Securing the Internet of Things

Securely Integrating the Cyber and Physical Worlds

More things are being connected to address a growing range of business needs. By 2020, more than 50 billion things will connect to the Internet—seven times our human population. Examples are wearable health and performance monitors, connected vehicles, smart grids, connected oil rigs, and connected manufacturing.

This Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionize the way we work, live, play, and learn.

Inadequate security will be a critical barrier to large-scale deployment of IoT systems and to broad customer adoption of IoT applications. Simply extending existing IT security architectures to IoT will not be sufficient. The IoT world requires new security approaches, creating fertile ground for innovative and disruptive thinking and solutions.

Many connected things in the future will have highly constrained resources that cannot be easily or cost-effectively upgraded. But they will still need protection over a very long lifespan. This increases the importance of cloud-based security services—with resource-efficient, thing-to-cloud interactions.

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