Best Practices for Secure IoT Communications

Foundational Refreshed: 05 September 2017 | Published: 11 April 2016 ID: G00299937


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Machine-to-machine technology offers operational improvement and business benefits, but it also extends the enterprise attack surface. IT leaders in charge of Internet of Things deployments need to engineer in security to minimize the loss of sensitive data, exposure to fraud and service disruption.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Machine-to-Machine Technologies Deliver Business and Operational Benefits
  • Analysis
    • Best Practices for M2M Security
      • Establish Who "Owns" the M2M Risk
      • Ensure Devices Are Inherently Secure and Properly Configured
      • Ensure That the Device Can Be Used for Its Intended Purpose Only
      • Ensure That Appropriate Authentication Is Used
      • Encrypt and Protect the Integrity of M2M Traffic
      • Ensure That M2M Modules Communicate Securely With Internal Device Components in High-Security Environments
      • Evaluate the Technology Provider's Procedures, Credibility and History
      • Future-Proof Your Technology Choice
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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