Four Key Steps for Enteprise IoT Security – ZDNet

August 29, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

There’s been a lot of press recently about the problems of IoT security: easily hackable smart locks, as many as 100M cars at risk, vulnerable light bulbs, and even sex toys that spy on you.

Here are some key concepts for the future of IoT security in the enterprise:

First, IoT is going to save a lot of lives

It’s worth pointing out up front that the most direct result of IoT is much better physical security. Cheap, easy-to-install sensors means fewer surveillance vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure.

For example, Gooee provides intelligent sensors integrated with lighting systems to monitor activity, temperature, and more. When people break in, or there’s a fire, or an earthquake is on its way, IoT means we can take action faster, saving assets and lives.

For example, as part of a Smart Cities initiative, SAP has been working with the city of Buenos Aires on a centralized city-wide dashboard showing real-time information from more than 700,000 different city assets. This includes flow sensors on the city’s water systems that proactively alert against floods that could endanger lives.

Almost every potential security threat can be minimized with the appropriate sensors. For example, gunfire locators can help alert crimes in progress: during the 2003-2004 Ohio highway sniper attacks, the FBI successfully used a ShotSpotter gunshot location system to find the shooter.