Current events highlight failures in the Internet of Things (IoT). Tragic failures include a car driving full speed into another vehicle. Inconvenient or amusing failures could include a home electronic assistant performing commands at the request of a background song.
In business, IoT failures can be expensive and unsafe. Trusted responses to increase security for the IoT may include answers from 3 current trends:
In an office environment, designed-in printer security features could include a state-of- the-art multifunction printer operating at the command of a hand-held device, while also requiring manual password entry. In this scenario, confidential documents may be printed only when the authorized user can collect them.
Normal-state modeling takes advantage of a system’s ability to learn the normal operating state of use. Applied to copier security, model awareness could track the usual number of jobs in a time period or frequency of passwords used. Standard deviations can be developed and alerts may be sent out when the equipment falls out of normal range.
Unknowingly, human operators can defeat security features if they have not been educated about the repercussions of their behaviors. Convenient workarounds could have been harmless in the past, but when applied to an integrated IoT system could compromise company-wide document security in unexpected ways.
When shopping for technology, a trustworthy vendor can addresses each avenue of security for the IoT. Awareness and continued innovation can have far-reaching benefits for business and end-users alike.