Getting grounded in IoT networking and security

The internet of things already consists of nearly triple the number of devices as there are people in the world, and as more and more of these devices creep into enterprise networks it’s important to understand their requirements and how they differ from other IT gear.

The major difference is that so far they are designed with little or no thought to security. That stems from having comparatively little memory and compute power to support security but also because often they are designed with time-to-market, price and features as top considerations to the exclusion of security.

IoT devices use a varied set of communications protocols, so in an enterprise environment it’s essential that there’s support for whatever means they use to transfer the data they gather.

They are also built around a small set of recent standards or no standards at all, which can complicate interoperability.

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