If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely you have a fairly strong understanding of the Internet of Things and its potential for the future. As hardware manufacturers, software developers, and makers, it’s important that we have an understanding of the current risks and vulnerabilities today, to build the IoT products of tomorrow.
Securing the Internet of Things, a recent article from Forbes and Gartner, takes a look at the kind of challenges CEOs, CTOs, and other business leaders must address in the coming years. Gartner research has found that by 2017, 20% of enterprises will have digital security devoted to protecting business initiatives using IoT devices. In Why Shellshock is Bad News for the Internet of Things, from the Washington Post, we learn how easy it can be for a simple bug to expose thousands of devices to the nefarious. Although disheartening at first, both articles share a similarity in that each presents the pitfalls IoT will encounter, but offers answers and the chance to build in safety from the ground floor. It is as important as ever for us, the IoT creators and consumers, to build for the future but also understand its unpredictability and develop solutions that are proactive, not reactive. As previously discussed on the Embedded Beat; security as a primary factor in product design will be key. Freescale’s roots are firmly based on providing a comprehensive set of leading microprocessors and microcontrollers, software/tools, sensors, and internet connectivity with the security measures to keep it all together.
Contributed by Freescale Staff