How could we secure Internet of Things?

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IoT is not left unfamiliar anymore. IoT has been contributing to a great number of fields, either it is the medical aspect or the industrial one, IoT has played a big role in all major industries. IoT has achieved a lot in itself in these few years. But, when it comes to the IoT security, organizations face a lot of challenges.

Organizations across all industries need to begin consider how they will secure their IoT devices, but face challenges when they try to create solutions in house. IoT security threats are increasingly complex and constantly changing.

According to the 451 Group’s report, 57% of organizations face skills shortages and lack cloud expertise in areas such as architecture, operations, and security. And when trying to recruit for the required cloud expertise, 30% of organizations find it very difficult.

The skills shortage and complex threatscape, combined with an astounding 60-70% of all IT enterprises expected to invest majorly in cloud-based solutions by 2020 is very good news for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) who want to get in on the IoT bandwagon.

Getting in on the action

A report by ABI Research, IoT Managed Security Services to See Significant Financial Impact from Industrial Applications, says by 2021, overall market revenues for IoT managed security services are poised to surpass $11 Billion, a fivefold increase. The firm predicts the needs for IoT managed security services will initially be driven by the industrial internet (interconnected machines and devices and intelligent analytics).

It’s also looking like new innovative use cases, such as connected vehicles, smart cities and utilities will drive future MSSP revenues, gradually shifting away from traditional markets such as manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas.

Gearing up for success

Organizations are looking for more from an MSSP than just a security solution. They need a partner (or partners) who will offer expertise, guidance and support. And there is evidence that security providers are coming together to integrate solutions and employ security across the entire IoT ecosystem. The industry is moving into a new era, securing the IoT, where encryption, cryptography, identity issuance and access management are a full-stack solution and not individual components. This way, security is built-in and is no longer an after-thought or a challenge. It becomes invisible and just happens, seamlessly, and securely.

Cloud-based data protection for managed service providers

As an MSSP you can take advantage of the immediate need to offer an IoT security solution that you can brand, bundle with your cloud or security services, and offer your customers a way to augment their security, effortlessly. By leveraging reliable, repeatable and profitable services, aligned to your business model, you can ensure the stickiness of satisfied customers, building in a range of security services, with single pane of glass management, across multiple clouds.

Gemalto offers such a solution with its SafeNet Data Protection On Demand, a cloud-based platform that provides a wide range of on-demand key management and encryption services through a simple online marketplace. Take a look at SafeNet Data Protection On Demand, or dive right in with a free 30-day evaluation.

The thought of a world of unprotected things can be a scary place, especially if you are a fan of horror movies like me. But it’s also an incredible opportunity for service providers to take control by offering robust security solutions developed for the increasingly complex, connected world.

 

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