A hot topic in modern organizations, the Internet of Things is swiftly becoming a driving force in new security technologies. The Internet of Things represents some serious security issues that IT teams will need to address as the technology moves forward.
Identity-as-a-Service may be one of the newer technology trends that are able to secure organizations against this growing threat.
How the "Internet of Things" Is Threatening Organizations
Everything today is connected to the Internet. That includes printers, copiers, speakers, tablets -- virtually anything in an office is likely to be WiFi-capable and accessible via a web-based login. Though this may seem convenient, it's actually incredibly harmful. A recent study by HP found that up to 70% of Internet of Things devices are not properly secured. A device that is connected to the company network could be compromised, thereby compromising the entirety of the network. Organizations today may have dozens, if not hundreds, of unmanaged devices that are connected to the network and representing a security risk.
IT professionals have their hands full when attempting to manage the "Internet of Things." Each device that is introduced into the IoT expands the organization's network in addition to adding vulnerabilities, and the security protocols and authentication solutions that these devices use can be widely disparate, requiring entirely different methods of management. The only way to control the IoT is to create a consolidated infrastructure that can manage access, permissions, and protocols.
Protecting Against the Internet of Things With IDaaS
Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) provides a comprehensive, single login solution for all devices. Through Identity as a Service, authentication protocols can be maintained throughout an infrastructure, even in seemingly disparate elements.
Authentication and ID is exceptionally important to a network infrastructure. Authentication controls everything at a user can access, view, modify, and delete. With a myriad of devices and access points, authentication can become fragmented; users may have multiple logins and authentication protocols themselves can become unwieldy. Creating a single, overarching and comprehensive system that manages all devices and network controls can protect against the ever-expanding "Internet of Things" that presently threatens security.
Without appropriate management, the Internet of Things can become a risk to any organization. In addition to the threats that mobile devices and bring-your-own-device policies introduce, the Internet of Things creates vulnerabilities around every corridor. Consequently, IT personnel will need to manage these threats by creating consolidated frameworks through which these devices connect. Identity-as-a-Service is an all-in-one solution to many of these potentially compromising issues.
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