Crucial Identity and Access Considerations for IoT Security

Alexandra Beswerchij

Alexandra Beswerchij is Product Marketing Manager for Privileged Access Management at CA Technologies. She excels at building relationships with customers and creating content to share their experiences with the world.

IDENTITY IS A KEY ELEMENT OF IOT.

The Internet of Things (IoT) comprises millions of devices, each of which has at least one administrator login associated with it. Each of these privileged logins creates a potential hacking opportunity. To complicated matters, the identity associated with any one of these logins may refer to an actual human user or a machine.

PAM WILL BE CRUCIAL TO SECURING IOT.

The incredibly complex identity landscape of IoT cannot be navigated using a standard approach to security. Therefore, specialized privileged access management (PAM) technology will be vital to ensuring that all the human and machine administrator accounts associated with IoT devices are secured and monitored appropriately.

DON'T WAIT FOR PAM TO MATURE.

In the IoT context, PAM technology still has a way to go before it is fully effective. Meanwhile, IoT is exploding in size and complexity. Therefore, in addition to adopting PAM, enterprises should deploy relevant existing security technologies wherever possible. For example, API security should be used to secure the interfaces that connect IoT devices.

By Alexandra Beswerchij | 21 Feb 2018

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