10 Considerations for Securing the Internet of Things


Mark O'Neill, VP of Innovation at Axway recently wrote for Silicon Angle, "Welcome to the future, where smart meters monitor your home appliance usage, where fitness devices on your wrist track your heart-rate, and where electric vehicles can take commands from your wristwatch. What does all of this have in common? These innovations are all part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While the Internet of Things is going through a rosy honeymoon period at the moment, security issues are slowly creeping to the surface. There’s a growing awareness that IoT devices are riddled with vulnerabilities, and securing these weaknesses will soon become one of the major priorities for both manufacturers and the people who use them. Let’s examine the top 10 things to consider in detail."


O'Neill begins his list with patching: "Internet of Things devices are often difficult to update. There isn’t an equivalent of a 'Patch Tuesday' for a wristband, or a Wi-Fi-enabled smart meter. Rather than patching the device itself, patches will often have to be applied upstream as 'virtual patches'." Next up: "The Internet of Things goes beyond HTTP and SSL to include MQTT, CoAP, XMPP, and other protocols. This means that a strategy of 'just throw SSL at the problem,' if this was ever a strategy at all, will not be effective for the Internet of Things."


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