Top 3 Trends to Secure Internet of Things (IoT) for the Industrial Sectors

May 29, 2017

Internet of Things (IoT) has become a ubiquitous term that has captured the popular imagination thanks to its far-reaching abilities. Able to connect innumerable devices with its smart network via the internet, IoT is a constant in all major innovations and inventions in recent times. Not surprisingly, commercial industries are taking the bait too.

In recent times, everyone from automotive, healthcare, energy to other industrial disciplines are grappling with the possibilities associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). Everything from, insulin pumps, robots, mixing tanks, and sensors are becoming increasingly more connected.

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Consequently, the Industrial Internet of Things (“Industry 4.0”) is slowly gaining traction in several industrial verticals globally. However, the implementation has been slow owing to the inevitable security challenges and the associated risks pertaining to proprietary data.

Every device connected to a network communication featuring the internet is vulnerable to hacking. IoT security appears to be a major concern worldwide, and though the security threats cannot entirely be eradicated, the effective employment of the following measures can aid organizations to control and prevent any untoward incidents.

Cryptography – Controlling access to complex networks

The complex networks in many firms are extremely dependent on insecure authentication that typically rely on usernames and passwords. These insecurities demand a robust mechanism for securing communication over IoT, predominantly for embedded systems to protect against firmware tampering, illegal access, and counterfeiting. Strong cryptography is the only means to attain the four attributes of a secure connection – confidentiality, integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation.

Secured communication – Trusted interaction across networks

Eavesdropping on messages and message falsification are the risks that are commonly associated with the employment of various standard and proprietary protocols by systems that are connected to heterogeneous networks. To protect against these security risks, IoT devices require secured communication protocols that initiate by authenticating the communicating participants and then producing a session key that guards the confidentiality and integrity of messages exchanged between said participants.

Audit and accountability – Delivering reporting functionality

The systems connected with IoT frequently encounter suspicious events. Many internet of things systems do not include capabilities for audit and accountability. If an attack occurs, there is no way for administrators to know who committed the attack and how. In the event of such dubious circumstances, these audit records can be referred, to detect attacks and take appropriate countermeasures.  If it is revealed that an attack took place, the audio stream can be employed to ascertain how the attack was performed, determine accountability and perhaps impeach the criminals and prevent similar damages in the future.

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IoT connectivity is the future, but unfortunately, it also has a rather pronounced target etched on its back. While progress cannot be halted, the eventual adopters of IoT will need the customary assurances before taking the leap. Infiniti Research can help organizations understand the feasibility of implementing IoT and help them chart a course to sustained productivity.

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