The revolution of Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the tech industry. One of the fascinating offering of the Industry 4.0 – the Internet of things which comprises of autonomous vehicles, smart wearables, smart home technology, and smart appliances are the “next big thing” in technology.
Cisco estimates that the number of connected devices will reach 50 billion until 2020, massive isn’t it?
Though the Internet of Things is gaining rapid popularity, the security measures are still compromised. The recent DDoS attack on DYN affected 80 popular websites including Amazon and eBay. DDoS attacks are caused by botnets which infect the site with so much traffic that they eventually crash. The last attack caused by the Mirai Botnets took place due to poorly secured smart devices such as surveillance cameras, thermostats, and webcams.
A decade ago, hackers used personal computers as a weapon for DDoS attack. But since things have changed, the IoT sensor embedded devices can be turned into bots to attack DNS servers. Traditional security measures are not applicable in such cases. The weak points of such devices demand stout security protocols, which in turn has grabbed the attention of cyber security providers Symantec and Cisco.
Cisco’s IoT Solution
Popular amongst consumers, Cisco’s solutions are renowned for their reliability and quality. Throughout the years, Cisco has earned a handsome profit by providing top-of-the-class solutions for businesses of every stature. Cisco’s solutions include advanced malware protection, cloud based threat analysis, IP-based dispatch and incident response system, and more.
Recently, Cisco acquired Sourcefire and ThreatGRID which aided the company to design top-notch firewall and cyber threat preventing solutions. Besides that, the acquisition of tech companies such as Portcullis, CloudLock, and Lancope has helped the company to earn a strong reputation amongst clients and customers.
Last year, Cisco saw a tremendous 18% growth in their sales while outpacing other competitive solution providers.
On the beginning of 2017, Cisco acquired a cloud-based platform – Jasper. With the purchase, Cisco was able to combine a reputed IoT platform with stout solutions to provide the best IoT starting point for its consumers. Together the product bundle can tackle any traditional and new threats.
Besides that, the company’s spokesperson also mentioned that it is designing a strong IoT solution for small and medium firms.
Symantec’s IoT Solution
When it comes to cyber security, the creator of Norton Antivirus knows no boundaries. Renowned for securing computers, emails, and data centers, the company is initiating its step towards securing a more sophisticated platform – The Internet of Things.
Symantec’s acquisition of Blue Coat has assisted the company to develop security solutions for both cloud servers and local networks. Symantec revealed that it would be releasing IoT solutions for companies of all level. The solution will cover a different aspect of cyber protections, which would require at least seven security vendors.
Symantec is tackling the growing threats in two ways.
Firstly, it is advising IoT manufacturers to use reliable hardware and software solution which includes built-in analytics, endpoint protection, over-the-air updates, and digital code signing.
Secondly, the company is using its – Eight New Roots of Trust developed for IoT devices. The system works as SSL authorization, and only lets the selected devices to connect with other trusted networks and devices. This foils access from any unauthorized devices while preventing the IoT devices from converting into bots.
Symantec believes that their product will be the next-gen security solution for IoT devices.
The security of IoT devices and networks are still the most under looked factors. But as these two security giants ensure companies ensure companies with robust solutions, we’ll have to see what the future holds for IoT.