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Smart thermostats, autonomous vehicles, wind turbine farms—these are among the myriad products and commercial assets rapidly being linked to the Internet of Things (IoT). While this universe of “connected things” is sparking new experiences and business models, it’s also opened up a raft of security challenges that many IT organizations aren’t fully equipped to deal with.
The installed base of IoT-enabled devices is forecast to grow to almost 31 billion worldwide by 2020 and soar to 75.4 billion by 2025, according to industry estimates. Protocols for safeguarding IoT devices are similar to enterprise IT security practices—authentication, authorization, encryption and decryption, data integrity, and key management, among others. But the new frontier also introduces additional considerations, as there are a wider range of device types operating in a less controlled environment with an expanded attack surface.