About the Growing Network of Smart Technology
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe the network of physical Internet-connected smart devices that also engage with other devices. Gartner predicts there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2020. While these new technologies are exciting because they make lives more efficient, there are a number of security risks associated with the IoT because most of these devices are unsecured and leave personal data vulnerable.
Some of the top vulnerabilities in smart devices include:
- Unsecure web interfaces
- Insufficient system or identity authentication
- Unsecure networks
- Unsecure cloud backend systems
- Unsecure mobile connections
- Unsecure device software and firmware
When IoT devices are unsecured, they leave sensitive data available for eavesdropping. This is because there are several steps in the communication-exchange process between devices and integrated systems.
Manufacturers need to thoughtfully consider security for each of these steps:
- Data acquisition from sensors and other intelligence systems
- Configuration of connectivity protocols, platforms, and applications
- Data transmission and storage
A number of verticals already have integrated IoT devices in processes, infrastructures, and workflows, such as medical device manufacturers, refinery infrastructures, agribusiness, automotive, and others. Security implementations are a critical part of the IoT ecosystem and must be considered by IoT solution providers.The IoT Challenge
PKI: The Solution for Securing the Internet of Things
PKI is the strongest solution available for securing the Internet of Things. PKI provides the essential elements of privacy in communication using encryption using digital certificates. Digital certificates have been used to encrypt data for decades, which makes it a clear solution for IoT service providers to ensure data security, authentication, and trust between devices.
PKI is also the leading choice for information and communication security because of the scalability and wide range of applications. IoT ecosystems are diverse and PKI allows flexibility with deployments to cater to authentication and encryption needs of unique devices.
PKI can build and support security and trust in IoT ecosystems when correctly implemented. PKI creates the foundation of trust that systems, devices, applications, and users need to safely interact and exchange sensitive data.