IoT innovation is becoming a critical enabler for digital business processes. As the number of devices surges, so do IoT security concerns.
IoT security and innovation in the network
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing our lives, the world we live in, and the way we do business. With billions of IoT devices already connected, every one of those devices represents an entry point for potential internet security threat, that means IT managers must be able to quickly discover, segment, and monitor devices.
Discover IoT devices easily
A large number of IoT devices will need to be connected constantly, no matter where they are, often in outdoor harsh or hazardous conditions that require ruggedized equipment with PoE or even PoE+ support. Onboarding the devices must to be simple. To simplify configuration the ALE Digital Age Network provides access to a very large (17 million) device database to quickly identify the connected object and automatically provision a configuration associated with a specific device.
Identifying an IoT device is key to defining the network requirements and policies such as, quality of service, security and bandwidth. It is important that IT define device profiles to ensure automated device recognition, classification and assignment to virtual containers.
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With a layered security approach risks can be mitigated starting at the device level. Using policy-based rules and network profiles, devices can be properly authenticated and authorized with the right level of access. Data packet inspection ensures network traffic is constantly monitored and anomalies are addressed immediately.
In a single physical network it is critical to segment devices into separate virtual networks, or containers to ensure that each service, or application, has its own dedicated segment. Establishing containers via virtual network segmentation, ensures IoT devices and the applications that control them are isolated, thereby reducing threats without the cost or complexity of operating separate networks.
Monitor for optimal operations and QoS
Many IoT devices deliver mission-critical information that require a defined level of QoS. Proper bandwidth reservations on high performance infrastructure is critical to ensure service reliability. Network SLAs must be clearly defined and enforced to ensure optimal operations.
Monitoring devices in the network ensures that the IoT devices and applications are functioning as desired. Each authorized object is stored in an inventory. This enables IT to instantly know, how many devices are connected on the network, the vendor device type and serial number, the exact location, and the status on the network.
A single management system provides complete visibility and control, and can only be achieved with a single physical network that is shared by all IoT systems and users.
IoT Digital Business in healthcare: Digital Age Networking supports IoT (or IoMT) so that only known and authorized devices have access to a healthcare network. IoT containment enables healthcare providers to operate a converged network that is virtually separated, enhancing security for all users, devices and functions.
IoT Digital Business in hospitality: IoT enablement allows for easy and secure onboarding of IoT devices. In the hospitality industry, the “hotel Internet of Things” is experiencing an increasing ecosystem of room sensors and automation devices. A smart room that delivers high-speed, high-quality Wi-Fi, with easy-to-use, non-intrusive in-room automation offers a winning formula to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.
IoT Digital Business in education: IoT devices support many areas of the education sector, from learning to research. All of the IoT devices must be onboarded and assigned the required network resources for proper operation and monitoring. IoT enablement technology automates these activities. It ensures the network is secure and that only authorized individuals have access to authorized systems, minimizing the exposure to cyber-attacks.
IoT Digital Business in transportation: IoT is driving efficiencies across all transportation segments. It can increase safety, improve the passenger experience, as well as drive down operational costs. IoT enablement allows transportation operators to automatically onboard IoTs, from the provisioning of bin sensors in an airport, to deploying CCTV systems for an ITS system.
IoT Digital Business in government: Digital Age Networking provides IoT enablement and containment, and facilitates IoT deployment in a simple and cost-efficient way. IoT digital business can improve how government entities gather data with the potential to transform the public sector.