securing iot

The Internet of Things (IoT) technology is rising like never before. It has spread in our lives at such a pace like fire in a wild jungle. But, with all the advantages that we're currently experiencing, we're somewhere choosing to ignore the big problems posed by the IoT on our face. Here, we try to present 5 recommendations that will help us enjoy the IoT minus all the risks.

1) There's a need to manage security at every level of IoT -

During a panel discussion at the TIE Startup Con panel in May this year, Deepak Taneja, former RSA CTO, described the IoT security scare as a "time bomb." According to him, technology is nowadays advancing at a lightning speed and IoT with its connected sensors and gadgets is making things a lot more difficult.

As the world becomes more and more connected with each passing day, there's an urgent need to incorporate identity in order to secure the object, its access, and every transaction. The password security system has now become a passé and completely obsolete technology and now there's a need for a solution that's more open, compatible and trustworthy.

2) Protection of the identity of Users and Objects -

Gates, doors, fences and firewalls are no longer a trustable guard for our security. The new perimeter in this case is our identity. We need to secure our this identity in order to keep the attackers from accessing our home security cameras, stealing our photo collections, medical records and bank statements etc. There's a need to embed Identity protection into the base platform on which our next-generation technology is being built, so that we can interact with the connected world with all our trust and confidence.

3) Password Usage should be eliminated -

Attackers usually make use of weak passwords, insecure password recovery mechanisms, poorly protected credentials or lack of granular access control in order to access a particular interface. In order to secure the IoT, there's a need of developing a technology that is highly compatible with all the devices, especially considering the fact that some of the existing "dumb" devices can be made highly "intelligent," creating a mix of new and old machines that run on disparate systems and technologies that must communicate.

4) Need to Implement Multifactor Authentication -

According to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software, authentication is not a sufficient tool when weak passwords are used or are poorly protected. However, insufficient authentication is a common thing because organizations often assume that their interfaces will only be exposed to users on internal networks and not to external users on other networks.

Implementing multifactor authentication is the solution to this problem. It can significantly strengthen the authentication process because it aims to remove the password. This further ends up eliminating many pervasive methods that attackers are commonly and successfully known to execute.

5) Focus on protecting the identities and not gateways -

Digital certificates are now the proven means of securing an identity. Traditionally, an expensive and complex system, certificates are nowadays available from many vendors that make them available to organizations more cost-effectively via the cloud. A cloud-based service has the potential to deliver an Internet-based certificate, a government-generated certificate or a company-owned certificate, into any form of credential that will protect an identity based on whatever standard has been adopted by the user.

Using the same technology, an identity can be used across various different environments. The significant advantage of this method is that it helps in the removal of the counterfeiting of goods, proliferation of passwords, and duplication of identities. A digital certificate is important because it cannot be copied, altered, or transplanted from a credential. In order to avoid being the next victim of the IoT security hazard, we recommend you to embrace multifactor authentication.

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