IoT Cloud Security: Super-Sized Concerns That Require Super-Sized Diligence

Written By: Nancy Langmeyer

The big research firms, like Gartner, IDC, and others, are forecasting that within the next decade, there will be billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices out there in the market.

As these devices are integrated into products across all industries, there is a growing concern about security, not only for IoT devices, but also IoT in the cloud. And rightly so.

For some industries, IoT security is more of an issue than for others. For instance, medical devices may access and highly confidential patient information where as an engine sensor in a car that captures emissions data is theoretically less of a concern. However, in either case, there are inherent risks that should not be taken lightly. The reality is, as the technology advances and the sophistication of attackers increases, the question isn’t necessarily going to be if an attack happens, but more of when.

With enterprise-wide applications, security is focused on the data center and the users of the applications that are on a network. If there is a potential vulnerability, there are sophisticated security tools in place that protects an organization from significant exposure and risk.

Now imagine the same potential security risk, but this time, there are also thousands or millions of IoT devices, none of which are secure within that organization’s network. They’re all over the place – perhaps in a customer’s network, in a home, or built into a tractor that’s out in a field. No matter where the devices are – whether on a factory floor or in a home heating solution – they can be compromised by malicious attackers.

Take that one step farther and think on IoT cloud security. There are a lot of everyday security concerns in an IT environment, as well as in the cloud – and when you add in the IoT perspective, these are all super-sized. So it’s best to take a few added measures to ensure the best control possible for devices that live outside your organization.

The most appropriate tactic is to combine the best of all security measures and ensure that you have all the bases covered. Here are some recommended best practices for organizations who are concerned about securing IoT in the cloud.   

Good cloud security is always necessary but it is simply not sufficient on its own when IoT devices are involved. Enterprises must add in solutions into their existing security that are designed specifically to protect and manage those devices.

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Nancy Langmeyer

Nancy is a freelance writer and marketing consultant. She works with some of the largest technology companies in the world and is a frequent blogger. You'll see some under her name...and then there are others that you won't see. These are ones where Nancy interviews marketing executives and leaders and turns their insights into thought leadership pieces.