vital systems - it expands the attack surface. The top prizes are data "at rest" within storage systems and data "in motion" across network and processing resources, not to mention the management and metadata that can be used to take systems offline or crash them entirely.

IoT World Today’s Chuck Martin notes that the rapid and dramatic scale of the IoT is increasing the need for greater security on the edge, while at the same time adding to the complexity and cost of the challenge. With some 50 billion IoT units projected to be online by the end of the year, fairly routine tasks like discovery and monitoring are placing significant burdens on IT departments around the world. 

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