Internet of Things: Technology Spotlight

The Internet of Things (IoT) is being hailed as one of the most disruptive trends in modern history; certainly a transformative way to conduct out physical life. Media and technology companies talk about everything from augmented reality in shopping malls, the current wave biometric health scanners that sync to our fitness devices to smart buildings and even the adaptive robots in something called Industrialization 4.0. We're connecting in ways as never before through devices we never thought as communication portals (cars, light bulbs, security cameras, pacemakers, wind mills etc). 

It all sounds facinating and the level of IoT today is just a fraction of what's to come. The question is, will IoT be disruptive in ways we don't want? Can they be as much threat as help?

To gain competitive edge and become successful using these new technologies, we also need to stay clear of the potentially destructive consequences and ask the right "what if" questions such as:

  • What if hackers can break into the CAN (controller area network) and ECUs (electronic control units) of a connected car, hence gaining access to control of breaks, ignition, airbags, etc?
  • What if  life-support systems in a hospital are tampered with by a cyber-terrorist?
  • What if hackers can control internet augmented medical devices such as pace-makers and insulin pumps?
  • What if my IoT enhanced car breaks down in the middle of the freeway as a result of a new form of ransomware?
  • What if the camera feeds on a military vehicle is accessible by foreign states during combat mode?

Guess what, its already been done and there are millions of devices out there in the wild, just waiting to be hacked.

What Can Clavister Do To Help?

At Clavister we believe security should also be about enabling better communication and benefiting from new technologies such as Internet of Things.

Yes, there are risk but with proper security tools it can be made safe and the consequences of a breach less painful. Using a combination of classic firewalling, network segmentation, Application Control and Device Management helps you adopt Internet of Things in a secure way and on a holistic network layer. Securing IoT things on a network level is far more effective than trying to figure out how you would get a firewalling function integrated into the climate control system or your video surveillance cameras.

In a way you could say that Clavister helps you establish a secure environment, a walled garden of sorts, for your Internet augmented devices rather than integrating the security in the devices and sensors itself. This gives you a holistic and effective protection without having to figure out how to make the latest Anti Virus work on your fridge or smart TV.

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"Clavister was the sole Security Gateway provider flexible enough to deal with our diverse IT environment. Furthermore, they met our extremely high reliability standards. By implementing virtual security gateways we achieved our goals of server consolidation, ability to configure remotely, and most importantly, reduced capital investment." Uwe Fischer, CIO, E.ON C&R