Internet of Things: Why a Reliable Network Matters

Arun Kundu, Director, Professional Services, Asia Pacific & Global Strategy, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Monday, 03 July 2017, 10:11 IST

In the much-hyped world of the Internet of Things, the industry continues to focus on the number of connect­ed devices and machines that will roam the earth to­day, tomorrow and beyond. Arun Kundu, Director, Professional Ser­vices, Asia Pacific & Global Strategy, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has a broader view.

The Internet of Things is more than simply the number of connec­tions. It starts with a network that's both reliable and pervasive. This is true whether you're a provider of transportation and logistics services or other service in a major metropolitan area where network capacity is abso­lutely critical.

Without a reliable network, it's im­possible to maintain cybersecurity and cloud capacity to deliver actionable in­telligence at scale.

The Internet of Things is a nascent market with huge growth potential, but we find that enterprises and the broader ecosystem often get into it without fully understanding the com­plexities of building out more intelli­gence on to the edge of a network at scale and in a secure environment.

Cybersecurity gap in IoT

As the number of connected IoT de­vices constantly increases, security concerns are also exponentially multi­plied. HP Security Research reviewed 10 of the most popular devices in some of the most common IoT niches revealing an alarmingly high average number of vulnerabilities per device. Vulnerabilities ranged from Heart­bleed to Denial of Service to weak passwords to cross-site scripting. This brings to the forefront that greater attention needs to be paid to understanding cybersecurity risks within the context of the Internet of Things. Anything connected to the Internet is basically at risk, as are 'things' connected in a closed environment like a SmartGrid or a manufacturing plant.

According to Verizon's security ex­perts, there are three points in which connected "things" need to be secured:

1. The thing itself

2. The communications channel be­tween the thing(s); and

3. A remote service where the remote service talks or listens to the things and typically has some form of control over it/them.

Verizon's Managed Certificate Ser­vices lets enterprises know that two machines talking to each are the right two machines connecting, not a ma­chine that could be used to subvert another machine(s) for purposes of malicious intent.

As enterprises seek to derive more intelligence from the network by con­necting things, it's imperative that we help them navigate the entangled web of the Internet of Things proactively so that they understand the key risks and challenges with eyes wide open - and that starts with understanding the network.  

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