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Adopting the IoT? Adopt the Cloud First
It's vital to make sure new devices added to your network do not work against you.
Instead, they are moving to quieter, more lucrative businesses, such as cryptocurrency (for example, Bitcoin mining). Once they gain access to your systems, they can siphon a small amount of CPU power away and reorient it toward completing equations that unlock cryptocurrency. You'll notice a slowdown in operations, and you might miss important manufacturing process data, which will affect production schedules or quality controls and, ultimately, the customer experience. Symantec found that this style of attack is increasingly attractive, citing in its security threat report that detections of coin miners on endpoint computers increased by 8,500 percent in 2017.
Cloud Security for the IoT
Rather than allowing your IoT sensors to feed data into an on-premise system—or, even more burdensome, disparate systems—adopting a cloud strategy allows you to store data off-site and on systems protected by providers dedicated to securing your operations. By migrating to the cloud before you install sensors, you'll create a single point of control, with greater accessibility from day one, and all data—IoT-collected or not—is locked down immediately.
For many companies, this level of security is no longer a luxury. Manufacturers that hold any data from European customers are already responsible for greater data security and accessibility under GDPR. But even U.S. companies that do not operate overseas will need to address their data-storage policies quickly, because California will soon implement its own regulations. By connecting your IoT-enabled devices, as well as solutions such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and point-of-sale (POS) systems, to a single cloud, you will be one step closer to achieving compliance.
Be Innovative, But Be Vigilant
Sean Ventura is the chief information security officer at Atmosera.
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