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July 20, 2020 by Blog

4 Best Ways to Build Security in IoT Development

In the rush to deliver more products to the market, several manufacturers traded off IoT devices security. In current times, many users are concerned and prioritize security as their biggest fear is letting businesses use their personal information.

The implementation of the GDPR act has impacted highly in the cause. According to this law, businesses must have the consent of the customer before collecting their personal information. Not fulfilling the requirement will cause the company to pay fines of up to 4% of a business’s global revenue or 20 million EUR, whichever is greater.

In the coming future, all the companies failing to incorporate IoT security in their devices will be facing a tremendous backlash.

The smartest way of incorporating security to your IoT devices will be to implement security as part of the development process. This will not save you time, but will also save you a lot of technical costs.

IoT security issues come with breach of public infrastructures as well along with the potential violation of the user’s privacy.

To eliminate these and several other potentially emerging security concerns, we have a breakdown in a few ways so you can make IoT security your priority.

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Develop a Security Mindset

You need to make sure that the foundation of building these IoT devices reflects the latest security measures. Security measures for the IoT devices should not be considered an added expense, rather considered as a part of the development process. The most important reason being that the cost of the security breach is way higher and devastating than the security cost itself.

Take the initiative and create the mindset and culture at the very basic business level to make security a key feature from the beginning. The rest of the steps will fall into their place naturally. Commit to bringing forward the right skilled security experts who will work to bring out the right infrastructure.

Authentication

Begin by adding authentication features to your IoT devices, which is a powerful way of adding security to them. This can prevent malicious entities from hacking the IoT devices by ensuring that the intended user and devices are accessing data. There are two levels at which this needs to be done depending on the IoT device.

End-user authentication is done by setting strong passwords and two-factor authentication. For the public sector and B2B level devices, you need to develop a special infrastructure and use certifications to carry out the process successfully.

Use Encryption Technology

The transmission of valuable data is what makes the IoT device appreciated. However, the process may come with several vulnerabilities. The information needs to move securely through the issuing device, the internet, the cloud, and/or the receiving servers and machinery.

To avoid a possible attack of the breach, you need to manage network and cloud level security with the help of encryption technology to make it work safely.

Today, several businesses are developing open encryption software. Using open-source encryption technology makes sense since you can always do your research to make sure that it works. This technology is also built and checked by data security experts from around the world, making it a strong platform to protect your data.

Hardware Is Key

All the above-mentioned measures can be run safely if the right hardware devices are chosen to be put in place. IoT devices don’t just power individual devices. They support public sector infrastructure and large-scale machinery for businesses.

There are multiple VPN software available today that protect the data of individuals as well as businesses. However, the complex one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many aspects of IoT objects means complexity that VPN alone can’t handle.

Also, in the case of the public sector and large industry devices, the hardware is meant to last decades and regular software updates as in mobile phones are not feasible. To target the issues, chips can be embedded in IoT devices to create greater security.

Chips can offer higher security as developers can create specialized operating software that are commercially available. They are also prone to get hacked into or breached.

Going further into building up the security level that chips can offer, adding an identity to each chip for every device one is embedded in, creates accountability and data protection. Working with an identity platform will help you secure your IoT device from chip to cloud.

Conclusion

Businesses are already walking a fine line between creating secure IoT and pushing IoT-based devices into the market quickly. As the use of IoT devices grows in the future, the matter of security cannot be ignored.

Although adding security measures creates a longer product-to-market cycle and higher expenses, the alternative—major data breaches can make these precautions well worth the effort. Tech giants need to see a mindset change and push to build more security measures to protect both the data of their own business and that of the public.

Want to know more about the IoT devices and their security measures? Please feel free to get connected to our experts and we can have a chat!

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