IoT security is essential to deploy as organizations layer IoT technological advances into business plans.
The problem is that modern IoT ecosystems are complex. Machines and objects in virtually any industry can be connected and configured to send data over cellular networks to cloud applications and backends.
IoT security is important because digital security risk is present at every step along the IoT journey, with cyber criminals prepared to pounce on system vulnerabilities.
Cybersecurity professionals will tell you that there is no one size fits all IoT security fix that can protect every IoT deployment.
The first step for any IoT business is to undergo a thorough security risk assessment that examines vulnerabilities in devices and network systems and user and customer backend systems.
Risk must be mitigated for the entire IoT lifecycle of the deployment, especially as it scales and expands geographically.
IoT security of a network is considerably more challenging than traditional network security as communication protocols, standards, and device capabilities have a more extensive range, all of which pose significant issues and increased complexity.
IoT security involves securing the network connection that connects the IoT devices with the back-end systems on the internet. Capabilities include traditional endpoint security features like antivirus and antimalware as well as firewalls and intrusion prevention and detection systems.
Many cybersecurity professionals are turning to encryption in order to prevent an organization’s IoT security network — encrypting data at rest and transit between IoT edge devices and back-end systems using standard cryptographic algorithms, maintaining data integrity, and preventing data sniffing by hackers.
Several IoT devices and hardware profiles limit the ability to have standard encryption processes and protocols. Further, all IoT encryption must be accompanied by equivalent full encryption key lifecycle management processes, since poor key management would reduce overall security.
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