Connected devices are fast becoming a dime a dozen. From cars to cameras to watches, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents amazing new opportunities while introducing additional security challenges.
Many enterprises address security after breaches occur, but incorporating security from the onset is important not only to the security of the device but also to the security of the consumer. Furthermore, poor device security may expose sensitive customer information depending on the IoT device; it can also infringe on privacy and regulatory requirements.
Ultimately, proper attention to security is one of the best ways an enterprise can best serve its customers.
The security and privacy associated with customer data should be top of mind for an enterprise. The type of information that can be captured by IoT devices is limitless and can be compromised in ways not previously considered by manufacturers. By thinking of security as part of the design of a device, an enterprise can best protect itself from breaches and provide the best and safest customer experience.
Enterprises should have security in mind when gathering data for analytics and related purposes. When considering security for the IoT, it’s imperative that enterprises know the full capability of the devices to be deployed and appropriately lock down or disable certain features and services that aren’t required for device functionality.
Many devices have multiple interfaces, so it is important that they not be accessible once deployed if not in use. It is also important to make sure that any IoT program has gone through an independent third-party testing and certification process.
Remember that devices are just one part of the entire ecosystem that needs to be evaluated. IoT deployment needs to be considered as the sum of all parts.
About the Author
George Japak is the managing director at ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, where he oversees vendor-neutral testing and certification of systems, products and services, as well as manages consortia organized around technology and market segments.