IoT Device Security

With the increasing uptake of connected devices by consumers and industries, the importance of IoT device security cannot be over-emphasized. The number of connected IoT devices is predicted to trend towards 25 billion or more by 2020. This enormous number of devices presents complex challenges to device manufacturers and businesses deploying them. One of the chief challenges is securing IoT data and devices.

Challenges of IoT Device Security

In a connected IoT platform where individual devices are connected to a network, each device is effectively a network end-point similar to a computer or laptop in an enterprise network. As such, a network is only as secure as each computer or device connected to it. Hence, IoT devices, at minimum, need to have the same level of security as computers such as anti-virus and firewall protection.

For IoT device security, each end-point device, if not secured correctly, is a potential vulnerability into the network offering an entry point for malicious attacks. Some attacks can be in the following forms:

  • Unauthorized access and control -- Unauthorized access into a connected IoT device represents a key challenge to device makers and those building a secure IoT platform. Unauthorized access allows hackers to take control of a device’s functions. For example, if a device has email capability, a hacker can take advantage of this and send out malicious emails masquerading as the owner of the device. Since the functions of IoT devices vary greatly, compromising IoT device security to gain unauthorized access can result in malicious control of a range of critical systems that may ultimately lead to stolen assets or physical harm to humans or machines.
  • Compromised data -- One of the key goals of an IoT connected products platform is to collect data from individual devices. This data can depict, for example, a device’s environmental conditions, its usage, and physical condition over time. Insights can be obtained from this data to optimize a device’s operation or to improve its usability and functions. If IoT device security is compromised and a hacker retrieves or alters this data, customers, revenue, and brand value can be at risk.

Xively Mitigates the Challenges of IoT Device Security

Xively, the award-winning IoT secure connected device platform from LogMeIn, enables enterprises to connect their devices securely, manage connected devices and their data, and engage customers in innovative ways by leveraging data-driven insights. Xively addresses the challenges of IoT device security comprehensively. It ensures security full lifecycle security from the design of IoT devices and applications through to their deployment and management. Xively is a highly scalable IoT platform-as-a-service that provides device and end-user identity management capabilities to prevent unauthorized access. It implements end-to-end security to protect both device and end-user data on devices including connected product data in transit and within applications. All messages coming from and going to each device are encrypted using industry-standard encryption technologies. With Xively, you have a highly secure ready-made IoT platform to power and safeguard your IoT initiatives.

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