Can IoT help make the enterprise more secure?
It’s no secret that the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) presents massive new security challenges. Heck, I’ve written about the issue here more than once. But one company claims that enterprise IoT also shows promise for addressing key security issues.
Tim Lang, CTO at BI and data analytics firm MicroStrategy, notes that 70 percent of security breaches come from the inside, and he says Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) can help enterprises “monitor and prevent these breaches before they happen.”
Lang cites McKinsey estimates claiming that 70 percent of the value created by IoT over the next decade will flow from business-to-business (B2B) applications. He says these B2B applications will use IoT technology to improve many elements of business operations, including security.
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Specifically, EIoT is positioned to help companies mitigate internal security risks.
Lang says: “What IoT brings to the table is a low-friction way of monitoring and tracking who’s in what system when, and sending alerts if there’s activity from unauthorized personnel or a settings change in a highly confidential system. Having this level of intelligence and support allows your team to have one eye open at all times and ensures the security of your most confidential databases.”
According to Lang, EIoT is a much better approach than traditional passwords, which constantly need to be updated and are easily leaked or stolen. More importantly, passwords and similar techniques are largely defensive, he says.
“In today’s world, enterprise organization can’t afford to constantly be playing defense, they need to be on offense,” Lang says. “Utilizing EIoT gives companies the ability to mitigate security threats before they happen. For instance, if you’re alerted of activity in a system coming from outside the office, you can immediately see who it was, [see] what they were doing, and decide whether additional action is necessary.”
So Still this remains the question Can IoT help make the enterprise more secure?