Securing IoT


The Internet of Things, often referred to as IoT, is the connection of devices to the Internet that collect and exchange data. Nearly everything we own or want to own these days can be connected through the IoT such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch, cars, smart kitchen appliances, door locks and Bluetooth trackers, just to name a few. 

This is just the beginning! Can you imagine what we will be able to connect through the IoT by the end of 2017? According to Business Insider Intelligence, “there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices on Earth by 2020.” This opens up a world of possibilities for consumers and manufacturers! It also opens up the increasing need for security surrounding the IoT. Currently, there isn’t much security required with the IoT, but manufacturers, the government and consumers should start making it a primary focus. 

Security of IoT should be the primary focus for manufacturers

Hundreds of companies manufacture items connected through the IoT including, Honeywell, GE, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Fitbit, Garmin and Cisco, just to name a few. Security for manufacturers is often left behind because it is not always required for the devices or manufacturers do not know how to secure their devices. In the coming years though, security will have to move to the forefront of manufacturer’s minds. 


According to the 2016 Vormetric Data Threat Report, the protection of sensitive data is the top concern among enterprises. Because many of these control systems have been in place for so long, well before cybersecurity was even an issue, they don’t have the security to outsmart hackers. It is up to manufacturers to keep pace with the growing security concerns and security measures that should be put in place to make the public be and feel more secure with their products connected through IoT. How can manufacturers be guaranteed to do this: through the help of the government. 

How to ensure security becomes a primary focus for manufacturers

If manufacturers aren’t forced to have top-notch security on their devices they are putting themselves at risk for hacking and unhappy customers. One way to ensure security becomes a priority to manufacturers is having the government set security standards. With robots, drones and self-driving cars being at the forefront of the IoT, consumers are at a higher, more serious security risk. Without security surrounding these “big-ticket” assets we are giving hackers an entryway to homes and cars, prized possessions for consumers. Once the government sets security standards for manufacturers, it is also important for consumers to be knowledgeable of the items they are purchasing and how they are using them.

Consumers need to shift their focus to security of the IoT 

As much as it is up to the government to set security standards for manufacturers to follow, it is up to consumers to do research on these connected devices and be informed how not to not make themselves vulnerable to being hacked. The more devices consumers own, the more vulnerable they are to an attack. According to Forbes, they suggest protecting yourself from security threats by:

  • Changing the default password on the device you purchased
  • Understand what data is being collected by reading the terms and conditions
  • Consider how many connected devices you really need
  • Always update your software
  • Understand your device

In the coming years, manufacturers, government security standards and consumers must set the bar on protecting their devices and consumer information from security threats. While waiting for manufacturers and governments to act, consumers must begin to set security standards and secure our own devices, the less vulnerable we are to potential security threats.  

There are many benefits to the company of using a ‘white label’ provider to offer additional services to its customers.  Working with a partner to develop or deliver additional services includes:

·         Reduced costs (or none) of development

·         Speed-to-market

·         Learning new skill sets and market knowledge

·         Keeping focus on core offerings

·         Adding value to the customer

A ‘white label’ partner is often smaller, more nimble, and/or has a different core focus than the primary company.  If the company would like to deliver Security Services, but their core offering is around networks, they won’t already have security experts.  Some might argue that they need to build the offering themselves, but the go-to-market process for an in-house offering, often due to red tape and budgets, would likely be months if not over a year.  Another argument is that the service offering is already a proven commodity to the provider, with existing staff, who have the technical experience and the marketing knowledge to deliver effectively. 

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