Top Ten Security Considerations for the Internet of Things

| August 29, 2016

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The promise of the IoT is beginning to emerge, and will increasingly become part of our daily lives. As discussed, this evolution comes with numerous security challenges that go beyond Web security issues of the past. These security issues can and must be mitigated if the IoT is to deliver on its promise of networked objects. To fulfil this promise, the “thingfrastructure” that enables IoT must be deployed using an API gateway that enables enterprises to layer-on the necessary security. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an industry megatrend that promises to open up new ways of doing business and communicating. The core difference between Internet of Things and previous computing revolutions is that in earlier transformations the human user has typically been the catalyst – we go to our PC to do some work; we go to the Web to research or to check email.

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