IIoT Myth:
IIoT Technology is Always Insecure

by Taivara, Technology Innovation

Common Myth: IIoT is always insecure

IIoT technology actually can be secure.

Every new technology goes through this stage in its beginning. When new technology is born, the creators are focused on proving that the technology works, making it easy to use, and getting people to adopt it quickly. Unfortunately, this often means that security is not necessarily a priority.

As a result, we hear horror stories of hackers stealing someone’s credit card online or holding people’s smart-appliances for ransom. When consumers hear these stories, they become wary of new technology.

Over time, security measures make vast improvements very quickly and the old, insecure, proof-of-concept technology catches up to industry-standard-level. However, as quickly as technology creators ensure their products are living up to expectations, tainted consumer mindsets still prevent people from adopting.

Remember that not too long ago, things like banking, sharing personal info, and making payments on the internet were highly avoided by American consumers. But today, millions of Americans purchase items off Amazon, update their Facebook profile, and do their banking from their phone and never step foot into a bank, every single day.

What changed?

Like everything else, cybersecurity measures consistently improved and consumers took the risks of having their information online in exchange for the convenience.

The same is happening with IIoT technology. Security measures advance but consumers still dwell on the past and are wary to adopt.

Now, it should be stated that nothing is 100% secure. Your bank, your phone, even your house, all have security vulnerabilities. If someone with the right capabilities really wanted to get inside one of those things, they could. However, it just needs to be difficult enough so that any malicious actors don’t want to spend the time on it, or would rather just move onto the next thing.

The key is to find the right partner for your IIoT project to help you figure out how much security is enough. You can spend as much money as you want on securing your devices and network, but there is always a happy medium of remaining safe and secure, and not breaking the bank.

Security Measures to Keep in Mind

Solid Architecture

Solid Architecture is about utilizing peer reviewed and proven system designs. Good system design reduces more risk than any other factor. Organizing the information types, the systems and the data flow during the design process will enable good Identity and Access Management

Good Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management, essential for defining who has access to what. Providing various access control layers for users, systems and data enables another proven security technique, Defense-in-depth which provides for redundancy if security components are compromised or fail.

In-depth Firewalls & Network Defense

Firewalls prevent unauthorized access to a system but don’t inhibit outward communication. Just as many organizations have firewalls implemented in their company’s network, they should also consider implementing in an IoT environment as well.

Vulnerability and Patch Management

Vulnerability and Patch Management is doing things like network scanning, firewall logging, and penetration testing to identify weaknesses in your network and then make them more secure.

Threat Recognition & Incident Response

When there is a threat, it’s important that companies identify that threat and respond to it in an orderly fashion. Threats can include things like phishing attacks, malware, denial of service attacks, and brute-force password attacks. By maintaining good visiblity into networks, companies can identify when attacks like these occur and respond quickly so that they can either be prevented or corrected.

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