Myth #1 IoT isn’t secure
The rapid proliferation and adoption of devices connected to IoT has led to generalized concern among companies and individuals about the potential for security breaches. A lot has been written about the risk of security problems with IoT.
Platform developers, manufacturers and providers have been blamed for lacking the security measures, design methodologies and tests to guarantee not only the functionality of their devices but also protection from cyber threats.
As we work to build a more connected world, those of us in the industry have faced a number of challenges to ensuring the security of IoT platforms and devices. We constantly strive to avoid openings that could allow hackers to get their hands on information, and we still have a lot to do.
The first thing to know about IoT security, and the best point of departure for companies or individuals interested in integrating this type of technology, is that any device connected to the Internet is open to security breaches and susceptible to attack at any time.
With that in mind, this is the right time to take new steps to make IoT more secure. We need to be more aware of and responsible for doing what we can to diminish or mitigate the risk of data theft or attacks that could put our operations at risk.
Most of the security problems involving IoT in the last few years have occurred because of the lack of culture of prevention or caution among businesses and individuals. All of us need to realize that using old software and failing to install security patches and updates makes us more vulnerable to unwanted incursions.
This raises the question: What security measures are companies taking now? How can they protect themselves?
At Identidad IoT, we believe that to reduce their vulnerability, people and companies need to centralize control of their devices and manage them through a platform equipped with a security key. Just as important are continuous auditing and verification processes to guarantee that platforms and devices have the necessary software patches and updates.
By 2020, according to Gartner Consulting, around 21 billion devices around the world will be connected to IoT. That means we have a lot of work ahead of us, don’t you think?