Manufacturers, companies, and developers are building a vast ecosystem populated with smart connected devices that allow them to take full advantage of this trend.
Imagine the world where all the connected devices around you help improve your health, save time and money, boost your well-being and make you and your employees more productive.
This is the ideal of the Internet of Things (IoT) based on the massive adoption of Internet, mobility, and social networking technologies. A dynamic that is permeating very fast to most sectors of industry.
Manufacturers of consumer devices and industrial equipment, automotive companies, service companies, and network and software developers are building a vast ecosystem populated with smart connected devices that allow them to get the most out of the Internet of Things.
These benefits also require careful analysis of the risks and tools that will build the trust of employees, customers, and users related to data privacy and security, which must be thought of throughout the entire journey that makes the information from the design of the connected devices.
Here are four practices that make IoT more secure:
The risk assessment
Developers should understand all possible vulnerabilities. Evaluation processes should cover privacy, security, fraud, cyber-attacks, and IP theft. Risk assessment is not easy, as cyber-criminals are continually working to launch new threats. As there is no solution for everything, it is advisable to go to a security expert at this stage.
Safety from design
It is key that the safety of the device is duly taken into account in the development phase. It involves including tamper-proof hardware and software inside the design.
Robust authentication mechanisms, encryption, and securely managed encryption keys must be included to protect the information in motion and stored on the connected device. Authentication is essential on connected devices. For example, when we open our connected car to our mobile phone we want to know that no one else can open it. To further enhance authentication, biometric data such as fingerprints and the iris scanner are increasingly being used to prove that we are who we say we are.
Life cycle management
Security is not a process that runs only once and then is forgotten. It is imperative that the devices of the Internet of Things are protected during the life cycle of the device, either a separate product or integrated into a vehicle.
It should be noted that the security of devices connected to the Internet of things does not depend on a single aspect but must cover different flanks: from device design, network, a secure ecosystem that incorporates reliable service management, data management, and regulatory compliance, as well as an informed user.