Internet of Things Security Blog Series | Table of Contents:
- Public Key Infrastructure Explained
- Internet of Things Security: Authentication vs Encryption
- Internet of Things Security Challenges
- Internet of Things Security Solutions: PKI Considerations
- Securing IoT Devices: A Scalable Solution with Public Key Infrastructure
- Designing Products for Security
- Internet of Things Security Solution Checklist
In the following weeks, I’ll be discussing how you can achieve scalable IoT security for your business. This table of contents will be updated as new Kyrio blogs are published. If you can’t wait for the blog series, you can get instant access to our free white paper, available now:
The industry has been chasing its tail for the past 5 to 7 years on the issue of Internet of Things (IoT) security, and it seems every week brings a new article about the need for device security or details about yet another security vulnerability exploit. The Internet is teeming with articles about issues and after-the-fact bandages, but very few of them get to the heart of the problem, which is how to secure network ecosystems that include interoperable autonomous devices.
IoT adoption continues to grow—but at the expense of good network and cybersecurity practices. Industrial and commercial IoT had previously been characterized by isolated networks that allowed devices within the network to communicate, but there was no connection to the outside world.
In these use cases, it was possible to get away with weak security because it was more difficult to execute a wide-scale attack from the Internet. However, there is growing demand by utilities and builders to enable external communication and control of commercial devices to improve energy efficiency and provide better power grid management. This requires that commercial, industrial and even residential IoT devices be connected to the Internet so that they can be reached by utilities and state energy regulators. These would include lighting control systems, smart meters, solar inverters and home appliances. In fact, network connectivity is already starting to be mandated in some states (e.g., California Rule 21).
However, as critical electric power infrastructure is being network-connected, there needs to be an economical solution that adequately addresses security concerns as well as the logistics surrounding its implementation.
Future-Proof Your Products with IoT Device Security at Scale
Companies that can provide strong security at scale will be able to use that as a key differentiator for their products, protect their brand and future-proof their products— which can have lifespans of 10 to 20 years or more— as calls for stricter requirements regarding device security loom on the horizon.
Even as more wired control systems get connected, wirelessly connected devices are seeing exploding growth. Wireless devices are much easier to install and often reduce deployment time from several weeks to just a few days— or even hours. Easier installation reduces the amount of time installers need to spend on a job, thus reducing costs and increasing revenue by enabling them to do more jobs in the same amount of time. However, expanded wired and wireless connectivity accelerates the need for a more scalable security solution for these networked devices.
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For these reasons, I’ve written an in-depth white paper that covers the fundamentals of security architecture, best practices and new processes that can vastly simplify the implementation of strong, enterprise-grade security into small resource-constrained IoT devices.
My goal is to teach you about how to enable deployment of security on a massive scale that’s needed for IoT, while not sacrificing security robustness, and providing a workflow that can be implemented in hardware across a highly fragmented, embedded system.
This paper won’t cover any hacks or exploits; those have been covered quite sufficiently to date. What is needed are more articles that cover the “how” of IoT security, not just further descriptions of new problems.
In the new IoT reality, users need to know how to apply security that is strong, simple and massively scalable to tens of billions of hardware devices.
Stay tuned to the blog as I’ll be covering IoT security from several angles. In the meantime, you can get instant access to my white paper on how to implement IoT security at scale, available now: