Security in IoT Systems 🛡️🔒

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

IoT security applications 🔒

In today's technological and digital era security it's of utmost importance and is constantly monitored and on high alert in industry. The increase in demand for smart technology isn't always a 'what you see is what you get' scenario as it is far complex than one may think to ensure that the proper security measures are taken but also functionality is kept as simple as possible for the user.

IoT Security Challenges 🔑

The industry faces several challenges when it comes to developing the security portion of a device within the IoT environment. Devices in all industries can be connected and configured to send data over cellular networks to cloud applications and backends.

Since many devices are small, they would offer a small layer of security as there aren't enough computing resources necessary to implement high-end security protocols. It is also important to keep in mind that security in itself is costly to implement from scratch.

What industries are most vulnerable to IoT security threats? 🔒

When mentioning security it is also important to mention who is mostly at stake and fall under this category. Even though IoT hacks can happen in any industry all the way from smart home up to smart integration in cars. The severity of the impact is dependent mostly on the information that the device entails.

Security of the highest level is thus seen in applications that result in life treating situations and or critical infrastructure damages such as car devices, traffic control, smart door locks, etc.

How to protect IoT systems and devices 🔑

Many companies offer different methods in the implementation of IoT security most commonly we find a layer of API security where the IoT devices send data directly to a backend and ensure only authorized personnel. A second implementation is hardware security which is an endpoint hardening approach making devices tamper-proof.