White paper

Getting IoT security right - a CXO survival guide

IoT is growing at exponential rates and will only grow faster as 5G becomes more widespread. The vision of an IoT world presents a world of fascinating possibilities – a world of smart homes, smart cities, smart farms, smart factories and smart cars on smart roads, with billions of devices communicating with each other and sharing data that enable more efficient and safer lives.

On the other hand, as much as this might all seem like good news – IoT security threats are on the rise, but operators and enterprises are focused on addressing them.

The democratization of IoT solutions and services will bring it to a new set of enterprises who may not fully understand the importance of securing their IoT connected devices, or the options available to do so. They may even believe that any solution they deploy is inherently secure regardless of any customization for their specific use cases. While the whitepaper that follows includes a myriad of important facts and insights, one statement stands out as critical to understanding the reality of IoT security circa 2021: “IoT isn’t just a bunch of devices – it’s an ecosystem.” We might dismiss the term as a buzzword, but ecosystems enable IoT use cases thanks to the support of myriad suppliers, and myriad solution components.

Furthermore, the suppliers and components involved will differ, depending the specific vertical market, and the types of connectivity featured. In this way, IoT might be best understood as a matrix of vertical market use cases vs. specific solution components and suppliers.

If this seems incredibly complex, that’s exactly what bad actors are counting on – complexities increase the likelihood of vulnerabilities (big and small) being overlooked.

However, achieving that vision relies on our ability to secure all those devices – and many IoT devices to date are notorious for not being all that secure, or at least not secure enough.

This whitepaper explains:

  • How IoT security is different from whatever security solutions are currently in place
  • The specific issues that certain IoT use cases will bring with them
  • What that means for their risk assessments.

It includes eight key recommendations that decision makers can take into account to ensure they select the right security solution that enables them to take control of IoT security and accelerate IoT security deployments.