The Threats Confronting the IoT Ecosystem may Grow, But here are Answers!

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, June 26, 2019

IoT EcosystemThe amount of information being generated and exchanged between the IoT ecosystem continues to grow. With these millions of data points, securing them should be treated with the top priority it deserves.

FREMONT, CA: A recent study by Hewlett Packard revealed that about 90% of devices collect some form of personal information, which indicates that the privacy of people is at risk and the threat intensity will keep growing with the Internet of Things (IoT). Fortunately, with an increase in security awareness, there are plenty of secure development practices being employed. Companies have started to look at protecting their IoT ecosystem for ensuring end-to-end security. Below are proven solutions that firms may implement to increase the security of IoT devices.

•    IoT security Analytics

The vulnerabilities associated with IoT devices can be dramatically reduced by implementing security analytics. The process involves collecting, correlating, and analyzing data from multiple sources that can help IoT security providers to detect the potential threat and nip it in the bud. Suspicious activities can be identified by correlating data from a wide range of sources that allows security experts to correct those anomalies.

•    Public Key Infrastructure

Public Key Infrastructure is a set of policies, procedures, and software required for the creation, management, distribution of certificates. Being a proven solution to IoT security threats, it ensures the encryption of data through both asymmetric and symmetric encryption processes. The data encryption and decryption ensure that the data privacy is maintained and the chances of data theft are reduced. PKI's security measure also involves using a digital certificate for verifying the identity of all connected devices in an IoT ecosystem.

•    Communication Protection

The fundamental of IoT ecosystem works is communication between the connected devices. Hence, whenever communication is compromised, there will be a breakdown that can make the devices useless. To ensure smooth communication, it should be encrypted. This principle applies to communication between connected devices and interfaces.

•    Device Authentication

Firms can also reduce their IoT devices vulnerability by carrying out comprehensive device authentication. There are multiple authentication features available for IoT devices, and they ensure that nobody has unauthorized access to those devices. A potential attacker will need personal information to gain access to the tools.

Although the use of IoT devices enhances the overall productivity, their vulnerability to attacks from the cyberspace makes users secure devices and reduce exposure to attacks. When implemented the above-suggested practices, it assures that the IoT devices are well-defended against breach of security.

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