IoT technology spurs incredible economic growth and improves lives. Yet, there are substantial risks associated with the technology when it’s not properly secured.
Engineering Leaders need to be prepared to make the necessary right trade-offs when securing products or services without unduly compromising user experience, project timelines, or budget requirements.
With billions of connected devices in operation globally and the total number continuing to grow rapidly, it is an exciting time for the Internet of Things (IoT). With a diverse set of applications in healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation, the IoT will continue to spur incredible economic growth while improving people’s quality of life across the globe.
Unfortunately, the situation is not entirely rosy; malign forces are using IoT technology for their own ends. For example, security researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of using vulnerabilities in IoT devices to deploy ransomware into organizational networks. Government-sponsored hackers have also deployed specially-designed malware in an attempt to shut down entire power grids.
In the face of this, engineering leaders need to understand the principles of IoT security to minimize the likelihood and severity of such attacks. At the same time, they need to get the job done on time and within budget.
In short, IoT security is the practice of efficiently protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data processed by or stored in connected devices against malicious attacks. These attributes, known as the CIA triad, describe the aspects of data that you need to keep your business running and meet customer demands. Protecting them in a cost-effective manner should form the center of your security strategy.
In this guide, we present the most important principles and best practices that engineering leaders should be familiar with to minimize IoT security risks.
➜ What Is IoT Security?
➜ Why IoT Security Matters
➜ Defending Physical Devices
➜ Protecting Firmware and Software
➜ Ensuring IoT Network Security
➜ Storing and Consuming Data Safely
By following some or all of these recommendations to secure your devices, you’ll be prepared to make the necessary right trade-offs as you launch your IoT project.