The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology means that end users and internal operations are enjoying significant improvements, but the introduction of a fleet of devices creates a new layer of security risk. The heavy risk is not in the devices themselves, but in the data flowing to and from the devices.
When an enterprise invests in an area equipped with IoT devices, it’s not simply tagging on more data. Instead, it may be exponentially multiplying the volume of data being exchanged with servers. While the potential for improvement in the customer experience and various business processes is a measurable benefit, it also complicates the security picture.
Enterprises deploying an IoT strategy should be simultaneously investing in cloud security. Gathering all of the data in an IoT model creates so much data that it may soon overrun the company’s servers. It’s important to have a plan for housing that data, and in many cases, it will involve investing in cloud storage.
When a company invests in cloud solutions, it needs a clear plan for handling security. Here are a few considerations:
Segregate IoT data traffic: Just like enterprises with cloud communications that separate voice traffic from data traffic, IoT data should be separated from other types of data moving to and from the network.
Monitor IoT traffic and cloud security: Once IoT traffic is segregated, it will be easier to detect all of the ways it is interacting with other systems in the cloud, as well as how and when IoT devices and data are being affected by compromised credentials or unmanaged devices.
Determine security responsibility: The cloud services provider will stipulate in the service level agreement about which areas of security they will cover, but the company should always keep in mind that business continuity, and therefore, cloud security, is ultimately the responsibility of the enterprise.
Adhere to best practices: For companies with a cloud and IoT overlap, one key to an adequate security plan is to identify a set of best practices and then adhere to them. A clear plan for device management and employee training on password security and device theft are, in addition to a cloud security strategy, a good idea.
Whether you are an IT Vendor, managed service provider, commercial real estate broker, or a telephone hardware VAR, Innovative Business Solutions would love to partner with you. Contact us for more information about building a solid cloud security plan for IoT technology.